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More Exams


For about 30 minutes this morning I was thrilled!  My bags got released from customs.  Then I got a call.

“I have bad news,” the shipper said, “Your bags have been stopped for a MET exam.”  (More exams?)  “What does that mean?”  I asked.  “More delays,” he woefully replied.

After quick internet search revealed the following:

Special Exams: Sometimes your goods can get a CST, CET or MET exam.  The special exams can be slow and painful.  Getting a special exam means that Customs has bad feelings about your cargo.

Oy.  That doesn’t sound good.  I’m not sure what they are looking for.  If they think my bags look like “knock-offs” I suppose I should take that as a compliment of sorts.  But they say “Alesya” on them.  As far as I know no one else is making laptop bags that say “Alesya”!

The word slow and the word painful scare me.  I’m not really sure what to think or how to plan.  Normally, I’m a very positive person but I’m feeling a little bit like running around and screaming.  But I’m guessing the other people here in Atlanta Bread wouldn’t take to kindly to that.

Time to take a breath.

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2 Responses to “More Exams”

  1. It shouldn’t take long. Just relax. It is common for one same shipment to get tagged for more than one exam. Really these are just ways for the government to make money is all it is and it was likely not due to anything with your shipment imparticular. It’s extremely random which shipments get picked for exam to be quite honest with you (govt wont tell you that). We have noticed extremely more exams ever since the whole recession that you wouldn’t believe it compared to before the recession. It’s a huge revenue stream and no one can contest it.

  2. Teresa says:

    One hiccup followed by another hiccup seem to be “de riguer” when starting your own business. Let’s look at it this way, every little incident is a learning experience, so that the next time this happens you won’t sweat it. Can you imagine this happening after subsequent shipments? You’d be far more likely to freak then then you would now.

    Plus, didn’t you say that your shipment was going through New York? I’m suprised you didn’t have even more trouble. What with the unions… long-shormen… the mob… The Port Authority… traffic… parades… traffic caused by parades… tolls to get to the toll road… tolls to get out of NYC… tolls to get into New Jersey… tolls to get out of New Jersey… that inevitable traffic backup around Philly… that envitable traffic back-ups around DC… that overturned tractor trailer of cooking oil just outside of Richmond… that speed trap that is the entire state of Norrth Carolina… OK, you get the picture. 😉

    Good luck! I’m rooting for you!

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