What is a customs exam charge?
If products are pulled for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) services, you are responsible for any applicable fees. These vary from $80 to over $1,000, depending on what type of inspection was performed. These fees only apply if CBP examines the shipment in origin or in the United States.
How are custom exam charges indicated?
Custom exam charges vary, depending on the severity of the exam. The lowest intensity exams are non-intrusive or X-Ray exams. Some containers, however, are moved into examination facilities and unloaded. Some of the rare cases result in the collection of product samples, which later get reviewed in laboratories. For Less Container Load (LCL) shipments, the charge can be as little as $25. A small shipment of 1-2 cubic meter (CBM) may, in some extreme cases cost as much as $100-200. Larger shipments may cost more, but all of this depends on the cost of the full container, as they are generally pro-rated.