All the raw materials
for my company come from abroad. We collect them ourselves after they clear
customs. Yesterday, I went to make the normal pick up and had all the
documentation on hand. A customs agent I don’t know started asking me questions
and wanted to open some crates. This has never happened before.
He told me he couldn’t release the goods
because of issues with the “paperwork.” I asked what I needed to do and he told me to start again. This
would take weeks and we would run out of materials. I asked if there was a way
to amend the existing paperwork. He said
no, but that if I gave him $150, he could let me go.
I didn’t know what to do. Was this a trick to catch me offering a bribe?
Or was he telling the truth and somehow we had messed up the paperwork this