Houston Centralized Examination Station- US Customs CES

We offer a full line of US customs clearance, customs compliance, and exam related import services at our CES:

  • Trade Exam Services: Duty, Product Compliance, Copyright, USDA, FDA, F&W
  • CET Exam Services: Security and Contraband
  • Trucking: Local drayage and/or delivery.
  • Country of Origin Markings: Import compliance
  • Wood Remediation: Import compliance
  • Fumigation Services: for both LCL and FCL cargoes

World Trade has been a choice of U.S. Customs for exam services and now Homeland Security for over 32 years. We are experts in customs clearance, compliance and documentation. Our on-site Houston based exam station provides the fastest and most cost effective services in the Gulf region.

Our Centralized Examination Station in Houston, Texas is one of the largest and oldest Customs Exam sites in the country. With an unsurpassed record of import experience, we are proud of our reputation for offering high quality import services while
maintaining some of the most competitive important management rates in the gulf coast region. Our Houston based CES station handles some of the highest volumes of import freight in the country and leads the industry in import customer service.

The goal at World Trade is simple: leading the industry with the most complete line of import freight services & cargo management logistical solutions while offering competitive rates and exceptional customer service. Additionally, on site inspectors and VACIS imaging allows us to provide our CES customers with the utmost in convenience and expertise for whatever import services you may require.

World Trade Distribution Operates Under the Following U.S. Customs Bonds:
Class 3 Bond: Public bonded warehouse used exclusively for the storage of imported merchandise.
Class 4 Bond: Bonded yard or sheds for the storage of heavy and bulky imported Merchandise.
Class 8 Bond: Bonded warehouse established for the cleaning, sorting, repacking or otherwise changing the condition of, but not the manufacturing of imported merchandise, under Customs supervision.
Class 11 Bond: Bonded warehouse established for the storage of General Order (G.O.) merchandise.

World Trade Distribution offers all the project cargo management and handling capabilities, versatility and expertise you need for project freight of any size. Whether your need is custom crating of any size, preparation for break bulk shipment, heavy lift or loading of flat racks or open top containers, we do it all. Every aspect of your project’s cargo will be handled at our secure freight management facility by experienced personnel. With over 30 years of experience, World Trade Distribution can deliver the design plans and budget that fit your needs. Our 12 acre project yard is all concrete in a well drained and secure area for the handling, storage and preparation of any out of gauge / heavy cargos. Security is maintained 24 hours a day with surveillance cameras, high intensity lighting and 7000 volt electrified fence.

Customs Exam Services Offered:

  • V.A.C.I.S.
  • Food and Drug (F.D.A.)
  • C.E.T. (Security and Contraband)
  • Fumigation (A.P.H.I.S.)
  • Trade Enforcement and Compliance
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife
  • Maritime Enforcement (M.E.T.)
  • Consumer Product Safety (C.P.S.C)
  • Agricultural (U.S.D.A.)

Other US Government Agencies that use our Central Examination Station (CES) include:

  • CSPC Exams: Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • FDA Inspections: US Food and Drug Administration
  • DEA Exams & Inspections: Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Fumigation (A.P.H.I.S.)
  • F&W Exams: Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USDA Exams: United States Department of Agriculture

Customs CES Examination Process Explained

At every stage of the examination process you can be assured that with the combination of our equipment, knowledge, and experience, your import cargo will be handled safely, securely and efficiently in total compliance with all regulations and requirements at our Houston based facility.

With U.S. Customs and other Government agency Inspectors; K-9 units; and mobile VACIS on-site, World Trade Distribution supplies the complex needs of the Gulf coast’s shipping community with quality import / export services with the most comprehensive customs exam services, fastest turn-around times, and the utmost in reliable trucking – always
exceeding our customers’ expectations.

Schedule a CES Inspection in Houston, Texas

If an issue arises during examination, World Trade Distribution’s expert staff will work to resolve your importing issues in the most economical and efficient manner possible with complete transportation services, convenient warehousing, faster distribution and the highest level of import and US customs exam customer service. Fumigation, wood remediation, repacking, marking and labeling, or other regulated services, we help our customers with these critical aspects of their import and export business.

What is a Centralized Examination Station (CES)?

A designated warehousing operation that is equipped to unload import containers or handle import cargo under the supervision of US Government personnel.

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If We Can’t Containerize It, It Can’t Be Containerized

Our skill and experience means we can handle any challenge – Even yours.


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12 acre

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