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What happens when my shipment is held for
examination at a port of entry?
 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) works within the
framework of the U.S. Customs and Border
Protection ...
 Cargo may have been targeted for
examination by one or more federal agencies.
 Once a shipment has been held for
examin...
 National CPSC targeting
 Local CPSC targeting
 Referral from another agency at the port (i.e.
CBP or FDA)
 If you are an entity with access to the Automated
Commercial Environment (ACE), check to see if
documents are requested....
 CPSC is physically co-located with CBP at Port Newark
◦ a CPSC representative is available for cargo examinations every
...
 Full Release of all cargo
 Sampling and Conditional Release of specific
items in the shipment
 Sampling and Detention ...
 If all cargo passes field screening and document review,
CPSC will notify CBP that no further action will be taken by
CP...
 A sample of each potentially violative product will be
gathered and sent to HQ for further evaluation.
 The product wil...
 The samples of potentially violative merchandise
are processed by CPSC at the port
(photographed, electronically recorde...
 CPSC HQ notifies the local CPSC representative of the
final determination regarding each sampled product.
 Local CPSC n...
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The Import Cargo Examination Process - 2017

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The Import Cargo Examination Process - 2017

  1. 1. What happens when my shipment is held for examination at a port of entry?
  2. 2.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) works within the framework of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) process at the ports.  Certain ports have specific requirements so CPSC must adapt according to port.  If you need information about the CPSC process in a specific port, please contact the CPSC representative at that port.
  3. 3.  Cargo may have been targeted for examination by one or more federal agencies.  Once a shipment has been held for examination, the responsible agency or agencies are notified and will perform the physical examination at the port of entry.
  4. 4.  National CPSC targeting  Local CPSC targeting  Referral from another agency at the port (i.e. CBP or FDA)
  5. 5.  If you are an entity with access to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), check to see if documents are requested. ◦ If so, upload those documents to ACE for review.  If you are not, you can contact the local CPSC representative for that port to find out if any documents are required.  The customs house broker or the importer determines which Centralized Examination Site (CES) they would like to use for the physical exam.
  6. 6.  CPSC is physically co-located with CBP at Port Newark ◦ a CPSC representative is available for cargo examinations every business day.  Once cargo is offloaded from a ship, that container must be screened by CBP and then sent to the CES of choice, where it awaits its turn for examination.  CPSC is notified that a shipment is ready for full examination once that shipment is physically unloaded from the container and made available on the CES warehouse floor.  CPSC examines cargo and conducts field screening for a variety of potential health and safety hazards.
  7. 7.  Full Release of all cargo  Sampling and Conditional Release of specific items in the shipment  Sampling and Detention of specific items in the shipment.  Other possibilities exist, but these are the three main outcomes after a physical examination.
  8. 8.  If all cargo passes field screening and document review, CPSC will notify CBP that no further action will be taken by CPSC.  At this point CBP, will either input the full release of the cargo into ACE and ATS or CBP may elect to take further action on the same cargo for a purpose not related to CPSC.  Neither the customs house broker nor the firm will be notified of the release until CBP completes the full release process. However, you are always welcome to reach out to the local CPSC representative for an update on ONLY CPSC findings.
  9. 9.  A sample of each potentially violative product will be gathered and sent to HQ for further evaluation.  The product will typically remain at the CES, under CPSC detention, during the evaluation process. In rare cases, the product will be conditionally released to the Importer of Record pending evaluation.  CPSC will issue either a Notice of Sampling and Detention, CPSC form 352, or a Notice of Sampling and Conditional Release, CPSC form 353 to the broker and/or Importer of Record.  Local CPSC will request documents as needed (i.e. Children’s Product Certificate and third-party test reports).
  10. 10.  The samples of potentially violative merchandise are processed by CPSC at the port (photographed, electronically recorded and physically packaged and shipped to HQ).  Units of the product are sent to various offices within CPSC depending on the type of potential violation.  Each office evaluates the product, a CPSC Compliance Officer discusses results with the firm and a final determination is made.
  11. 11.  CPSC HQ notifies the local CPSC representative of the final determination regarding each sampled product.  Local CPSC notifies CBP of the findings and requests that certain action be taken: ◦ Release Without Condition ◦ Conditional Release ◦ Seizure ◦ Other requests are possible, but these three are most likely.  Once CPSC requests that CBP take an action - CBP, the CES and the broker and/or Importer of Record coordinate as needed.

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