You might begin by asking your buyers if you are in compliance with your ISF filings.
Every time a new program goes out the door, coming back to it and insuring that all companies are in compliance is tricky at best. Just ask any CFO you know if they are in full compliance with Sarbanes Oxley. But I digress.
As you may recall all import products from abroad now require Importer Security Filing (ISF) which is also known as 10+2 because 10 data elements are required from U.S. importers and 2 data set items are required from carriers. These 12 items were required beginning in January of 2009 requiring importers and vessel operating ocean carriers are required to provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP with advance notification for all ocean vessel shipments inbound to the United States.
Behind The Importer Security Filing Program (ISF) or 10+2 is an attempt at helping to prevent terrorist weapons from being transported to the United States and to improve Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ability to identify high-risk shipments so as to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security.
The following are the 10 data elements are required from the Importer:
1. Manufacturer (or supplier) name and address
2. Seller (or owner) name and address
3. Buyer (or owner) name and address
4. Ship-to name and address
5. Container stuffing location
6. Consolidator (stuffer) name and address
7. Importer of record number/foreign trade zone applicant identification number
8. Consignee number(s)
9. Country of origin
10. Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number
From the carrier, 2 data elements are required:
1. Vessel stow plan
2. Container status messages
Ask your solutions provider if they have this information available to assist you in you off shoring plans.