Important Information

Hahn International is ready to assist you in understanding and complying with the new requirements for importing cargo into the United States. The following information will help you further understand the regulations. Please contact us at (310) 216-6691 if you have any questions or need assistance importing your cargo.

U.S. CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION NUMBER TRADE INFORMATION NOTICE
Use of Rice Straw (Oryza sativa) as a Freight Packing Material

Importer Security Filing “10+2” Program

On November 25, 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an interim final rule entitled “Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements” in the Federal Register (73 FR 71730).  The interim final rule requires both importers and carriers to submit additional information pertaining to cargo to CBP before the cargo is brought into the United States by vessel.  CBP has received numerous questions concerning the interim final rule. To assist in understanding the expectations of CBP concerning the Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements rule, CBP has provided the following information for your review. Should you have additional questions please feel free to write to Security_Filing_General@cbp.dhs.gov. Questions relating to specific facts and circumstances of a prospective transaction can be the subject of a ruling request under Part 177 of the CBP regulations.

ISF Non - Compliance

As of July 9th 2013, CBP will begin full enforcement of ISF and will start issuing liquidated damage penalties against ISF importers and carriers for ISF non-compliance. Make sure all of your shippers and their freight agents are aware of the deadline and that they submit the ISF informtion to you or us timely.

FDA Prior Notice Filing

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the “Prior Notice of Imported Food Final Rule” on November 7th, 2008. The Final Rule amended the existing FDA Prior Notice interim final rule contained in 21 CFR Part 1, Subpart I, which has been in effect since December 12, 2003 and required that Prior Notice was submitted to FDA electronically via either the CBP Automated Broker Interface (ABI) or the FDA Prior Notice System Interface (FDA PNSI) for food, including animal feed.

FDA Final Rule
On May 6th 2009 the FDA Final Rule went into effect.  Changes were made to the allowed timeframe for submitting Prior Notice before the anticipated date of arrival:

Submissions made through the FDA PNSI will be allowed no more than 15 calendar days before the anticipated date of arrival. Submissions made through the ABI will be allowed no more than 30 calendar days before the anticipated date of arrival.No changes were made to the mandated timeframe for submitting Prior Notice before the shipment arrives at the port of arrival:

No less than 8 hours for food arriving by water at the port of arrival.No less than 4 hours for food arriving by air or rail at the port of arrival.No less than 2 hours for food arriving by road at the port of arrival (border-crossing).The Final Rule applies to all entry types, including Transportation and Exportation Entries (T& E).