Not one but two packages

The Spanish agent for a shipping line arranged for a container which held two separate packages each containing 322 radio cassette recorders shipped from Hong Kong to be loaded on a feeder ship from a Spanish port to the final destination of Casablanca.  The agent erroneously advised the feeder operator’s agent that the container held only one package of 322 radio cassette recorders, and the feeder ship’s bill of lading and manifest were issued to evidence this.  The Spanish agent quickly discovered the error and a manifest corrector was sent to the Casablanca agent of the feeder ship.  However, despite every evidence that this was a genuine error and not an attempt to smuggle the second package into Morocco, the Moroccan customs fined the feeder operator US$ 63,000, which the operator recovered from the Spanish agent.

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