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- 1) Inspects cargo, baggage, articles worn or carried by persons, and vessels, vehicles, or aircraft entering or leaving United States to enforce customs and related laws: Boards carriers arriving from foreign ports, and inspects and searches carriers to determine nature of cargoes.
- 2) Superintends loading and unloading of cargo to ensure compliance with customs, neutrality, and commerce laws.
- 3) Weighs, measures, and gauges imported goods, using calipers, measuring rods, scale, and hydrometer.
- 4) Examines baggage of passengers arriving from foreign territory to discover contraband or undeclared merchandise.
- 5) Conducts body search of passengers or crewmembers.
- 6) Questions suspicious persons to clarify irregularities and explains laws and regulations to tourists or others unfamiliar with customs statutes and procedures.
- 7) Seals hold and compartments containing sea stores to prevent illegal sale or smuggling of dutiable merchandise.
- 8) Examines crew and passenger lists, manifests, pratiques, store lists, declarations of merchandise, and ships' documents and issues required permits.
- 9) Classifies articles and assesses and collects duty on merchandise.
- 10) Writes reports of findings, transactions, violations, and discrepancies.
- 11) Seizes contraband and undeclared merchandise and detains or arrests persons involved in violations.
- 12) May perform preliminary immigration screening of persons entering United States.
- 13) May take samples of merchandise for appraising.
- 14) May be designated according to type of inspection performed as Baggage Inspector; Border Inspector; Cargo Inspector.
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