Wallenius Wilhelmsen has established the procedures to ensure compliance with US Customs 24 hour Advance Filing Rule.

Advance Cargo Declaration

Trade Act of 2002, known as the 24-Hour Rule, is a US Customs & Border Protection (USCBP) regulation that requires the advance cargo declaration of all cargo onboard a vessel calling or transiting a US port to be submitted electronically no later than 24 hours before vessel departure from a foreign port of loading.

USCBP uses the cargo information to identify and eliminate potential terrorist threats before vessel sails from a foreign port to the U.S seaports, rather than after the vessel and cargo arrives in the United States

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Advance Cargo Declaration

Wallenius Wilhelmsen performs this service for all customers. The data elements required to be included in the cargo declaration are taken from our master Bill of Lading (B/L), which is issued on the basis of shipping instructions as received from each of our shipper customers.

The USCBP rules prescribes the data elements that must be included in the cargo declaration. An incomplete declaration will be rejected by the Customs authorities. A container shipment for which a declaration has not been filed and accepted by Customs may not be loaded. In other words – USCBP 24 Hour Rule applies a "no documentation - no load" requirement.

Penalties and delay of the vessel and shipments carried may result in case of breach of this requirement.

The most efficient way for you as a customer to reduce the likelihood of Customs authorities issuing "Do Not Load" requests or holding cargo after discharge is to ensure that the shipping instructions are:

  • Provided in due time and at the latest by our documentary cut-off
  • Complete
  • Accurate

Wallenius Wilhelmsen applies this "no documentation - no load" requirement for shipments on vessels loading foreign ports which are calling or transiting a US port.

Necessary information for US Cargo Declaration

The data elements we need to receive as part of the shipping instructions for inclusion in the cargo declaration are:

  • Full name and address of Shipper
  • Full name and address of Consignee
  • Full name and address of Notify Party (mandatory for "To      Order" B/L)
  • 6 digit HS Code
  • Code for the type of packages if cargo is packed
  • Number of packages
  • Shipping marks for packaged goods
  • Container and seal number as applicable
  • Gross cargo mass (in kilograms)
  • UN code for dangerous goods

For further information, please contact your local Customer Service representative.

Importer Security Filing (ISF)

The Security Filing, commonly known as the “10+2” initiative, is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation that requires importers and vessel operating carriers to provide additional advance trade data to CBP pursuant to the Trade Act of 2002 for cargo shipments arriving into the United States by vessel.

All ISF filings are to be done electronically via vessel Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

The party required to submit the Importer Security Filing (ISF) is the party causing the goods to enter the limits of a port in the United States.  This party is known as the “ISF Importer”.

  • Could be the owner, purchaser, consignee, or agent (e.g. customs broker).
  • For foreign cargo remaining on board (FROB), this party is the carrier (vessel operating carrier).
  • The party filing the (in-bond movements), immediate exportation (IE), transportation and exportation (T&E), or foreign trade zone (FTZ) documentation is the ISF Importer for those types of shipments.

NOTE:  The ISF Importer is ultimately responsible for the timely, accurate and complete submission of the ISF filing electronically in ACE.  Therefore, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics cannot file the ISF on behalf of the Importer or the party filing any of the above mentioned in-bond movements.