Who is responsible for the costs of opening of a shipment and unloading product by Customs?  The importer.  Inspections are usually done on an appointment basis and are known to result in days of delay before released from Customs custody.  Further, costs involving demurrage and storage charges are the responsibility of the importer.

In addition, there is generally no liability on the part of Customs for loss or damages to ones merchandise during the course of inspection.

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