Port of Entry

Logistics Term

What’s A Port of Entry ?

A port of entry refers to several things. For instance, it refers to where goods from another nation are accepted into the receiving nation. It also refers to a port where goods purposed for another location are discharged from a particular vessel. Finally, a port of entry refers to the weigh station between two states in the United States. All the above have a common requirement: legal documentation of the goods in transit. For instance, when shipping goods to a foreign country, the port of entry is where you are required to provide customs clearance to ascertain legal entry.

What Happens At a Port of Entry?

As a weigh station, the port of entry requires that your truck is weighed to ensure it's within the allowed limit of 80,000 pounds. A truck involved in shipment is also inspected in case of suspected violations such as malfunctions. Goods inspection also happens here. For example, legal documentation is mandatory when shipping hazardous material, indicate it as hazardous. Upon clearance at the port of entry,  goods are then stored in the warehouse or shipped to their rightful owners. 

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