Centralized Examination Stations

There’s been an important change to the inspection process at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

All physical examinations of cargo will be performed at four (4) Centralized Examination Stations (CES).

* Please Note: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will continue to perform on-terminal examinations on freight arriving at Red Hook Container Terminal.

Type(s) of Examinations Offered

CES Site Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (ATCET) Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Agricultural Inspection Trade Compliance Inspection
East Coast Warehouse X X X X
H&M Intl. Transport X X - X
SalSon Logistics, Inc. - - X -
Red Hook Container Terminal * X X X X

Please Note: Click on the CES sites above to acquire each provider’s contact information, rate schedule, routing and delivery hours, and ocean carrier designations.

Important: Rates are subject to change. Be sure to check with each individual service provider.

Important Points

  • Shippers Bear Cost of Cargo Exams
  • Transferring Containers to a CES for ATCET/NII occurs within one (1) business day of receipt of transfer authorization from CBP. Containers should not be held up for guarantee of charges.
  • Ocean Carriers Designate Exam Sites for ATCET/NII and AQI Exams. The carriers can select more than one CES.
    • For example, if they have services calling NY or NJ, carriers can select a CES for their NY calls and another for their NJ calls for both ATCET/NII and AQI exams.

Be Sure to Know which CES your carrier has designated in each state!

  • Export Exams will be performed at the CES selected by the ocean carrier for ATCET/NII exams.
  • Multiple Containers on a Bill of Lading can move to a CES with the container being examined.
  • CTPAT cargo gets preferential treatment
  • Terminal Free Time Ends and Per Diem Begins once containers are transferred to a CES. The CES’s free time begins after the initial examination is performed by CBP.
  • Inquiries for CBP should be sent to cbp.ny-newprobres@dhs.gov.

Additional Resources

Other Government Agency Contacts

Here are the local contacts for the various government agencies overseeing your cargo.

Food & Drug Administration
Help Desk
(718) 662-5692

USDA, Agriculture
Marketing Services
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
(908) 289-5614

Propagated Plants and Cold Treated Fruit
(908) 862-2012 (New Jersey)
(718) 553-3500 (New York)

Pet Import/Export
(609) 259-8387

Meat and Poultry
(215) 430-6215

US Fish & Wildlife
(908) 787-1321 x300

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