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Updates: Processing of Imports Continues During U.S. Government Shutdown

Updates: Processing of Imports Continues During U.S. Government Shutdown

While the current United States Federal Government shutdown continues, imports are still processed. We are, however, faced with several issues. 

Below are notated the current issues impacting U.S. Imports:

  • The International Trade Commission (ITC) is furloughed and therefore updates to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule on its website won’t be updated, nor will they be doing the scheduled 5-year sunset review of ADD / CVD cases until they return.
  • Section 301 exclusion implementation and programming has been put on hold until after U.S Customs and Border Protection (U.S. CBP) returns from furlough.
  • ABI reps have been furloughed and questions are to be directed to the U.S. CBP Technology Services Desk.
  • U.S. CBP fines and penalties officers have not been furloughed and continue to issue penalties.
  • Import Specialists at the Customs Centers of Excellence & Expertise are still at work.
  • January quota opening was not affected and continues to operate normally with many quotas like steel beginning to fill up.
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is backlogged and rotating personnel to cover through the furlough.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to operate but examinations could delay a shipment. They are not accepting Paper NOA, instead requiring electronic submission of documents via Ace (pesticides and vehicles included).
  • U.S. CBP refunds will not be processed until after the furlough.
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission has put investigations on hold until after the furlough.
  • Many government websites are unavailable until after the furlough.

DSV will continue to work through these issues for our clients. Stay tuned for any other important updates on the matter. 

Updates on Imports During the Current U.S. Government Shutdown

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