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U.S. Customs and FDA Operational Update in response to COVID-19

U.S. Customs & FDA Operational Readiness: agencies are maintaining regular operations and monitoring events for potential disruptions.

U.S. Operational Readiness:

  • U.S. Customs: Clarification — The Presidential Proclamation issued March 11, 2020 was specific to travelers and not cargo.
    • Cargo is not currently considered as a transmission vehicle for the COVID-19 virus.
    • If U.S. Customs receive different guidance it will be shared immediately.
    • Transportation crew may be subject to additional health screening.
  • U.S. Customs: Volumes
    • Decline in express cargo, and overall slow-down in air cargo.
    • Vessels leaving China have declined but still allowed to arrive at U.S. ports.
  • U.S. Customs: Staffing
    • No negative impact.
    • Where possible, teleworking takes effect this week.
    • Officers with suspected exposure will quarantine for 14 days.
    • Contingency plans in place to prioritize critical functions.
  • U.S. Customs: Other
    • USMCA implementation is still a priority and focus of The Office of Trade. Planned meetings now via webinars and conference calls.
    • Entry Type 86 Data Pilots are not impacted at this time.
    • To facilitate combatting the virus CBP will grant exclusions for items that will help.
  • FDA: Operations
    • Remaining functional and operational to include all current processes such as:
      • Prior notice reviews
      • Entry processing
      • Sampling and exams
      • FSVP inspections
      • Filler assessments
      • All compliance activities
  • Expecting to process fewer hard-cop FDA Notice of Action and will utilize Import Trade Auxiliary Communication Systems (ITACS). DB Schenker already utilizes electronic notices.
  • FDA will continue monitoring events and will provide updates as needed.

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Client Notice - U.S. Customs and FDA Operations - 03172020