From time to time, Customs will pull shipments for examinations and then charge back costs for the exam fee’s to the importer. If you are importing an entire container, then you are responsible for all the fees but if you are part of a consolidated shipment, then you will be responsible only for your share of those exam charges shared with the other importers.

Customs inspectors tend to inspect new – or relatively new – importers more often than shippers with a good track record and reputation.