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Friday, January 27, 2012 - 7:00am

U.S. Customs Building Savannah Lab

U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to build a new laboratory and office complex in Savannah, where the federal agency monitors goods moving through the city's bustling seaport.

The Savannah Morning News reported the lab will be used to examine imports from chemicals to clothing, as well as contraband such as illegal drugs discovered in shipments.

Construction on the 35,000-square-foot building is scheduled to begin in May, and is expected to wrap up about a year later. The lab will replace an existing Customs facility near the Port of Savannah, the nation's fourth-busiest container port.

Customs officials said opening the new lab and office space will not create new jobs with the agency in Savannah.

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