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I think it should be the shipping agent that should pay and if not the agent the shipping company. You hired these people to ship your giids and part of the agent's job is to ensure all the paperwork is complete and in place. There is no excuse in my opinion on there part. They have no business holding your goods for their mistake. If they are in the shipping business they have a duty to take care of what you hired them to do. I would tell them to release your goods immediately and if they wont, yes you should hire a lawyer and get them to take responsibility for his.
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