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Centralized Examination Station (CES). CES Examination Process Flow September 14, 2011. Exam Notification. The CES is notified of exam based on type of exam:

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centralized examination station ces

Centralized Examination Station (CES)

CES Examination Process Flow

September 14, 2011

exam notification
Exam Notification
  • The CES is notified of exam based on type of exam:
    • Agriculture and Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) – Notification is sent to the CES by CBP. The hold sheet will specify whether the exam is a tailgate or full strip.
    • MET/Trade – Customs House Broker sends stamped 3461 to the CES. The CHB includes the CES in box 29 of the 3461.
  • With new agreement that is scheduled to take place on December 22, 2011, the CES operators will be required to be act as an AMS Service Center. At this time, the CES will get notified of the exam hold and release via AMS.
container availability and pick up
Container Availability and Pick-up
  • The CES checks for container availability at terminal.
  • If available for CES pick-up, the CES arranges to have container picked up from terminal within 24-48 hours.
  • If not available for CES pick-up, the CES will resolve issue of availability thru known entities – including Steamship Line, Customs House Broker, Freight Forwarder and CBP.
cargo devanning
Cargo Devanning
  • Container is delivered to the CES and moved to cargo door
  • Cargo is made available to CBP based on their instructions.
    • Full-strip - Entire contents of the container or devanned and laid out for inspection
    • Back-in (Tailgate) – Container is backed into door and doors are opened for inspectors to inspect cartons at door or tailgate of container. Tailgate may be converted to full strip.
cargo inspection
Cargo Inspection
  • CES provides CBP with report listing containers that have been picked up by CES and what stage the containers are in (in yard, at door, on floor, etc)
  • Each exam type (AQI, CET and MET/Trade) is inspected by their respective team.
  • Cargo may remain on Government hold after exam.
  • After initial inspection, cargo may re-load or remain on floor dependant on type of additional hold and pending further release.
  • Release status can be accessed via CES customer service or using CES internet tracking.
cargo released by cbp
Cargo Released by CBP
  • After hold is released from CBP, the CES will:
    • Get payment or credit agreement for CES for exam charges
    • Check with Steamship Line for line release
  • Container must have both Custom’s and Steamship Line release in order to release exam container
  • Container is delivered.