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    Potential U.S. Government Shutdown Oct. 1st

    We anticipate the Federal government will shut down on October 1st. Not all information is known regarding agency impact, but Schenker Customs has been monitoring the situation and joined the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (NCBFAA) webinar Friday afternoon. The NCBFAA is taking the lead to coordinate communications with agencies involved in import / export activities. Following are Schenker’s notes and highlights.

    CBP – Anticipate minimal impact. Port personnel and Centers of Excellence and Expertise should be staffed.

    U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) – Anticipate the HTS webpage to be taken offline. Therecommendation is to download the HTS prior to October 1st Link to the HTSUS: Harmonized Tariff Schedule (

    Some Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) have alternate funding available, such as user fees, that will keep some personnel in place so impact is expected to be minimal.

    Other agencies will experience full or near-full furlough of personnel, resulting in significant impact to shipment processing.

    Much of the impact of the shutdown will be mitigated by the automation of the majority of processes for entry; however, we anticipate there will be a slowdown in some activities and full stoppage of others. We will continue to monitor for updates and communicate as information becomes known.

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