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  • 01/28/2019 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    With today's reopening of the Federal Government, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that this is the last Trade Status Update call scheduled that addresses the most recent government shutdown. CBP thanked the Trade for their patience during the shutdown and asked for continued patience, as it may take a while for things to get back up and running.

    In regard to the Customs Broker License Exam, CBP clarified a few points they made last week. For the upcoming April exam, the 2018 HTS will be used. Traditionally, CBP uses the previous calendar year's materials for their April exams and the current calendar year's materials for their October exam. This means the 2019 HTS will be used in the October exam. Registration for the April exam is expected to open in a few weeks. For those preparing to take the exam, you may consult CBP's website for updates.

    The 21st Century Customs Framework Meeting was the next topic of discussion. The public meeting to discuss the new framework is still scheduled for March 1. CBP is hoping for as many comments as possible. If you haven't yet submitted your comments, be advised that the February 4 is the last day to do so. For those looking to attend, the public meeting has sold out, but registration is still open for those wishing to participate via conference call.

    CBP is not yet prepared to announce a date for the deployment of Form 5106 but will be meeting to discuss deployment plans and will consult with the trade for a date that is "comfortable." More information is forthcoming.

    As for cargo release and entry processing, CBP acknowledged the terrific job the ports and the Centers did to keep trade moving throughout the shutdown. Now that the government is back up and running, PGAs that have release authority, or at least regulatory authority over imported and exported goods, are back today. CBP expects a backlog for the PGAs to work through before things get back to normal and ask for patience as they get up and running. If you have a particular question regarding cargo release, start with the ports. If you are having systemic issues, you can contact either the Office of Trade or the Office of Trade Relations. Additionally, you may contact Tom Overacker or Jim Swanson regarding these issues as well.

    The next topic of discussion was vessel updates in ACE. The personnel in charge of these updates have returned. CBP will begin updating immediately, however, the size of the backlog is currently unknown. If you have any questions or issues, please reach out to either the help desk or Jim Swanson.

    In regard to the delays in the processing of commercial user fee payments, CBP recently posted guidance in the form of a CSMS message. Due to the significant backlog, please continue following the CSMS workaround.

    As a follow-up to a question asked last week regarding the status of CBP labs, CBP stated the labs were operational throughout the shutdown but the trade analysts (roughly one or two per lab) were furloughed. The labs were focused exclusively on health and safety issues. Some of the traditional trade laboratory work, such as testing water-resistant versus water repellent, was not taking place.

    For those in the Trade who have export shipments on hold pending review by CBP, there is a "not insignificant" backlog and as a result, there is an approximately two-week delay.

    As for an update to the scheduling of regulatory audits and what the plan is going forward, CBP responded by saying that Regulatory Audit is back online and are putting together a strategy of when they will resume opening conferences and if it is before or after February 15. More information will be released as decisions are made.

    When asked if CBP had given any thought to the March 1 21st Century Customs Framework meeting, or other meetings around that time, CBP said it is dependent on the meeting. They have already rescheduled some of their meetings already and are looking through details of meetings that take place after February 15 and are trying to be considerate of the arrangements the Trade need to make.

    In regard to in bond regulation and if new dates have been made available, CBP said that while no new date has been announced, they are currently in the process of reevaluating. CBP is looking to reschedule sessions they were working on, but there is no expected change until they have their in-person in-bond working group and full feedback from the Trade
  • 01/23/2019 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    On today's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trade update call, CBP began by stating that the Broker Exam is still currently scheduled for April 24, but that they will make a final determination as the date approaches if we are still in furlough. The April exam will be based on 2019 references and resources, including the 2019 HTS. CBP does not believe the shutdown will have a major impact on the contents or preparation for the exam. Applicants are not currently allowed to register, but CBP will follow-up with the trade.

    In regard to ACE, last week CBP discussed pending deployments; specifically, CBPF 5106. CBP reiterated that they have delayed that deployment until "well after" the shutdown. Once the shutdown is over, they will determine a date that is realistic for everyone. CBP stated that no deployments later in the year are currently being pushed back.

    As for registering vessels with the LEI code, there is no available routine option. If it's an emergency or in the interest of national security, you should open a ticket. A participant on the call was told by the port that they should manifest the vessel with the vessel name, not the Lloyd's number, and that would work. CBP made note of that and said it is important to keep good records during this time. A question was then asked regarding whether cargo releases differ by PGA and CBP stated that, if you received a may proceed, in the absence of any communication with that PGA, you are good to go. However, if the PGA identifies any issues, you may be asked to redeliver the goods to the port. When the release notification of the CBP release goes out, it is considered a conditional release and is good for 30 days. CBP always has the right to request redelivery within 30 days. If you receive an automated may proceed or a 1USG release, there is a significantly reduced chance you'll be asked to redeliver the goods. 

    There was EPA issued guidance on the Formaldehyde standard in December as well as a CBP issued CSMS. The EPA is working with CBP in a very limited fashion to finalize a list of the codes. A full list of the codes will have to wait until after the shutdown is over to be released.

    When asked about "cut flowers" currently coming into the Port of Miami ahead of the Valentine's Day surge, CBP noted that they will do their best, but will not be able to supply the additional resources they have traditionally been able to send. As for supplemental state of Florida resources, CBP Headquarters has not received a notice from the field office to that affect.

    A question was asked to CBP about whether there are any PGA shipments that are "particularly problematic" and for which they don't have good contacts and CBP responded by saying they have been able to identify limited points of contact for the PGAs as needed. CBP says that if you run into any issues, you are advised to either feed it back through your primary points of contact at the PGAs or pass it along to their CBP field employees. It was brought up that in 2013, the EPA was the most challenging but that there have been no major issues so far except for the NOAA issue.

    As for whether or not there was any anticipated delay in the February 24 drawback deployment, CBP stated that they are still planning on deploying on that date as it is statutorily mandated. If CBP is still experiencing a lapse of appropriations, there will be less support available for the deployment rollout but will still be able to make the change. There is currently no longer an issue in the system when accepting claims on 301 duties. The bug preventing the filing against 301 has been addressed and corrected and it is now possible for the system to accept those claims. After the shutdown, they will have more people available to address high-level issues, but for the time being, examples of bugs should go to OTdrawback@dhs.cbp.gov.

    With the Federal Reserve no longer publishing currency rates of exchange, CBP advised that while they are not in a position to determine what sources you use, there are many reputable "open source" sources available. Filers are advised to find a reputable source for the currency exchange rates and keep good records.

    The National Finance Center usually has a delay in processing annual user fee payments of commercial trucks and airplanes, but it is longer than normal this year due to the shutdown. There will be a CSMS message released telling individuals to save their payment receipt and use that receipt as proof of purchase when filing to mitigate any delay. This applies to both new and renewal payments. The ports are doing normal processing. When asked if CBP will issue guidance to the field "to not hold fast to showing that pink receipt," CBP said that if there is a challenge, first contact the port and then let CBP know if that doesn't resolve the issue.

    A question regarding whether CBP lab technicians were furloughed was asked, and a CBP representative said he did not believe that was the case but will follow-up to get an accurate answer.

    CBP stated that comment periods will not be extended and that all comments for the 21st Century Customs Framework are still due by February 4. The in-person meeting registration is closed, but the teleconference has been reopened. If you were having trouble registering before, please try again. There has been no decision made on a go/no-go date.

    Lastly, CBP said that any meetings/events that involve travel are off. They cannot support any local meetings during the shutdown. There is a CESAC meeting planned for February 19-20.

    The next CBP Trade Update Call is scheduled for Monday, January 28. The NCBFAA will continue to take part in these trade calls and will update our members as situations develop.
  • 01/17/2019 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Good Afternoon CBP and Trade Colleagues,

    Thank you all for your participation on the Status Calls we have been hosting during the shutdown. The Wednesday (1/16) call presented some questions that required follow up which you will find below:

    CBP Hiatus Status Call w/ Trade (01/16/2019) – Follow Up

    1. Next Status Call will be held Wednesday Jan. 23, 2019 due to the federal holiday on Jan. 21, 2019.

    2. Considering the trade concerns presented and deployment planning needed the 5106 Cutover scheduled for 2/9/2019 will be postponed due to the government shutdown. A new cutover date will be established and messaged with advance notice once the government reopens.

    3. Additional details that were mentioned on the call regarding the CBPF 5106

    CBPF 5106 Information
    Link for NEW CBPF 5106

    Link to the OLD CBPF 5106

    4. ISF-5 Enforcement will be postponed additional details coming soon.

    5. ISF Help Desk: Technically there is not an official ISF Help Desk. Questions related to ISF have been submitted to the Manifest Branch mailbox. Due to the government shutdown that box is not currently monitored.

    6. ISF Reports have not changed nor have they been impacted by the shutdown. They should be operating as normal.

    7. InBond and ISF5 CSMS message is forthcoming
  • 01/17/2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    On today's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trade update call, CBP updated the trade on the phasing in of new in-bond enforcement. Last fall, they were made aware of some issues surrounding enforcement and planned on having meetings in January to prepare for the February meeting. Since there have been no meetings, CBP will be pushing back the February 6 in-bond enforcement for no less than 30 days. There will be additional information forthcoming, but there is nothing in February that you will need to worry about in regard to the enforcement date.

    CBP also announced that if the government is not open by January 18, they will postpone COAC and another trade event taking place in Washington, D.C. Also, the comment period for the 21st Century Customs Framework will not be extended. All comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 4.

    CBP clarified information surrounding the issuing of overtime. CBP is allowed to spend/use overtime during the furlough at the Ports of Entry. They are currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) to start 2019. As there is no fiscal year 2019 budget, CBP does not know what their overtime budget will be. Field managers have been directed to be "very prudent" when assigning overtime. The migrant caravan significantly depleted CBP's overtime resources. The ports have been advised that they cannot overspend, as CBP headquarters cannot support a bailout later in the year. The unknowns of not having a 2019 budget require them to be cautious with overtime.

    As far as additional upcoming issues, there will be a special sugar tariff-rate quota opening on January 23, starting at 12:01 a.m. and lasting until 12:00 p.m. A CSMS message is forthcoming and will also include information regarding the shutdown. Form 5106 is scheduled to deploy on February 9. It has been in certification since the beginning of December. CBP has decided that if they are still operating under a shutdown on February 1, they will delay the implementation in ABI. CBP also confirmed that it will be deployed in both ABI and the web portal when it is ready for deployment. They confirmed that once the new Form 5106 is deployed, the old Form will no longer work. When the issue of a late determination for those working in software was raised, CBP said they will take it under advisement. They will talk to their systems workers about the possibility of a 30-day transition but do not envision running concurrent forms.

    CBP reiterated that, through the shutdown, you should continue using the 2018 CBMA guidance as nothing has been released for 2019.

    A question was asked about the shutdown of global entry lanes in San Francisco and whether there is a delay for passengers. CBP responded by saying that, yes, global entry is shut down, but the kiosks are up and running. As for delays for passengers, CBP stated that airports, land borders and seaports are not experiencing any impact in operations. There is also no notifiable uptick in sick-time.

    When asked about if there were any challenges in vessels being cleared, CBP responded by saying there should be no delays.

    CBP has stated that they are not aware of any delays surrounding ACH. ACH employees are working and average a 5 day turn around.

    According to CBP, no ITRAC reports being processed.

    As for whether ISF reports were being impacted, CBP said there should be no change but will follow-up.

    There are also no changes to refunds. There is also an issue with Section 301 exclusions, but HTS employees are furloughed. There is no ability for PSC or change to forward looking entries possible. They are currently in a holding pattern until the end of the shutdown.


  • 01/09/2019 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    On today's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trade update call, CBP announced their upcoming trade collaboration meetings for IPR, blockchain and in-bond will need to be postponed to a later date. As for the upcoming CESAC meeting, it cannot be supported from CBP's side so will probably be rescheduled. The trade update calls are still scheduled for next week and CBP is hopeful that the shutdown will be over and those calls can go on as planned. If the shutdown continues, CBP will be unable to support any upcoming calls.

    CBP acknowledged yesterday's unplanned ACE outage, stating that close to 4:00 p.m. ET, they noticed the ACE system was struggling with database related issues causing hang-ups in the system. Their technicians shut down the inbound transactions to stop them from erroring out and successfully switched over to the back-up database. By 6:15 p.m. ET, the technicians switched back to the main database after confirming everything was operational. Operations were back to normal by 7:00 p.m. ET and the system was processing current. AES direct was also down as a result of it being connected to the ACE portal. CBP noted that AES was down the day before and that if users experience additional problems, they should open a trouble ticket with CBP online, and not Census, as CBP is the mechanical/technical support for AES. CBP says that they have learned that the back-up system is a necessity after the past few years of outages. The back-up is a mirror image (disaster recovery) of the database that is constantly kept up to date.

    The next order of business was the Harmonized Tariff Schedule's (HTS) new Units of Measurement (UOM.) The problem that users have been experiencing is unique to the shutdown, as errors would have been worked out between the International Trade Commission (ITC) and CBP if they were both operating at full capacity and at normal business hours. As it stands, all ITC employees have been furloughed and CBP's HTS employees are also on furlough. CBP's advice is to submit entries using "logic." For example, the UOM for grams was changed from "g" to "gm." There are possibly about 300 of those changes. CBP says that they will not be issuing a universal list of UOM changes as they cannot support that at this time and users should seek out association lists in the meantime.* CBP will continue to will work through it until they are up and running.

    [*As a side note, the NCBFAA has an unofficial and incomplete collection of the new UOM here and here. Please note that we have done our best to double check any and all of our changes and will keep our members apprised of any changes.]

    In regard to the CBMA conference call that was scheduled for Thursday, January 10, CBP says they will have to reschedule. A second question was asked about formal guidance for CBMA. Guidance was supposed to be forthcoming but, for now, everyone should still be following 2018 guidance.

    CBP reiterated that, while ACH was still taking applications and payments, all refunds, including ACH refunds, have been suspended. As the issuing of refunds is a non-accepted function, all employees who support the refund process at the Treasury are not working. CBP also stated that there will be no regulatory audits during the shutdown. When the lapse of appropriations ends, regulatory audits will be rescheduled. Until then, if you have timelines for a request for documents and submissions, you should continue to adhere to those guidelines.

    A question was raised regarding whether or not the Newark and NY Ports were operating on limited hours, and CBP stated that they will monitor the issue and follow-up by sending an email for distribution.

    As for the scheduled in-bond call tomorrow, and for the future ACAS bi-weekly conference calls, CBP says that they will let participants know if the call will occur, either at the close of business the night before or on the morning of. For ACAS, the will send out separate information at a later time. As for anything that has been postponed, CBP will not be able to set the dates until after the shutdown ends.

    CBP reiterated that the otentrysummary@cbp.dhs.gov inbox is reserved for high-level policy questions and should not be used as a substitute for ABI client representative. All ABI client representative functions are on hiatus until the shut down ends. For stuck shipments, users should reach out to the CBP ACE help desk. For cargo issues, you should speak with the port.

    In regard to the Section 301 tariffs and USTR exclusion requests, CBP state that none of the work is continuing at this time. As for the adjudication on the petitions themselves, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is still functional, but the technical work that is handled by CBP is not. CBP cannot load the approved exclusions into ACE. No additional product approvals will take place during the shutdown. As a note, USTR will begin furloughs at the close of business on January 11.

    At the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), all operations (prior notice, entry sampling, etc..) are continuing. As of now, there is no plan to change their covering of the ports. If this changes, the FDA will let everyone know. Until then everyone should continue to use their regular contacts.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently shut down, but CBP has a protocol for critical cargo release. For difficult release issues, you should go to CBP who will be able to talk to the port of entry and interface with EPA's limited staff.

    National account managers are furloughed, so all scheduled calls with them are postponed.

    The quota desk is still staffed and receiving calls. A dedicated email box has also been set up for any quota issues that may arise.

    The next CBP call is scheduled for next Monday, January 14. The NCBFAA will continue to take part in these trade calls and will update our members as situations develop.


  • 01/03/2019 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    Cancellation of CBP Led ACE Calls until
    Federal Government Shutdown Ends

    As an update to our members, the biweekly ACE calls led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been canceled until the Federal Government shutdown comes to an end.

    The NCBFAA will continue to update its members regarding the on-going Government shutdown until this situation resolves.

  • 01/01/2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Customs Broker User Fee Payment for 2019

    Annual Permit Fee Reminder: 2019 annual user fee of $144.74, which is assessed for each permit held by broker, whether it may be an individual, partnership, association, or corporation is due by close of business January 25, 2019.

    The annual permit user fee and annual national permit fee for calendar year 2019 is $144.74.  See  Federal Register Notice published 11/07/2018.

    The payment is due for each permit held.

    • A district permit and a national permit would necessarily require payment of $289.48.  
    • Four district permits and a national permit would necessarily require payment of $723.70 in calendar year 2019. 

    Permit due dates and the associated fees are generally announced in the Federal Register annually between November and January.

    Payment is presented where the local permit was issued. For permits issued in Laredo, TX please take payment to cashier's office at World Trade Bridge


  • 01/01/2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    CBP Trade Call Updates

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    In an effort to keep us informed during the Federal Government shutdown, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is holding bi-weekly conference calls, every Monday and Wednesday, to apprise the trade of on-going developments and to answer any questions we may have.

    On Monday, CBP reiterated CSMS #18-000757, stating that they will be unable to process Section 301 exclusions during the shutdown, as the programmers in charge of updating the HTS numbers with their corresponding new 9903 HTS have been furloughed. CBP will not accept entries or PSC's with the new HTS 9903. Protests for the Section 301 exclusions will be accepted since protests do not require a transmitted CF 7501 correction. At the conclusion of the shutdown, CBP will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. Any updates to the Automated Customs Environment (ACE) will be implemented 10 business days after the shutdown has concluded.

    Trucks carrying packages qualifying for Section 321 will still be required to file electronic manifest for truckloads up to 5,000 lines beginning January 1. There is a glitch for manifests having over 5,000 lines and CBP will accept paper on those until the fix can be dealt with after the shutdown. A mailbox (ofo-manifestbranch@cbp.dhs.gov) has been created for manifest questions.

    While EPA's funding has lapsed, they do have enough for serving the ports for clearances. For those shipments that require pre-file approval, filers can work with the ports to get a conditional release so that the cargo can be moved from the ports and held at the importer' premises until the shutdown is over. The TSCA Hotline will remain open, but filers should work with EPA at the ports.

    Fines, Penalties and Forfeiture (FP&F) officers have not been furloughed.

    After originally stating the ACE Help Desk team had been furloughed, CBP corrected that statement on today's call by saying the ACE Help Desk and the ACE Accounts Service Desk are manned by contractors who are already funded. The Trade Remedy and Entry Summary mailboxes will also still be monitored.

    Filers should not experience lack of responses for questions and requests for CF 28's and 29's. The import specialists at the Centers are not furloughed.  If a filer is having a response problem, they should raise the question to a Center Team Supervisor.

    CBP also took questions from those on the call. Below are the answers to the most pertinent questions.

    When asked whether any rulings would be coming during the shutdown, CBP stated that there would be no rulings released during the furlough.

    A question regarding other agency availability during the shutdown was asked and CBP responded by saying that it's not CBP's intention to hold cargo, and they intend to conditionally release.  FDA is funded.  EPA is not funded, but they do have minimal staff available for trade. 

    When asked about carriers running into a few anomalies with ACE 10+2 programming and whether it would be fixed/ignored for now, CBP noted that there is a recurring timing problem and that they are aware of the problem and are working to correct it.

    When asked about deadlines, CBP stated that they are sorting through the funding lapse on legal and administrative processes, but that the trade should go ahead and meet any deadlines due to CBP. The Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) employees should still be working.

    In regard to the STOP Act, CBP said that there would be a CSMS message to let the carriers know the requirement exists for the postal service. Not a regulatory requirement for the carriers to obtain that data. There will not be contemplated enforcement actions against the trade as this is a postal service requirement.

    With the ITC being furloughed, updates to the HTSUS site for January 1 will not be done until the shutdown is over.

    All quota openings for January 2 appear to be operating normally, including 232 quotas.

    After being asked about a decrease in liquidation postings over the last week, CBP said they look through their systems and found no reason other than there being only three business days that week.

    A question was raised whether or not there would be a delay in Drawback due to programmers being furloughed and CBP responded by saying that they do not expect any delays for the February Drawback deployment.

    The NCBFAA will continue to take part in these trade calls and will update our members as situations develop.

  • 12/21/2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Potential Government Shutdown Guidance

    With a Federal government shutdown looming on the horizon, the NCBFAA has reached out to representatives of Partner Government Agencies (PGA) for information regarding the arrangements they have in place for the processing of Import and Export cargo. Please see below for agency guidance and procedure.

    CBP

    On a conference call this afternoon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said they are keeping a close eye on the situation and will be as prepared as they can be in case of a government shutdown. CBP is planning to have conference calls every Monday and Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m. ET, for the duration of the shutdown. A CSMS message will be prepared shortly, outlining the plans. The Office of Trade will be open to ensure cargo flows as routinely and predictably as possible. CBP is working with other agencies to have the flow of trade as close to normal as possible. Management and leadership will continue to work, however, client representatives and others will not. In the case of an ACE outage, client representatives will be recalled.

    As for field operations, ports will be staffed as normal. Trucks will be processed, air cargo and hubs will be working and trains and vessels will all be processed. There will be no interruptions to conveyance, clearance and cargo release. As some PGA's will not be funded, CBP will use their discretion at the border to keep cargo flowing. Centers of Excellence and Expertise will be open as normal with drawback and liquidations continuing under normal circumstances. As for the quota desk, it will be operational. The Quota Branch Chief and an additional staff member will be in the office.

    Monday and Tuesday of next week are still considered holidays and will be treated as such. Expect normal holiday hours and level of service. Land borders and airports will be open Monday and Tuesday but are operating under normal federal holiday procedure.

    For general trade questions, please see ports and centers. For trade policy questions, a dedicated email (otentrysummary@cbp.dhs.gov) has been set up and will be staffed if there is a question that cannot be staffed at ports or centers.

    CPSC

    In the event of a shutdown, all U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) port investigators would be furloughed. CPSC targeting would be suspended. Shipments that have been targeted, but not arrived for examination, would be released, unless CBP or another PGA has interest or an imminent health and safety issue has been identified. Decisions on whether to release shipments that have been detained because they failed field screening and may be violative will be made on a case by case basis.

    As far as a point of contact during a shutdown, they are referring callers to their hotline at (800) 638-2772, which will direct inquiries to staff on duty.

    EPA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will have funding to continue border operations.

    FDA

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) import operations will remain operational: FDA Prior Notice review, entry processing, sampling/examination of high-risk shipments, and compliance activities will continue.

    For any entry-related issues:

    • For issues related to Prior Notice processing, contact FDA's Division of Food Defense Targeting at their main number 866-521-2297;
    • For issues related to FDA entry admissibility processing, contact your usual local FDA contacts. These can be found using FDA's "FDA Import Offices and Ports of Entry" webpage at this link: https://www.fda.gov/forindustry/importprogram/ucm319216.htm
       

    FMCSA

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will have funding to continue border operations.

     

    FWS

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will operate at the ports as normal during any possible shut down since the wildlife inspection program is funded using user fees and not appropriated funds. Issuance of Import/Export Licenses and Designated Port Exception Permits (DPEP) will be suspended during any shutdown as will their general email (lawenforcement@fws.gov) and headquarters/regional office telephone services. Any permits issued by the Division of Management Authority (DMA) such as CITES, ESA, etc. would be suspended during a possible shutdown.

    While they will have emergency IT available to maintain eDecs and internal systems, help desk personnel will be on furlough in the event of a shutdown. They are asking the trade to stay in touch with the wildlife inspection offices if any help desk assistance is needed for eDecs.

    NHTSA

    In the event of a government shutdown, no National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) personnel will be available to release shipments in a circumstance where such action on their part is needed. No one will be available to take calls during the shutdown.

    NOAA

    Customs operation will continue. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS) will be closed.

    USDA

    The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will continue to provide inspection services, including inspections for import requirements, during a Federal Government shut down. The inspection results are electronically transmitted to their Compliance Enforcement Management System (CEMS). CEMS is the system that automatically reconciles entries which pass inspection and meet 8e import requirements and returns a "May Proceed" message back to ACE should an entry meet import requirements. As with the last government shutdown, entries which electronically reconcile via CEMS will continue to do so with a "May Proceed" message back to ACE as long as transmissions of inspection certificates are submitted by inspection personnel and everything reconciles. 

    The Marketing Order and Agreement Division's Compliance and Enforcement Branch (CEB) staff will be lightly staffed.

    The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will have funding to continue border operations.

  • 06/05/2018 1:45 PM | Bo Burge

    As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ongoing effort to make the oversight of food safety stronger and more efficient, the FDA and the USDA today announced the alignment of the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA H-GAP) with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) Produce Safety Rule. 


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