The Cargo Examination Process

 

CBP determines whether a shipment will be selected for examination based on various factors including a Non-Intrusive X-Ray Inspection (NII), review of Manifests and review of Broker/Importer Entries. In actuality, the selection and physical examination of cargo amounts to 3% - 5% of all merchandise being imported and exported.

Once selected for examination, the shipment is moved to a Customs Exams Site

(CES), such as Price Transfer or FCL Logistics. If a shipment is selected for Trade

(MET), Agriculture (AQI) or other Government Examinations, the Importer/CHB selects the exam site (CES) and the trucker used for pickup and delivery of the shipment to the exam site.

 

If a shipment is selected for an (A-TCET) Contraband Examination, it is moved to the

(A-TCET) exam site (CES) by the exam site operator (Price Transfer) within 24 hours of selection. Due to the sensitive nature of A-TCET Intensive Examinations, all possible efforts must be made to preserve the confidentiality of the examination until such time the cargo is identified at the CES. Therefore, Price Transfer is not made aware of who the Importer/CHB is and must obtain all relevant information from the steamship line or terminal.

 

CONTAINER

EXAM NOTIFICATION

CET EXAM

MET EXAM

CBPA EXAM

FDA EXAM

TRUCKER NEEDED TO PICK UP CONTAINER TO TRANSFER TO EXAMSITE

CUSTOM

WILL

ASSIGN

CNEE/BROKER

ARRANGEMENT

CNEE/BROKER

ARRANGEMENT

CNEE/BROKER

ARRANGEMENT

EXAM SITE

CUSTOMíS ASSIGNED EXAMSITE

CNEE/BROKERíS

ASSIGNED

EXAMSITE

CNEE/BROKERíS

ASSIGNED

EXAMSITE

CNEE/BROKERíS

ASSIGNED

EXAMSITE

BROKER FILE GUARANTEE APPLICATION TO GUARANTEE MAKE EXAMINATION PAYMENT

EXAM FINISHED

BROKER MAKE EXAMINATION PAYMENT

IF CONTAINER NEED GO TO IN-LAND, INFORM RICH SHIPPING

IF CONTAINER DO NOT GO IN-LAND, SEND YOUR OWN TRUCKER TO PICKUP

 

 

 

 

 

The above mentioned is the general procedure when your container hold for exam, please advise RICH SHIPPING if you should have any question regarding your shipment.

 

 

 

What Types of Examinations Does the Government and CBP Perform?

 

(MET) Merchandise Examination Team performing Trade Fraud Examinations

CBP is looking at imported trade products for Visa requirements, duty, verifying invoices against product, checking for product compliance, copyright, licensing and counterfeit products.

 

(CBPa): Customs and Border Protection Agriculture (AQI) Examinations

CBPa is looking for pests and insects in wood packaging products and shipping containers.

 

(FDA): Food and Drug Administration Examinations

FDA is looking at food products allowed into the United States and for the possible smuggling of prohibited products or foodstuff.

 

(A-TCET): Anti Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team

CBP is looking for illegal cargo, smuggling, weapons of mass destruction, and other contraband. An (A-TCET) Intensive Examination requires complete unloading and staging of the shipment for piece-by-piece examination of the cargo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCE:

 

[1] PRICE TRANSFER GROUP (http://www.pricetransfer.com/pdf/Price_Exams.pdf)