Update on Effects of Government Shutdown

Please be advised  the continuing federal government shutdown is impacting U.S. imports and exports, as well as companies engaged in international trade.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues to process imports, but there may be delays in processing cancellations, deletions, corrections, bond requests, and refusals by the Food and Drug Administration. Ports have been instructed to manually release entries of goods subject to tariff-rate quotas, and to suspend liquidation for ultimate liquidation at the proper rate. Validations under the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism are not being processed

Tthe FDA continues to perform critical functions such as entry review, field examinations, sample collections, compliance, exports, and destruction, but with limited resources and delays at some locations are possible. The agency is reportedly not accepting new registrations for, or conducting physical inspections of, foreign and domestic facilities manufacturing drugs or medical devices.

For the duration of the shutdown the International Trade Administration intends to uniformly toll all administrative deadlines related to the administration of the antidumping and countervailing duty laws; this includes deadlines for preliminary and final determinations in investigations and administrative reviews.  As a result of shutdown, the ITA’s online steel import licensing system has been suspended. Since a license number is required to complete CBP entry summary processes, importers should (a) use any license number already obtained for an incoming shipment; or (b) send an email to the ITA if they have not yet obtained a license.

Environmental Protection Agency personnel are also  not available to process notices of arrival of pesticides and devices that require EPA review.

Declarations for imports or exports of fish or wildlife must be submitted in paper form to the Fish & Wildlife Service as the agency’s eDecs system is down.

A wide range of trade data and information is temporarily unavailable, including the Harmonized Tariff Schedule on the International Trade Commission’s website, and the Foreign Trade Regulations on the Census Web site. This also includes new trade deficit statistics and data on textile and apparel imports from the Commerce Department.

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is not providing various services, including the review or authorization of notifications or permits for the importation, interstate movement, or field release of genetically engineered organisms. Most management, administrative, and oversight functions, such as facility inspections and complaint investigations related to the Animal Welfare Act are also not being provided.

Please also note that the Export-Import Bank is not processing applications for export financing.

Please be guided accordingly!