Dear Valued Customer,
With the looming threat of a US government shutdown at 12:01 AM on Sunday, October 1, prepare for delays on import shipments clearances.
U.S. Customs and the Food and Drug Administration have confirmed they will be considered essential staff and plan to operate at current levels. However, many other government agencies (PGA’s) that also participate in the clearance process will have varying levels of staffing dependent upon their designation in the “critical” staffing hierarchy.
Prepare for delays on shipments needing a PGA for examination, sampling, or testing. Working closely with your trusted brokerage advisor when deciding to submit clearance or hold submission pending renewal of government services will help you find your optimal solution.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they occur. Should you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your OEC Customs Brokerage representative.