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Avoid/reduce CBP Intensive Inspection

CBP's authority to inspect your shipment
  CBP has the authority to inspect any shipment imported by any person from any country into the customs territory the United States before it is released from CBP custody, no reason is required to explain to the importer, no prior notice is required to provide to the importer, and the importer is liable for the compensation fees to CBP employees, the transportation fee to move the shipment to the inspection facility location, the inspection fee, the storage fee and the demurrage fees.

What factors may increase the chances your shipment is chosen for CBP inspection ?
  CBP has an algorithm to select the shipment to conduct CBP examination, the following factors will be considered, but not limited to,
  your manufacturer is a suspicious manufacturer
  your manufacturer is not registered with proper PGA
  the stuffing place is a suspicious location
  your merchandise may be a product of labored force
  your merchandise may be bearing counterfeit trademark or simulating trademark
  your merchandise may be gray market article
  your shipment may contain some undeclared articles or contain some restricted or prohibited articles
  your shipment may contain controlled substances or firearms
  your shipment is consolidated with other suspicious shipmet belonging to a suspicious importer
  your shipment is greatly undervalued
  you do not have the required permit to import your merchandise
  the commercial invoice does not give complete and accurate descriptions of merchandise name, price, quantity, and other required info
  the classification number in the entry documentation does not corresponding exactly to the article in commercial invoice
  you have a record of mislabeling the wrong country of origin marking or missing the correct country of origin marking
  you have a record of ilegal transshipment
  the consignee is a suspicious person
  the delivery premise is a suspicious location
  your food product or chemical shipment does not meet the applicable PGA requirements
  If any one of the above factors apply, your shipment will be tagged/chosen to conduct CBP inspection.

Types of CBP Inspection
  When CBP tags your container for an inspection, CBP will conduct a customs examination to decide if they should detain or release the shipment.

  There are three different types of CBP inspection that your shipment could be subject to,
   1. The X-Ray Examination (VACIS exam): The containers are scanned using an X-ray machine at the terminal. Once the photos are examined, CBP officers will either release the container or tag it for an additional examination.
  2. The Tail Gate Examination: The container is inspected at the pier. CBP officers break the container seal and physically inspects the shipment. If everything is determined to be correct, they will either release the container or send it for a final intensive inspection.
  3. The Intensive Inspection: The entire container is taken to a Customs Exam Site (CES), where it is emptied of its contents by authorized personnels. The shipment will then be separated by parcels and boxes to prepare for a full inspection of the shipment by CBP Examining Officer.

How to effectively avoid/reduce the frequency of CBP intensive inspection ?
   To put it in short: quality products made by a CBP trusted manufacturer in a CBP trusted location/country are imported by a CBP trusted importer to a CBP trusted consignee in a CBP trusted delivery premise through reputable CBP brokers with all required trusted documentations.

Working with CBPbrokers is your best choice to effectively avoid/reduce the frequency of CBP intensive inspection.

The importer/exporter is solely responsible for his act of importation/exportation, and he is solely liable for the the duties, fees, and penalties upon his act of importation/exportation. The information provided on is to our best knowledge and experiences and it is not your definitive source for information. If you have any doubts or need additional clarifications, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other US government agencies are the definitive sources for your questions.