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All our website is for Reference use only)
(ONLY valid contact, with us, are list it here,  all others are invalid)
1. ISF 10+2 (Importer Security Filing)  /  ISF  FAQ. 63 pages  /  (click here)

2. US Local Ports Contact  /  e-Allegations / Anonymous  tips (8663472423)

3. Air Forwarders by Air Forwarders Association  /  iata.org.

4. Ocean Freight Forwarder: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

5. Filing a Complaint Freight Forwarder/NVOCC/ etc  with FMC.gov.

6. US Government Agencies /  www.usa.gov.

7. For more links to import, export & etc.  Industry.

8. Basic Importing by  CBP.gov (Import  requirements 211 pages) &  for others.

9. All Shipment are  Incoterms  (PRE-Arranged,  BEFORE leaving foreign port)

10. Warning:  Also,  Be  aware  of  scam  hijack  emails  &  OTHER  scams.

11. Importers are  RESPONSIBLE for all Laws/fees. US Federal Court (click here)

All our website is Reference use only & our service are Arrangement only.
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From CBP/Customs and Border Protection website (click here)

Container was examined by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and being charged a fee by the Centralized Examination Station (CES).  
Under
19 USC 1467, CBP has a right to examine any shipment imported into the United States and it is important to know that you, the importer, must bear the cost of such cargo exams. Per the CBP regulations, it is the
responsibility of the importer to make the goods available for examination-- "
The importer shall bear any expense involved in preparing the merchandise for CBP examination and in the closing of packages" (19 CFR 151.6).  Household
effects are not exempt.  No distinction is made between commercial and personal shipments. In the course of normal operations, CBP does not charge for cargo examinations. However, there may still be costs involved for the
importer. For example, if your shipment is selected for examination, it will generally be moved to a Centralized Examination Station (CES) for the CBP exam to take place. A CES is a privately operated facility, not in the charge of a CBP
Officer, at which merchandise is made available to CBP officers for physical examination. The CES facility will unload (devan) your shipment from its shipping container and will reload it after the exam. The CES will bill you for their
services. There are also costs associated with moving the cargo to and from the exam site and with storage. Rates will vary across the country and a complete devanning may cost several hundred dollars. The CES concept fulfills the
needs of both CBP and the importer by providing an efficient means to conduct exams in a timely manner. CESs are discussed in part 118 of the Code of Federal Regulations and are available for view by
clicking here.       
Importer is
FULLY RESPONSIBLE for all Laws/Liability/fees.  Case from federal court / US Attorney’s (click here).

Note: Most of Exam & Exam-delays can be linked to missing/incomplete/misleading consignee/manufacturer information, also, missing/incomplete/misleading country of origin, poor item description (
materials that is made out of ),
unrealistic values, missing Fabric/Textile (ie: cotton%, woven% & etc.) detail sheets & etc.   Below exam fees are for stander shipment, REEFER,  Hazard, & etc shipment exam could be double/triple or more.   Also,  LATE ISF filings.
IF US Customs Required your shipment to move to
Exam site after 10am (pacific time)  or  PTT is issued after 10am by Customs,   it will be considered as next day move/delivery to exam site, meaning you will be paying other days
of storage fees (IF any).      
Disposition  Code is a 2‑position alphanumeric code transmitted in AMS in a status notification message indicating the action that has been taken against the bill. (Importer Frequency of Examination (FOE)  
When If any,  EXAM by US Customs/Agencies:  Who will be receiving Exam Notice, FIRST  /  Who will be Notifying Exam to You/Importer/Consignee & Your Customs Broker  /  Who is Freight Forwarder  /  Who is a Customs Broker.
.   a. Most of Exam are issue 6-7 days before your shipment is in US port, by US Customs/Agencies to your US Freight Forwarder.  Only then, your Forwarder will notify you & your Customs Broker with  Exam Notice  at  Arrival Notice.
.   b. Your customs broker can receive Exam notice as “manifest hold”,  BUT ONLY after, Customs Broker has filed Customs Entry, of your info/documents (Arrival Notice,  Invoice,  Packing-list,  BL & etc) to USCustoms/Agencies.
.   c. So, Beyond this point, for your Broker could do, shipment-Query every 24-48 hour using  ABI, for up-date,  BUT, your Forwarder is notify immediately by US Customs/Agencies, since, your forwarder is moving cargo to destination.
.   d. US Customs/Agencies could notify your US Freight Forwarder by email/fax/phone/freight-software:  (To-continue or  stop for exam or  move-it-to-exam-site &  Etc.)  (99% of all Exam Notices are from your Freight Forwarder)
.   e. Freight Forwarder = Before shipping, your vendor (supplier/freight-forwarder) pre-arrange with US Freight Forwarder to unload / warehouse.  Shipping Terms = Bill-of-Lading (aka; Bill-of-Sale) / Mnufacturer  Contract  Agreement.
.   f. IF Exam (VACIS, NII, X-Ray, IBET, Tailgate, MET & ETC.) are done,  Exam-Site will forward the Invoice to your Forwarder.  Exam fee will be add it to your NEW Revise Arrival Notice  from your Forwarder.  (99% of the time).
.  g. IF Exam (CET Exam,  A-TCET Exam,  Intensive Exam/Stop Sign, IPR, Tailgate,  Emergency Action Notifications &  ETC,), your Exam-Site will be Notify you & broker,  Importer MUST pay DIRECTLY to exam site. (100% of the time).
.  h. We can pay your vendor, BUT first, you must wire your vendor fee to us +service fees $50+$47.50 &  3 wire fee (+$100): (1) to received wire form you, (2) us to wire your vendor, (3) your vendor to receive from us & delay from Bank.
.   i. Customs Broker is Broker between US Customs/Agencies & Importer:  To submit importer info/documents/etc, on your behalf, exactly way it was received from Importer & your-vendors, to US Customs/Agencies.
.   j. And to communicate with your US Vendors (Freight Forwarder/Warehouse/Exam-Site/US Customs/Agencies & etc.) & relay there needs to you.  Also, to help you translate shipping terminology / Bill-of-Lading from your suppliers.
.  k. Customs Broker is NOT a Broker between you & your vendors  (Supplier / Factory / Forwarder / Warehouse / Shipping-company / CET-Exam-Site, Fumigation-Site, US Agencies  & etc.).   Arrival Notice for LCL   & Full   &  Exam.
.   l. Customs Broker invoices are (ISF filing & Entry filing)  Entry $150/$199,  Service $25/$50  Duty/Tax,  HMF/.001250,  MPF/.003464,  Single Entry Bond / Continuous Bond.  IF Subject-to Document processing $85+ Messenger $45.
. m. For Full Container  &/or LCL with Subject-to (FDA,  USDA &  ETC,), most of Exam notice may coming from Customs Broker as (Exam Processing $40+Messenger $45)  ++US Customs MAY invoice you their own processing fee.
.  n. For US Customs/DHS/Agencies to  Examining  Cargo/Containers  is More  Important than  Scanning  Emails.   Container could contain, almost anything, such as:  ("Terrorism's  Trojan  Horse  Attack"  and  OTHER.)



VACIS exam (Vehicle and Cargo Inspection Systems Exam)  /  Non Intrusive Inspection (NII) / X-Ray Exam:
Using a gamma ray imaging system to examine the container’s, contents without breaking the seal.  VACIS, NII & X-ray exam are  usually done either at the pier or at another location in the port complex.  
VACIS / NII / X-Ray Exam for LCL & Full Container, Forwarder or Broker could look-up the fees on Terminal website or by calling the Terminal. (
click here) to view some of standard fees
. a. Per CBM average cost = $15-$35 & +.   +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (2-20 working days)
. b. For 20 feet (TEU) container average cost = $150 - $350 & +.    +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (2-20 working days)
. c. For 40/45 feet (FEU) container average cost =  $200 - $735 & +.   +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (2-20 working days)
. d. IF US Customs issues move-order to exam site, Immediate Transportation (IT) must be issued, cost is $195. (other 1-5 working days)
. e. 70% of the time, it will lead to OTHER exam.
.  f. All fees MUST be pre-pay by consignee/importer.

Tailgate exam  /  Backdoor Exams  /  Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET):
Customs or another government agency opens the back of the container and looks in without handling the cargo.  These exams are looking for anything suspicious that may necessitate an intensive exam.
Tailgate / Backdoor / IBET Exam for LCL & Full Container, Forwarder or Broker could look-up the fees at Terminal website or by calling the Terminal & bill the importer or importer could pay directly
. a. Per CBM average cost = $40-$50 & +.      +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (2-25 working days)
. b. For 20 feet (TEU) container average cost = $200 - $1000 & +.         +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (2-25 working days)
. c. For 40/45 feet (FEU) container average cost = $200 - $1500 & +.       +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (2-25 working days)
. d. IF US Customs issues move-order to exam site, Immediate Transportation (IT) must be issued, cost is $195. (other 1-5 working days)
. e. 50% of the time, it will lead to OTHER exam.
.  f. All fees MUST be pre-pay by consignee/importer.

CET Exam (Contraband Enforcement Team)  /  A-TCET Exam (Anti Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team) = Intensive exam/Examination Notice (Stop Sign):
Physical examination of any import entering the territory of the US.  Should importer become subject to a
CET Exam/Intensive Exam/A-TCET you can expect that it will be transported to a Customs Examination Station (CES) and
undergo an actual hands on physical inspection & x-rays. It may requires complete unloading and staging of the shipment for piece by piece examination of the cargo. CBP is looking for illegal cargo, smuggling, weapons of mass
destruction, & other contraband.    Many times narcotics dogs and X-ray machines are implemented in searching for items that are not allowed into the US. i.e., drugs, weapons, other suspicion & Etc.   
Example of Exam fees = (click here  $2,059.90  &   $1,843.60)
. a. Per CBM average cost = $50-$300 & +.      +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (5-25 working days)
. b. For 20 feet (TEU) container average cost = $350 - $2500 & +.         +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (5-25 working days)
. c. For 40/45 feet (FEU) container average cost = $500 - $3500 & +.       +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (5-25 working days)
. d. IF US Customs issues move-order to exam site, Immediate Transportation (IT) must be issued, cost is $195. (other 1-5 working days)
. e. 50% of the time, it will lead to OTHER exam.
.  f. All fees MUST be pre-pay by consignee/importer.

MET Exam (Manifest Examination Team) /  (Compliance Exam) /  Invoice  /  Proforma Invoice / Commercial invoice Exam:
Team of U.S. Customs officials that examine invoices and packing lists on a random basis, it could led to other exam.  
Most common problems is Under-invoicing true value on the commercial invoice to submit to Customs and by
lowing the duty/tax that need to be paid.  
. a. Per CBM average cost = $20-$50 & +.      +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (5-25 working days)
. b. For 20 feet (TEU) container average cost = $100 - $300 & +.         +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (5-25 working days)
. c. For 40/45 feet (FEU) container average cost = $150 - $700 & +.       +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (5-25 working days)
. d. IF US Customs issues move-order to exam site, Immediate Transportation (IT) must be issued, cost is $195. (other 1-5 working days)
. e. 70% of the time, it will lead to OTHER exam.
.  f. All fees MUST be pre-pay by consignee/importer.

Emergency Action Notifications (EAN):  (FDA,  EPA/DOT,  USDA,  Lacey-Act,  other Government Agencies Exam):  Fumigating Exam.  
. a. Per CBM average cost = $300-$1000     +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (10-45 working days)
. b. For 20 feet (TEU) container average cost = $1500 - 7,205 & +.   +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (10-45 working days)
. c. For 40/45 feet (FEU) container average cost =  $1500 - 10,205 & +.    & +.    +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (10-45 working day)
. d. IF US Customs issues move-order to exam site, Immediate Transportation (IT) must be issued, cost is $195. (other 1-5 working days)
. e. 25% of the time, it will lead to OTHER exam.
.  f. All fees MUST be pre-pay by consignee/importer.  

.   USDA is usually looking for insect infestation or improper wood packaging (Fumigation-Certificate/Report & all other documents are importer responsibility, NO other).  USDA may do either a tailgate exam
.   & an intensive exam & X-ray & other exams, depending on what they find.  Various products and countries with a history of problems may be repeatedly flagged for USDA exams. (for example, ceramic tiles .
.
  shipments from Italy, is know to have Oulema leaf beetle, Xerotricha conspurcata snails and Helicellinae snails ). IF import can't supply Fumigation Report to US Custom/Broker, US Customs will issue
.   Emergency Action Notifications (EAN) and ordered the importers to fumigate the containers (Fumigating an container in US Port could cost $1,000's & other fees & delaying your shipment being release
.   from US Customs).  Could take, over 10-45 working days.  For more details (click here) & (click here) & (click here)       Fumigation Certificate = 'pest control certificate' ISPM 15 RULES (click here).
.   NOTE: Fumigation should be done BEFORE your shipment could leave from foreign countries, ask for Fumigation Certificate from your supplier/factory.
.   Example of other: Emergency Action Notifications (EAN) was issued with Vacuum-Cleaned/Fumigation (click here During the Exams US Customs has found seeds in importers container).
.   After Vacuum-Cleaned/Fumigation is done, importer received invoice (click here $1900 sample), this Customer got luck, i seen other paying over $7,000.  + Moving the Container to Vacuum Site & Moving it
.   back to Terminal (click here).  USDA & other government agencies will be invoicing to Consignee/Importer/Broker/Freight Forwarder/Carrier.  (all fees MUST be pre-pay by consignee/importer)

.   Case file on LCL shipment of  "Taun Hardwood":  We filed the ISF ONLY   &  emailed a customer that shipment must be clear by Local Broker, list of Broker was email in Michigan (Subject-to   ADD / CVD)
.   Customs officer called-in asking if we are the Broker, NO, we are in CA & customer is in Michigan.  Officer said,  shipment is not only Subject-to  ADD/CVD,  it's also, Subject-to  Emergency Action Notifications (EAN)
.   Since we only filed ISF, we don't have arrival notice,  only Bll-of-Lading description of "Taun Hardwood" (click here)  

.   2015 approved site of Fumigation in US.  & importingusda.html
.   www.lacbffa.org/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=111464  (Los Angeles/Long Beach/Port Hueneme (Oxnard)
.   Fumigation Policy from some of the port/carrier (click here)
.   Los Angeles/Long Beach/Port Hueneme (Oxnard) Fumigation / Treatment / Destruction / Steam Sterilization / Etc. by USDA  (click here)




In some cases:
.    IF FDA / USDA / SUBJECT-to government agencies, CBP will release the shipment, but there is still FDA hold on it.  You could pick-up your shipment, but can NOT be sold or altered until FDA hold is lifted.
.    FDA may visit location of shipment   or   email/mail/call the consignee send notification when you could use or sell  or  if the shipment must be returned to your vendor (normally it could take 4 weeks from
.    FDA/US Customs) OR FDA MAY NOTIFY THAT IT MUST BE DESTROYED, (click here) for sample of notification. IF so, Fees will applied: Customs destruction forms = +$200  +  Messenger Fee = +$50  
.    + FDA fees = +$150  + Solid Waste Fee +$300 +  Storage (if any) +  Pickup and Delivery of shipment to Waste (if any)  + Lab Test (if any)  +  ETC.....   (all fees MUST be pre-pay by consignee/importer)

.    In other case:
.    FDA Released after Detention, months later with Notice of:  These products are released. This notice does not constitute assurance that the product released complies with all provisions of the
.    Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, or other related Acts, and does not preclude action should the product later be found violative (click here) sample.    

.    Before shipment is release, FDA hold on Ceramic Mug, Spoon & Ash Tray. (click here)

.   In other case of Fish and Wildlife (FWS) / USDA:
.   Consignee import a Woman/Hand Bags, BUT Consignee/Supplier/Factory did NOT disclose all of materials that is made out of, on all doc's,  Such as Fabric/Textile, (ie: cotton%, woven% & etc.) and
.   Some of the bags has a Sea-Shell,  shipment had to Segregate from other bags, all shipment was transport it to Fish and Wildlife (FWS) Exam Site &  Consignee had to hire someone who has access to
.   US Customs/Fish and Wildlife (FWS) Site (cost over $1000) + Storage/ Demmerage fees.    + Entry was refile by Local Broker (Consignee paid for Two Entry Filing).  (click here) sample.     

.   IF your shipment value is over $250 & shipment is Subject-to: FDA, EPA/DOT, USDA,  each government agencies submission fee $85  + submission messenger fee $45  =  $125 per agency  (click here for details)

With
Exams or With-OUT Exams, SOME of the fees will apply from US Customs Bonded Warehouse/Sea-Port/Exam-site/Forwarder + above fees (your vendors will be invoicing you)
1. Pierpass Traffic Mitigate fee (TMF) =
20ft container ($61.50 - $100)   /  40ft container ( $123 -$200 )  
2. Warehouse / Terminal Demurrage / Storage =
They will giving this fees after the exam is Done.
3.
Diem Charges / Over usage of Container  = They will giving this fees after the exam is Done.
4. Moving your shipment to Exam-Site by US Customs Bonded Trucker =
They will giving this fees after the exam is Done.
5. Examination / Examining /  inspection /  inquiry / investigation =
They will giving this fees after the exam is Done.
6. Some of Known fees (CBP FEE, DAD FEES, DOCUMENTATION, EQPT SURCHARGE, CFS FUEL S/C, PTT FILING FEE, INSURANCE FEE, LOADING/UNLOADING CHARGES &
ETC.)
7.
Etc & Etc fees = They will giving this fees after the exam is Done   
8.
ALL Fees will be forward to you/import   and     ALL FEES MUST BE PRE-PAID BY CONSIGNEE/IMPORTER.    



Trade Exam / Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) :   Trademark Search / US Patent &  Trademark. Seizure Statistics (click here). + Hazard & Etc. shipment. Tips for Importers & Exporters by US Customs (click here)
Sample of Detention/Detained Notice, possible trademark issues / counterfeit (
click here) &  consignee paying over $7,200 for trademark exam fee (click here)  
. a. Per CBM average cost $50-$3,000     +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (5-25 working days)
. b. For 20 feet (TEU) container average cost = $350-$12,500    +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (5-25 working days)
. c. For 40/45 feet (FEU) container average cost = $500-$13,500     +$40 Document Process fee  +$45 Messenger submission fee   + if any, Transporting fee to exam site,  Storage fee  &  Etc fees.  (5-25 working days)
. d. IF US Customs issues move-order to exam site, Immediate Transportation (IT) must be issued, cost is $100. (other 1-5 working days)
. e. Do NOT import any Trademark, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) & etc.,  Unless you have import/export permit from origin & final location of country/manufacturer. (Trademark License Agreement sample click here)
.  f. 50% of the time, it will lead to OTHER exam.   All fees MUST be pre-pay by consignee/importer.     
.  g. For more info on IPR:   (click here) (click here) (click here) (click here) (click here) (click here)

Telex-Released Bill-of-Lading(BL) Exam   vs   Original-Bill-of-Lading(OBL) Exam:  
IF
Intensive Examination Notice (Stop Sign),  IBET-Exam,   A-TCET-Exam,  USDA-exam  &/or  any other Exam is issued & if it's Telex-Released at Bill-of-Lading(BL), your  shipment/container could be moved to Exam site ASAP, BUT if
your shipment/container requires
Original-Bill-of-Lading(OBL), your Freight Forwarder/Carrier MUST received OBL with your signature on the OBL, in order to move it to Exam Site. Until OBL is receive you may be paying Storage
Fees/Demurrage fees & other fees.  With or With-OUT exam, your US Freight Forwarder/Carrier MUST receive OBL to release your shipment to you,  
OBL is Consignee/Importer RESPONSIBILITY only,  OBL/Telex term are negotiate between Consignee/Importer & your factory/suppliers.






IF you are
Consignee as Foreigner / NOT a US citizen / Non-Resident or Foreign company (NOT register in US)  &  if you are importing your personal USED items &/or Importing commercial goods into US, US
Customs can take up-to 90 days to clear your shipment(s).   After your shipment has been cleared & Payment is made in full you will be receiving (
CBP Personal 3299 / Personal USED)  &  Pick Up Order & Bill of Lading(Delivery
Order/DAD/ DO)    &  IF any, File Notes Listing / ABI Report (ONLY if, your shipment is other then Long Beach/Los Angeles Port).   For more details (www.cbp.gov)




Exam fee is NOT including your vendors (it's only for exam), such as
if any, other Exams Fee   + Customs Clearing Fee   + If any, other US government agencies fees,  +  if any, your CFS warehouse  
+
if any, your Freight Forwarder,  or any other fee (+  if any, Etc. fees,)   + US Customs has the discretion to modify/amended Duty/Tax at any point.  

IF US Customs &/or any other US Government Agencies finds any violation/misleading information of importation, US Customs may Hold / Confiscate / Seize / Penalize / the US importer/exporter & .........

Importers are getting more used to the frequency of exams, but it’s still often a mystery  as to why  a particular shipment may be chosen.  It is a fact that US Customs  does not disclose its examination selection process to the trade
community.  To do so would be a national security risk.

There are four major factors to an import transaction that tend to play a predominant role in determining the need for an exam – the shipper, the importer, the country  of origin/export, and the tariff number.  Although an exam could be
completely random, these four factors are of prime interest to US Customs.
It’s worth noting that if you are a new importer, you should plan for your first few shipments to be examined until you have an established track record with US Customs. Likewise, if you have a history of  compliance violations,  such as
country of origin marking issues, your cargo is much more likely to be examined.

NOTE:
Manifest hold may later be overridden to an other exam.  For those  importers that are C-TPAT certified or validated, their  containers get preferential treatment by being advanced to the front of the queue when they reach the site.  All
fees (Demurrage/Storage/Exam/Storage & etc) MUST be pay before you could pick-up/transport.

If your shipment is LCL (Less Container Load/NOT a full cargo):  it may NOT be, US Customs are trying to Examine your shipment, But since you are sharing a container spaces with others, 99% of the time, US Customs will X-
ray/VACIS/Tailgate/CET/A-TCET Exam the whole container & bill the whole container, and all the consignee / owner-of-shipment will be paying for the % of spaces that was exam.  IF you shipment is FCL (Full Container Load), you will
be bill for full amount.

Above Exam Processing Fees are our service arrangement to exam site!!!
To AVOID Our reimbursement Service Fees (CLICK HERE).  We are NOT payment center for all your Vendors, we are here to clear you shipment with US Customs

For more details on Exams (click here).  Other example of Exam chargers from Price Transfer (click here) & (click here) from Long Island CES Exam Sites
" Importers are responsible for all fees, US Laws & International Laws. "  (click here)   Intensive exam/Examination Notice (Stop Sign)


IF your shipment is FULL Container & if it's under Exam, your Forwarder / Carrier will receive Exam Notice from US Customs, during the Exam & Once exam is done:
1. Your Forwarder / Carrier will be emailing Revise Arrival Notice (ie; invoice)
2. Once exam is done, your Forwarder will receive notice to remove from Exam Site to Port by US Customs
3. You Must communicate with your Forwarder / Carrier, your contact information is on your First arrival notice you received from your Forwarder / Carrier.
4. Forwarder / Carrier owns or lease the Container, so Forwarder is responsible to shipment & notification of any exams to Consignee
5. IF shipment needs to be move to exam site, BEFORE US Customs has release, Broker need to issue IT# to warehouse / terminal to move it with Bonded Trucking
6. Once exam is done, your Forwarder will be emailing
Revise Arrival Notice adding the Exam fee
7. During the exam you will need to communicate with your Forwarder (info on Arrival Notice)  
8. Many time we are the Last to know if your shipment is in Exam, because US Customs had to notify your Forwarder then your forwarder will notify us  


a.
Final Ruling  by US Customs/agencies  for ISF Filing (part 1-2) is  6 years  &   for Customs Entry filing (part 2-2)  is  5 years.
b. Even if you received
Customs Release  (7501,   3461 or 3299,   DO/ DAD  &  IF any, ABI report) on your shipment.
c. Importer is
RESPONSIBLE for all Laws/Liability/fees/permit(s)/Documents (Invoice, Packing-list, BL,  Arrival Notice  &  etc.)   Case File from federal court  US Attorney's.
d.
Your Shipment  = Your Responsibility,  Your money,  Your profit/sells,  Your Vendors (supplier/forwarder & etc.), Your Documents,  Your Arrangement,/negotiation &  etc.
e.
EXAM Notice  BY Freight Forwarder = LCL  arrival notice / Full Container  arrival notice.    ADD/CVD  WITH  Emergency Action Notifications &  Some of Exam are in $1,000's.
.   7512 (IT) is filed = $195,  if shipment is moving to exam site / to clear in other port,  BEFORE US Customs has release the shipment.
.   If 3461 & 7501 was issued by US Customs, most of exam site will ask for 3461 only (will NOT need 7512).  Also, most of ISF 5 must use 7512 form.  (for more details)   
Here are some of the Exam fees we known, but they could create new term & fees anytime/anywhere. (Reference only). To Search other (click here)            
Disposition  Code  is a 2‑position alphanumeric code transmitted in AMS in a status notification message indicating the action that has been taken against the bill.
Importer Frequency of Examination (FOE)  



























Examples:  EXAM RATE
http://www.fcllogistics.com/PDF/FCL%20Exam%20Rates.pdf

Examples:  IF & how your shipment has been SELECTED it for EXAM by US Customs &/or US Government.
http://fcllogistics.com/PDF/Price_Exams.pdf
Los Angeles, CA Rates
$220.00 = Shipside Exam
$220.00 = IBET Exam
$220.00 = X-Ray Exam
$220.00 = CTG Exam
Mobile, AL Rates
$373.05 = Out of Gage Fee
$79.94   = Vacis Shipside Exam
$159.87 = Vacis Staged Exam
Jacksonville, FL Rates
$79.54 = Vacis Shipside Exam
$132.57 = Vacis Staged Exam
$83.83 = USDA Exam
$371.2 = Container Rework
Miami, FL Rates
$85.00 = Vacis Shipside Exam
$175.00 = Vacis Staged Exam
$125.00 = USDA Exam
$125.00 = US Coast Guard Exam
$125.00 = LQV (Limited Quantity Verification) Exam
$132.21 = Dray Charges
Houston, TX Rates
$85.57 = USDA Fee
$51.55 = Vacis Shipside Exam
$92.37 = Vacis Staged Exam
$113.42= Dray to CBP
$163.00= OOG Swing
$59.77 = RTG Weighing
Portsmouth, VA Rates
$160.70 = US Coast Guard Exam
$160.70 = FDA Payment
$160.70 = USDA Fee
$142.85 = Vacis Shipside Exam
$285.70 = Vacis Staged Exam
Elizabeth, NJ Rates Port
$214.90 = Seal Checks (Grounded)
$449.10 = On Terminal Exam (Dry)
$512.35 = On Terminal Exam (Reefers)
$449.10 = Tailgate Fee
$449.10 = US Coast Guard Exam (Dry)
$512.35 = US Coast Guard Exam (Reefer)
$449.10 = Pop and Tap Tailgate Fee (Dry Grounded)
$512.35 = USCG Exam Reefer (Grounded)
$115.00= Segregation Handling Fee
Bond Requirement for ISF filing with US Customs:
.  b. Calling us or Emailing us & confirming a Single ISF Bond, which could done within 30 mins. (click here) to apply & (click here) to view cost of Single ISF Bond.  
.  c. Single ISF Bond could be used only Once
.  d. To apply for Continuous Bond (click here). BUT, for US Customs to issue Continuous Bond (to you), it takes 5-8 working days to be approved by us/US Customs.

Bond Requirement for Entry Filing with US Customs:
.  a. Calling us or Emailing us & confirming it. Single Entry Bond, could done within 30 mins. (click here) to view cost of Single Entry Bond fees.  
.  b. IF your shipment value is less than $2,500 or if it's your personal USED items, Single Entry Bond is NOT required, but with some RESTRICTIONS (click), (click) & (click)
.  c. IF shipment is your personal USED items, please email your Pass-Port & Visa with Foreign address and how long you had lived in that address.  
.  d. IF your shipment is over $2500, you must have your own Single Entry Bond or Continuous Bond to complete the Entry filing with US Customs.
.  e. BUT, If shipment is subject to FDA, USDA, Lacey-Act, FWS, any US Government Agencies, ADD / CVD & Etc, Single Entry Bond cost is TRIPLE the normal bond fee (click)
.   f. But, if your invoice value is over $5,001 & if shipment is subject to FDA, USDA, Lacey-Act, FWS, any US Government Agencies, ADD / CVD & Etc, you MUST have your
.      own Continuous Bond. (click here) to apply. For US Customs to issue Continuous Bond (to you), it takes 5-8 working days (2 weeks) to be approved by us/US Customs.
.      Continuous Bond eliminates ALL single bonds for Next 365 days.

NOTE: Single ISF Bond & Single ENTRY Bond are two DIFFERENT bonds.    
Importing Close-Out items Issues:
Do to Underinvoicing occurs with some of the importer & exporter, you need clarified that your shipment is Close-Out.

1. Importer need to provided All the email communications between your supplier/factory & you, that is close-out

2. Importer need to provided how it was paid to supplier, if wired, please email copy.

3. Signed affidavit that you are not relate (No relationship) it to your supplier/factory.

4. Your supplier/factory need to stated why, when & how it became close-out with Signed Affidavit.

5. All info that may help us/US Customs to understand.

6. It may also cause more Exams (click here) on the shipment(s).  Exams could cost $100's and $1,000's, and delaying import/export shipment(s) for days.

7. US Customs can classifies as  ADD/CVD,

8. For more details (click here)


.   
1.  IF US Customs decided to penalizes you/importer, for LATE ISF filing, US Customs will notify you by mail/letter within 3-9 month (Normally)  Also, US Customs may contact us to relay the letter to you
.    if so, you MUST pay US Customs ASAP.  Otherwise US Customs / Other US Government Agencies will/may add interest, Other-fines, Black-list you & Etc.  

2. Pay your duty/tax & etc., on-time (ASAP),   if NOT, US Customs issues Penalty/Fines (click here) for sample.

3. Example of change duty/tax Free to 6% within month: Consignee import same product month ago at duty/tax free, then Consignee import same items think there will be
.    no duty/tax again, BUT when we submitted Customs Entry, US Custom notify us, NOW duty/tax are 6% (before you import, please check with www.cbp.gov for all details)
.    (click here) (click here) (google search)  (GSP BENEFIT EXPIRED)   " Importers are responsible for all fees, US Laws & International Laws. "  (click here)

4. After Bond has been issued, but  "Insufficient":  Bond Marked by CBP as " Insufficient  " (click here)  /  Letter from US Customs IF payment are late or NSF for Duty/Tax Sample.   

5. IF US Customs &/or any other US Government Agencies finds any violation/misleading information of importation & etc, US Customs may Confiscate/Seize/Penalize/Fines/Examine the US importer/exporter
.    shipment(s) & Recall the US importer/exporter, anytime, up-to 5 years.  Please disclose detailed descriptions of shipment on all Documents (Invoice,  Packing-list,  Bill-of-Lading & Etc.) with HTC/HTS Code,
.    Material that is made out of & Etc. Importers/Exporter are responsible for all fees (click here) & US/International Laws (cbp.gov)  EXAMPLE: CBP Action WithOUT Notification BackDated Duty/Tax (click here)

6. Country-of-Origin: Each item/product MUST be label with Country-of-Origin, Otherwise US Customs will/may Confiscate/Seize/Penalize/Fines/Examine the US importer/exporter shipments OR US Customs
.    may tell you to label each items with Country-of-Origin & send samples with Country-of-Origin  AND/OR  US Customs may visit your warehouse withOut announcement, to check if you have done each label
.    for each items/products.   Also, in some case they will NOT release the shipment until label are on each items, if so, you will need to hire someone who has access to US Customs & label each items,
.    can cost $1,000s.  (click here) for samples notice from US Customs.
Here are some of other US Government Agencies who may be examining your shipment(s). / SUBJECT-to: