European Commission Urges 10+2 Delay

European Commission Urges 10+2 Delay

Customs and Border Protection should delay implementation of the Importer Security Filing rule until the World Customs Organization has had time to review its compatibility with the SAFE Framework security standards, the European Commission said.

In comments on the ISF (10+12) rule, the EC said that data elements that are not included in the SAFE Framework would not be accepted by trading partners because they would be unreliable with no way to verify their accuracy.

The ISF interim final rule that Customs put into effect last January extended the comment period until 11:59 p.m. June 1 for selected data elements and the cost of compliance. The European Commission is among the few groups to file comments before the deadline. Customs will begin enforcement of the ISF rule in January 2010.

“We consider … that the case has not been made for the remaining data and they will not improve the risk analysis, in particular as the interim final rule allows for the submission of inaccurate data,” the commission said.

Instead of unilateral action by the United States, the EC said a “more effective global approach” is possible if Customs waits for the WCO to complete its review.

Contact R.G. Edmonson at bedmonson@joc.com.