The U.S. Customs and Border Protection workers are busy beavers these days, working to keep the US safe from shipments to and from Israel….
Almost all shipments arriving in the US are currently being inspected. The inspection could be as simple as an x-ray or as elaborate as a box-by-box review. The charges are the shippers obligation – not the shipping company, nor is it paid for by the US govt.
For a consolidated shipment (a container filled with partial shipments), the cost of the inspection is prorated and the receiving agent collects from the shipper directly.
When a person has their own container shipment, obviously they are responsible for the complete cost of the inspection.
Our experience has shown small partial shipments inspections can be as low as $135 and a container as much as $2500.
On the West Coast, and more specifically the Los Angeles port, the rate of inspecting an outbound container has increased dramatically and I was told to expect inspections to increase.
Again, inspection charges for consolidated shipments are prorated and added to the shipper’s invoice and full container inspections are 100% the shipper’s obligation.
Due to export logistic requirement the inspections tend to be much more — in the $3000 range — again, all depending on the extent of the inspection.
PS. I found the following at JOC.com
Another Los Angeles broker who asked not to be identified said Customs has confirmed to him that it is targeting export containers containing household goods, computers and peripherals, and used vehicles. “They are looking for illegal arms exports,” he said. Customs also may be targeting containers bound for Africa and the Middle East; containers bound for these markets handled by other Houston forwarders also have been picked routinely for inspection.