December 2008
Ocean Freight Air Cargo

Ocean Freight


Attention all importers! This is extremely important! 10 + 2 update!


U.S. Customs (CBP) has filed the interim final rule for the new “10 + 2” program which is to start 60 days from filing in the Federal Register. The new informational requirement will be in effect on January 26, 2009.

The Security Filing, also known as 10 + 2, is another step in the Department of Homeland Security’s strategy to better identify high-risk cargo to prevent terrorist weapons from entering the United States.


Under this new regulation the steamship carrier will be required to submit 2 additional pieces of information to Customs before the goods will be allowed to be loaded at the port of origin. The additional information that will be required for the carriers is:

  • a vessel stow plan used to transmit information about the physical location of cargo loaded aboard a vessel bound for the U.S. and;
  • container status messages, which report container movements and changes in status (e.g., empty or full)

In addition, Customs (CBP) also will require importers or their agents to submit an additional 10 pieces of information on their “Importer Security Filing” containing the following:

  • Manufacturer (or supplier) name and address
  • Seller (or owner) name and address
  • Buyer (or owner) name and address
  • Ship-to name and address
  • Container stuffing location
  • Consolidator (stuffer) name and address
  • Importer of record number/foreign trade zone applicant identification number
  • Consignee number(s)
  • Country or origin, and
  • Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number

These 10 pieces of information that are required by the importer are to be sent to Customs via ABI (Automated Broker Interface). Since International Freight Systems already has the ABI link to CBP, we have already reprogrammed our data transmission system so that we can assist our importers in the submission of the additional required 10 pieces of information that will be transmitted under the Importer Security Filing. This will require extremely good communication between you as the importer and International Freight Systems as your Customhouse Broker. An Importer Security Filing must be made on each and every shipment 24 hours prior to vessel departure from port of origin. This is going to have a major impact on you as the importer. The importer, supplier and Customs Broker will be working more closely than ever.


For more information on “10 + 2” directly from Customs, please click on the below link:


Stay tuned for more information as this program takes off! We are just now receiving information from CBP as to how it will all work.


Air Cargo


Cargo Screening


Please be aware that when shipping air cargo, there are many layers of security and regulations. 


All cargo shipments are subject to inspection. International Freight Systems is not obligated to perform such inspection, except as may be required by law.


The TSA regulates all aspects of air cargo security. Their website is .


Effective October 1, 2008, all cargo offered for transport aboard a Narrow Body Passenger Aircraft within or from the US is subject to screening. Nearly all domestic flights in the US are Narrow Body Passenger Aircraft, however most international flights are wide body aircraft. Effective February 1, 2009, 50% of all cargo offered for transport aboard any Passenger Aircraft within or from the US must be screened. Effective August 1, 2010, this mandate extends to 100% of all cargo. These two upcoming dates and their accompanying inspection mandates are expected to create cargo backlogs in major US gateway airports. The Air Freight Industry and the Transportation Security Administration are working on programs to allow cargo screening earlier in the supply chain, thereby avoiding screening delays at the airport. International Freight Systems will keep its customers informed as these programs are implemented. Please contact us for any additional information.



International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC Newsletter is a bulletin for customers and partners.  Information contained in this publication has been gathered from a number of public sources that, to the best International Freight Systems’ knowledge, are true and correct.  It is our intent to present only accurate information.  However, in the event any information contained in this newsletter is erroneous, International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC accepts no liability or responsibility.


For more information on importation and U.S. Customs please click on the below link directly to Customs & Border Protection website:


For more information on air cargo matters, please click on: