Military Pre-Clearance Program

All Department of Defense and Department of State sponsored cargo or personal property being shipped to the United States or its territories from Europe or Africa must be pre-cleared by an authorized Customs agent, it is not optional.

When we pre-clear your cargo or personal property we help:

  • Eliminate the introduction of agricultural pests, disease and the flow of illegal substances and contraband from being intentionally or unintentionally transported into the United States of America.
  • Minimize the inconvenience of cargo delivery delays by Port of Entry authorities.

We also: Advise and Assist commanders in the development of effective military customs border clearance programs, training of customs border clearing agents and the operation of effective customs border clearance information programs.

Contact your local field office for more information (click here to find your local field office) or send us an email with your questions to: U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance office

We need your help to keep African Swine Fever out of the United States

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease affecting both domestic and wild pigs of all ages.  It spreads very quickly and kills most pigs that get it. There is no treatment or vaccine available  the only way to stop the spread of the disease is to depopulate all affected or exposed swine herds. ASF cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans and is not a food safety issue but an introduction into the United States would have significant impacts on the U.S. swine industry. It has never been found in the United States – and we want to keep it that way. Help us by following all instructions and guidance from your Customs agents.

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