Centralized Examination Station Law and Legal Definition

A centralized examination station ("CES") is a privately operated facility, not in the charge of a Customs officer, at which imported merchandise is made available to Customs officers for physical examination. A CES may be established in any port or any portion of a port, or any other area under the jurisdiction of a district director. (19 USCS § 118.1). See also American Stevedoring v. United States Custom Serv., 19 C.I.T. 1033, 1034 (Ct. Int'l Trade 1995).