FOB contracts and foreign customs charges
I have had some goods inspected at customs in Shaghai and have been charged $254 for the privilege. Unfortunately I was unfamiliar with the specifics on FOB and wondered if there was a generic FOB contract I could use that states that any charges received from customs (their side) would be covered by the manufacturer. This way it would be clear who covers these charges and I could get my manufacturer to sign this before the goods are produced.
Does anyone know where the responsibility lies here for this charge? Myself or the Manufacturer?
If anyone has any knowledge on this subject I would greatly appreciate this. My Freight Forwarder informs this is just bad luck and is one of the possible disadvantages of import/export.
Thanks in advance for the support, it is greatly appreciated!