Shipping to the United States: the United States Customs inspection rate rises!

2023-01-31 10:06


The United States Customs inspection of ports, especially the arrival of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports of containers, inspection is focused on toys, infringing goods, counterfeit and shoddy products, imitation brand. According to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), more than 26,500 shipments containing counterfeit and shoddy goods were seized nationwide in 2020. The estimated total value of the seized goods, if genuine, is about $1.3 billion. If these goods are confirmed to be fake, or if the relevant information cannot be provided, they will be confiscated or destroyed by the US Customs.


American check trivia


1. The United States does not have written inspection notice. Foreign customs clearance is declared to the United States Customs through the system, and the customs returns the status of the goods through the system.


2. The customs will focus on a certain period of time to inspect most cabinets in the port, and select key products and products prone to infringement for surprise inspection, which is why the inspection rate will increase dramatically in a certain period of time. For example, March, April and the second half of the year, November.


3. The United States Customs conducts random inspection or inspection based on data analysis or customer reports, so there is a chance of inspection, and being inspected is not necessarily a bad thing. If good records are left in the customs for several times of inspection, then the inspection will be much better, except for some sensitive products and products that FDA and FCC need to be certified and inspected.


4. The inspection of the United States Customs is closed, so it will not tell you the progress of the inspection in detail, only the completion and completion of the inspection. ‍



United States customs inspection


1. Verify whether the contents declared in the declaration link are consistent with the documents and goods checked by checking the actual import and export goods and customs declaration documents;


2. Through actual inspection, it is found whether there are smuggling violations or other import and export problems such as concealment, forgery and false declaration that cannot be found in the process of declaration and examination;


3. Doubts raised in the process of declaration and examination can be verified through inspection, so as to provide a reliable regulatory basis for taxation, statistics and follow-up management. ‍


General customs inspection refers to CBP inspection by the Customs of the United States. There are also inspection by some functional departments in the United States, such as FDA department, CPSC department, DOT department, etc., which have the right to conduct additional inspection or detain the goods after CBP release.


The US Customs stipulates that the declaration OF taking delivery of imported goods should be made within 5 working days after the arrival of the goods at the PORT OF ENTRY. However, through the computer-based IMMEDIATE DELIVERY system, importers can obtain provisional delivery permits for sea cargo five days before its arrival and for air cargo after its departure from the exporting country. If you want to check, there will be corresponding code in the system, such as 7H or 1H, which means X-ray check. There are four common ways of inspection by US Marine customs:


1) X-RAY EXAM/VACIS EXAM. X-ray scan or basic inspection. The customs requires the submission of relevant documents for customs clearance (including customs manifest and clearance documents), which shall be reviewed without unpacking. It is a simple inspection.


2) CET/INTENSIVE EXAM (CONTRABAND ENFORCEMENT EXAM). Strengthen inspection. This inspection requires unloading to see if the goods are in conformity with the actual declaration.


3) MET EXAM. Check in detail. Need to check the number of boxes, product name, product number, amount, intellectual property and other details.


4) TAILGATE EXAM. Such inspection is mainly carried out at the rear of the container to check whether there are any irregularities in the cargo. If customs notice anything suspicious, intensive checks will be ordered. ‍


Manual inspection is divided into 1/3 unpacking inspection, 1/2 unpacking inspection and Full inspection. The inspection time will also be affected by many different factors, such as whether it is the inspection season, whether the goods need to provide certification, and whether there are sensitive product names. Generally, the customs will give the inspection results 5 to 10 working days after the inspection starts.



In order to reduce the inspection rate, it is recommended that cross-border e-commerce logistics do so

1, separate customs clearance, separate customs clearance, not be involved;


2. Strict product classification, all goods truthfully declared import and export, to avoid the possibility of being confiscated or fined by the customs.

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