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Types of Customs Holds and Exams: In Detail


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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Examination Process

What is the role of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)?

CBP is responsible for protecting the country, monitoring security risks, and preventing smuggling and misvaluation. What is their primary function?

How does CBP determine which shipments to examine?

CBP uses a targeting system that assigns scores to shipments. What factors does this system consider?

When does a shipment get subject to further review or an exam?

What data sources does CBP use for targeting shipments?

CBP collects data from various sources, including the Automated Manifest System (AMS), Importer Security Filing (ISF), and entry data transmitted by brokers. How does this data contribute to the examination process?

What are the types of Customs holds that can be placed on shipments?

Manifest hold, Commercial enforcement hold, Statistical validation hold, CET hold, and PGA holds. What are the specific reasons for each type of hold?

How does CBP notify the broker and importer if there is a hold on a shipment?

What actions are taken when a shipment is placed on hold?

What are the three types of exams used by Customs to address holds on shipments?

X-ray or non-intrusive inspection (Non-Intrusive Inspection) exam, Tailgate exam, and Intensive exam. How do these exams differ, and what are the associated fees?

Is there any way to expedite the examination process?

Are there options to speed up the examination process? What are they, and are they effective?

How does the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) program help expedite clearance?

Are there guarantees for expediting the examination process?

What factors can affect the length of time it takes for a shipment to be examined, even when expedited steps are taken?

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