The good news about Importer Security Filings, says Customs’ Richard DiNucci, is that more importers are filing all the time and the filings are getting more accurate.
“We’re closing in on 3 million filings on 10+2 with 97 percent accuracy,” DiNucci told The Journal of Commerce’s Trans-Pacific Maritime Asia Conference in Shenzhen last month. “And we’re very pleased that 98 percent of the entities that are filing are (small and medium-sized) exporters. That was a concern when this started.
“We saw 30,000 on a single day,” he said. “They’ve increased on a monthly basis for eight or nine months; as they’ve increased, we’ve seen the error rates go down.”
But shippers also may find that preparing for 10+2 filings does not end the attention to ISF. There is concern in some shipping circles that government agencies could use the more detailed information in the ISF filings for enforcement of trade and commercial regulations. Attorneys in Washington say a proposal has been circulating in the Senate Finance Committee to call for ISF filings to be used for trade compliance.
DiNucci said Customs would simply enforce the rule that is written. “That is a case in which the trade needs to be involved in that dialogue,” he said.
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