Competence with tradition

With sites in New Jersey, Houston and Charleston Leschaco USA is perfectly positioned for the dynamic world of transport with its commodity flows growing day by day. When we set up our comprehensive logistical service offers, we not only recognize the continuously changing requirements of the customers but we implement them in individuals and effective service packages. As a competence centre for tank container operations in the Americas Houston has an attractive double function.

Besides a first-class expertise there is the precise knowledge of US-specific regulations. For example the “10+2“ initiative of the US customs agency (requirement of specific prior information concerning the loaded goods), the set up of L/C and all matters concerning customs clearance are all considered in time. As a member of the C-TPAT initiative (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) we provide the basis for a mostly smooth exchange of goods with the US.

It was Leschaco, Inc., that, when founded in 1978, offered as one of the first companies in the US Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) tank container services and thus laid the cornerstone for Leschaco’s continuous and successful strategy of internationalization.


1. General Information on C-TPAT

2. C-TPAT Benefits

3. Minimum Security Criteria and Guidelines

4. Information on High Security Seals

5. 7-Point Container Inspection Process

  1. Outside/ Undercarriage (before entering facility)
  2. Inside/ Outside doors
  3. Right Side
  4. Left Side
  5. Front Wall
  6. Ceiling/Roof
  7. Floor (Inside)

Procedures must be in place to verify the physical integrity of the container structure prior to stuffing, to include the reliability of the locking mechanisms of the doors.

A 7-point Container Inspection Process is recommended for all containers.

6. 17-Point Tractor & Trailer Inspection Process

  1. Bumper
  2. Engine
  3. Tires (truck & trailer)
  4. Floor
  5. Fuel Tanks
  6. Cab/Storage Compartments
  7. Air Tanks
  8. Drive Shafts
  9. Fifth Wheel
  10. Outside/Undercarriage
  11. Floor
  12. Inside/Outside Doors
  13. Side Walls
  14. Ceiling/Roof
  15. Front Wall
  16. Refrigerated Unit
  17. Exhaust

Procedures should be in place to verify the physical integrity of the trailer structure prior to stuffing, to include the reliability of the locking mechanisms of the doors.

Border crossing tractors & trailers should be inspected upon arrival at the domestic facility.

A 17-point Tractor & Trailer Inspection Process is recommended for all trucks and trailers arriving from foreign.

10+2 Importer Security Filing (ISF)

The Security Filing, commonly known as the “10+2” initiative, is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) new regulation that requires importers and vessel operating carriers to provide additional advance trade data to Customs and Border Protection/Department of Homeland Security (CBP/DHS).
Leschaco, Inc. already has the IT solution to handle the EDI transmission as mandated by the U.S. Government agencies. For information regarding this service, please contact your local Leschaco representative. 
The rule requires importers to transmit 10 data elements to US Customs no later than 24 hours before cargo is loaded aboard a vessel destined for the USA. 
During the first year, CBP/DHS monitored all ISF submissions for timeliness, accuracy and completeness and worked with any non-complying ISF filer in order to help them adhere to the new requirements.
In order to provide the trade sufficient time to adjust to the new requirements and in consideration of the business process, changes that may be necessary to achieve full compliance, CBP/DHS will show restraint in enforcing the rule, taking into account difficulties that importers may face in complying with the rule, so long as:

1.       importers are making satisfactory progress toward compliance and

2.       are making a good faith effort to comply with the rule to the extent of their current ability.

Consequently ...
No liquidated damages assessed for not meeting the new requirements
No “do not load” (DNL) holds for compliance issues
Importer Requirements: Regular Cargo (Includes Free Trade Zone and In Transit shipment): requires the electronic filing of an Importer Security Filing (ISF) comprised of the following 10 data elements:

1.       Importer of Record number
2.       Consignee number
3.       Seller (Owner) name/address
4.       Buyer (Owner) name/address
5.       Ship to Party name/address
6.       Manufacturer (Supplier) name/address
7.       Country of Origin
8.       Commodity HTS-6
9.       Container Stuffing location
10.   Consolidator name/address 

Carrier Requirements:

1.       Vessel Stowage Plans required for arriving vessels with containers
2.       Container Status Messages required for containers arriving via vessel

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”. 
The ISF Importer, as a business decision, may designate an authorized agent to file the Importer Security Filing on the ISF Importer’s behalf.

If an Agent is used for ISF purposes, a power of attorney (POA) is required. Furthermore, the Agent must have access to the approved systems such as vessel Automated Manifest System (AMS) or Automated Broker Interface (ABI). 
An importer may be a self-filer or they can choose to use an agent.
All ISF filings are to be done electronically via vessel Automated Manifest System (AMS) or the Automated Broker Interface (ABI). There will be no paper forms allowed.

The party who filed the Importer Security Filing must update the Importer Security Filing if, after the filing and before the goods arrive within the limits of a port in the United States, there are changes to the information filed or more accurate information becomes available. 

ISF filings will be secured by a bond. Generally, continuous bonds will be accepted for ISF filings. 
After the informed compliance period officially ends, the ISF Importer is bound to provide a complete, accurate and timely filing or risk liquidated damages in the amount of $5,000.

If filing is not done, Carrier (shipping lines) will receive the following massage: No “do not load” (DNL) holds for compliance issues. 

More information can be obtained by visiting:

USA Terms & Conditions

Facts and Figures
Founded: 1978
Offices: 3
Employees (2013): 56


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Member of IATA

Leschaco INC.
Mark C. Malambri
President & CEO

15355 Vantage Parkway West
Suite 195 | Houston 
TX 77032

phone (1) 281.442 1895
fax (1) 281.590 5039

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Jersey City Office

One Evertrust Plaza Suite 304
Jersey City
NJ 07302

phone (1) 201.333 0200
fax (1) 201.333 4550

Charleston Office

4925 LaCross Road 
Suite 110 | North Charleston
SC 29406

phone (1) 843.308 0090
fax (1) 843.308 0029