ISF FILING GUIDE
US Customs requires this info to legally import your goods into all U.S. ports. Filing ISF is easy if you provide these important documents to us in a timely manner. These documents contain important data about your shipment and the parties who will receive your shipment in the USA ( Importer of Record).
• ISF data sheet- ISF data is typically provided by the shipper/forwarder who organized your shipment. If you have not received an ISF data sheet, simply ask us and we can provide a workbook to complete.
• Bill of Lading- The BL has important vessel, voyage, schedule and container info pertaining to your shipment.
Power of Attorney- Complete our USCBP Power of Attorney form. Your sales specialist will have provided you with a link to access electronically. Note, for businesses, this form must be signed by an officer of the company- i.e. President, Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary
* If you are filing as a company, please fill out and sign this form online.
Corporate Power of Attorney
If you filed as a company we need IRS Backup info- Please provide backup of your importer number.
-If you have opted to use an IRS EIN/TaxID number as your importer number, we’ll need a copy of communication directly from the IRS which shows the same EIN/TaxID, business name, and address as was entered into your POA form.
Drivers license/passport or government issued ID-If you are an individual using your social security number as your importer number, we will need a drivers license/passport or government issued ID showing the same name and address as entered into your POA form
• Commodity Info– we need to know the “essential character” of the product you are importing. For ISF, you are welcome to simply write a detailed description of what you are importing.