Customs examinations for service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are conducted in-theatre. In addition, all personnel returning from the Iraq Theater of Operation are subjected to reexamination in CONUS by U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors.
The CENTCOM Customs Pre-Clearance Program is a program allowing Department of Defense personnel, aircraft, vessels, cargo, and equipment returning to the Customs Territory of the United States to fulfill agriculture and/or customs entry requirements by performing the agriculture/customs inspection/examination prior to redeployment.
1. At the point of origin, complete examination of all personnel and cargo departing the AOR is mandatory. Reference: CENTOM Regulation 600-10 Chapter 4 (4-5, 4-6, 4-7, 4-8, 4-9, 4-11); Defense Transportation Regulation DOD 4500.9 Part V 502 (A-E).
2. All physical inspections and examinations take place at FOBs or wherever trained Customs Border Clearance Agents (CBCA) are located. Most of the time that would be the point of origin. Reference: CENTOM Regulation 600-10, Chapter 3 (3-1, 3-2, 3-3) Chapter 4 (4-3); DOD 4500.9 Part V 502 (C) (2).
3. Customs inspections and examinations are conducted in CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR) by CBCAs (military or GS civilians) and in CONUS by military customs inspectors-excepted (MCI-E) (military) and by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Reference: CENTOM Regulation 600-10 Chapter 3 (3-10, 3-11); DOD 4500.9 Part V 506 (D-E), 507 (A-F).
4. All passengers (military and non-military) are required to complete a Customs Declaration Form prior to their arrival stateside (CBP Form 6059B). Reference: DTR DOD 4500.9 Part V 502 (E) (1) b.
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