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February 27, 2015†††  ††


Potential Effects of DHS Funding Suspension


During a conference call with CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, the Commissioner advised NCBFAA that if DHS funding is not agreed to by midnight February 27, CBP may need to furlough 6,000 employees. This furlough could impact ITDS and Single Window development as CBP may not have the resources to work with all the PGAs.

However, Import, Drawback and Entry Specialists will not be impacted nor should Cargo Release be impacted. Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen advised us that CBP will concentrate on its core mission and, even if DHS funding is suspended, CBP will continue meeting to address ongoing issues associated with the recent west coast congestion situation.

Detained shipments for enforcement could remain in custody until the furlough is complete. Because ABI Client Reps will not be reporting to work, any ABI/ACE questions will have to go to the help desk. Quota shipments will be released by the port using Quota reports issued from headquarters and will be reviewed later by headquarters. ACE Development will continue and, since the May 1, 2015 launch of electronic manifests is almost complete, it will not be impacted.  


What will be impacted? 

  • ADD/CVD targeting
  • Processing of Jones Act Labor waivers
  • Binding Rulings
  • Issuance of Customs Broker License, Permits and Filer Codes
  • Training of new CBP Officers
  • CEE response on issues may be impacted
  • C-TPAT Validations/Re-validations will be suspended


A decision on the vendor conference scheduled for March 3-4, 2015, will be this afternoon with CBP advising via CSMS message

Our regulatory experts are monitoring the situation and keeping a close eye on labor negotiations, which began on May 12, 2014. In the meantime we are checking shipment status on a daily/hourly basis to see where our clientís cargo stands in movement towards its final destination. While we canít control the situation we can keep you informed.


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