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CBP Accepting Applications to Operate Centralized Examination Station in Port Huron

Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Port Huron, Mich., issued Nov. 4 a notice that it is now accepting applications to operate a centralized examination station in the Port Huron area. The boundaries for the area of consideration for a potential CES are the city of Port Huron, Marysville, Fort Gratiot, Kimball and Port Huron Township. Applications are due no later than Jan. 4, 2014, and public comments are due by Dec. 4. CBP anticipates that this CES will begin operations at midnight on Jan. 1, 2015, for four years, with a possible one-year renewal.

A CES is a privately operated facility where imported merchandise identified by CBP for physical examination is made available to CBP officers for that purpose. Once CBP identifies 0merchandise for examination, the importer or its agent is responsible for arranging the bonded transfer of the merchandise to the CES and for paying the costs of the transfer as well as any fees charged by the CES facility for its services.

CBP states that applicants to operate the CES in Port Huron must have the ability to transport a high volume of cargo from the Blue Water Bridge Plaza to the CES in a timely, expeditious and secure manner. The operator must also be able to provide resources to adequately and legally transport all manner of cargo on a regular and recurring basis. This includes the operator’s ability to handle overweight containers, frozen cargo and cargo under pressure.

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