ODFL expands global trade services to comply with U.S. Customs rules

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OD Global, a division of Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., on Friday, March 20, announced an expansion of existing global trade management services to include new Importer Security Filing (ISF) functionality, allowing Old Dominion’s U.S. import customers to comply with the new regulations issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) effective Jan. 26.

Under the new regulations, importers and vessel-operating ocean carriers will be required to provide CBP with advance notification for all ocean vessel shipments inbound to the United States. The ISF, commonly known as the 10+2 initiative, is a CBP regulation pursuant to section 203 of the SAFE Port Act of 2006 and section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002, as amended by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, for nonbulk ocean shipments arriving into the United States.

The new ISF importer compliance requirements will change the way importers and ocean carriers conduct supply chain logistics. The importer will be solely responsible for filing 10 data elements in the ISF, and vessel-operating ocean carriers will be responsible for two data elements. Importers may authorize a third party having access to U.S. Customs Automated Broker Interface to file the ISF on their behalf.

“That is where OD Global comes in,” says Greg Plemmons, vice president of OD Global. “We utilize experienced trade professionals at origin and destination as well as Web-based technology to facilitate the communication that is required by the ISF rule. Conversations with our import customers over the last year or so illustrated the need for preshipment compliance services. This capability, together with considerable coordination between Old Dominion trade professionals at origin and destination, enables our company to comply with the new requirements on behalf of our customers.”

For more information regarding ISF capability, call OD Global at 800-235-5569, option 3, option 3, option 2; or go to www.odfl.com.