Shenzen to pre-inspect U.S.-bound exports
China has begun inspecting selected outbound containers to the United States at the Port of Shenzen as part of the Container Security Initiative, the U.S. program for extending the nation’s borders by conducting container inspections at foreign ports.
Shenzen becomes the 37th port in the world to host U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, whose job is to cull high-risk shipments from analysis of intelligence and shipping data and request an inspection by domestic customs authorities.
China’s General Administration of Customs committed in July 2003 to inspect containers under CSI. The Port of Shanghai is already operating under a CSI agreement.