The ongoing federal government shutdown is impacting a wide variety of import and export trade activities. While the situation remains fluid as each agency executes its contingency plans, below is a summary of the current impact on trade.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP): The majority of CBP employees are exempt from the furlough as being deemed essential to the country’s security. Most of those exemptions are related to the agency’s ongoing revenue collections. Currently, ports are maintaining their normal hours of service. CBP also seems to be accepting and processing protests, although with some delays. However, CBP appears to have stopped processing ruling requests or responding to any court documents due to the shutdown. Among the CBP personnel not exempted from furlough are technicians and program managers. As a result, certain additional CBP activities, such as bonds and licensing and processing FDA refusals, may also be impacted.
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