March 19, 2014, Today’s Trucking
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ports on the northwest coast of the U.S. have received requests to change the course of vessels because of the truck driver strike in Vancouver.
Some companies are asking for their cargo to go through a U.S. port in order to discharge it for delivery to Vancouver via truck or rail or asking for diversion to deliver the cargo to a U.S. destination.
All aspects of the Trade Act will be enforced and all other laws and regulations enforced by CBP, including Importer Security Filing (ISF) will be applicable to these shipments and to the transporting conveyances.
“Importers are reminded that shipments must comply with laws of partnering government agencies, and are subject to enforcement actions if these regulations are not met,” CBP said in an issued statement.
For cargo that is entering into the commerce of the U.S., an ISF-10 is required, and for cargo that is passing through the U.S., an ISF-5 is sufficient.
If the cargo was originally identified as “Freight Remaining on Board”, and is intended to be discharged and transported to Canada, the original ISF-5 for that cargo satisfies the ISF filing requirements.
Also, all diverted cargo is subject to normal CBP processes, including targeting, enforcement examination and large-scale non-intrusive inspection at the actual port of discharge.