Subpacket wrote:I'd take $1000 to inspect a container anyday.
Its a labour intensive process to inspect a container. But you are mixing up 2 different streams, commercial and personal.
CUSTOMS officers will inspect your car in the personal stream.
A devanning warehouse tears down containers in the commercial stream.
So customs outsources their job to a devanning warehouse? Talk about lots of hands in the cookie jar .. and guess who get to pay for all those hands? Once again, the end consumer.
So the alternative is not to inspect any container at all that comes into the country?
If a container is marked to be inspected, which can occur because
- its coming from a high risk country
- the importer has a high risk history on them
- the importer has no historical information
- The paperwork is a mess, contains vague classification like "parts" or 'scrap metal'
- the container is randomly selected, or a targeted selection is made.
then customs will have the container devanned. The Importer has to pick up the tab for it - as its the importers responsibility to ensure that the goods are available for inspection at the time of importation.
Its not like there is some conspiracy to screw over every importer.
When customs decides to inspect a shipment, should they just open the back doors, and dump it on the dock, or on 401 if its crossing at the border? Even when you bring your car over, they set aside a spot to inspect your cars. Commercial stream is similar, there are areas where devanning can occur under customs supervision. They are not oursourcing their job. Their job is to inspect the cargo. It is not to unpack a container.
I have no idea on the whole 'cookie jar' you're pointing to.
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