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Tail Gate Exam


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What is a Tail Gate Exam?

A Tail Gate exam is a customs examination procedure that comes after an X-ray exam. What does it involve?

How Does a Tail Gate Exam Work?

Container Inspection: A Customs officer opens the container's doors and inspects its contents.

Seal Breach: The customs officer breaches the container's seal at the ocean port.

Customs Discretion: The decision to perform a Tail Gate exam is at the discretion of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

What Happens After a Tail Gate Exam?

Release or Escalation: Based on the examination results, the container is either released or escalated to a more intensive exam.

Customs Officer Decision: The decision is made by the customs officer.

How Long Does a Tail Gate Exam Take?

The duration of a Tail Gate exam can vary due to factors like port and CES traffic congestion. Typically, how long does it last?

What is a Centralized Examination Station (CES)?

Definition: A CES is a location designated by CBP for physical inspection of imported or exported cargo.

Inspection Accessibility: It is where cargo is made accessible for inspection.

Impact on Shipment Schedule: How does the use of a CES affect your shipment schedule?

Tail Gate Exam Duration Variability

The time required for Tail Gate exams can be affected by:

  • Port congestion
  • CES traffic
  • Customs officer discretion

Shipment Schedule Management

Your Beeontrade operations staff will update your shipment schedule as necessary.

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