February 2 - Readers are remined that the Importer Security Filing, or 10+2 rule, came into effect last week and demands that shippers and carriers submit to US Customs and Border Protection 12 pieces of information not included in the cargo manifest to h

Customs officials said enforcement will be implemented in stages. From now until April 30, enforcement will focus on importers that have never filed the data, and filers that file incomplete data or don't meet the deadline, which is 24 hours before a vessel departs from a foreign port.

Starting from May, Customs will begin holding cargo of non-compliant companies, and will begin other enforcement measures, including additional inspections. It plans to start assessing liquidated damages from the middle of the year, and by year's end, the agency will be in full enforcement mode.