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Effects of Sequestration on Customs Operations

Customs and Border Protection has posted the latest information regarding the effects of sequestration on CBP Operations on their website at:

Please note that CBP emphasizes the importance of pre-filing entry information in order to minimize delays in obtaining release after arrival. Pre-filing the entry gives CBP and other federal agencies an opportunity to conduct risk assessments and resolve outstanding issues before the cargo arrives in the United States and allows agencies to provide the trade with a release decision as early as possible.

Additionally, CBP will continue to afford Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) members priority (“front-of-the-line”) treatment for examinations. As a tangible benefit for the substantial efforts taken to secure the supply chain, C-TPAT companies are 4-6 times less likely to undergo an inspection.

During the first 30 days of the sequestration (March 1-30) CBP expects minimal delays. However, once the furloughs commence, delays will impact shipments for trusted partners that have been designated for examination.

The FDA has analyzed how sequestration will affect their ongoing activities. At this time, FDA does not anticipate having to furlough employees. Other internal measures to absorb the cuts due to sequester will be taken, including reducing travel and training.

How sequestration affects FDA program activities that have already been specifically designated and paid for with user fees is unclear at this point.

Also, it remains unclear how sequestration will impact the inspection of foreign facilities mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

If you have any questions, please contact your MIQ Logistics representative.