The following is the current information available to MTL regarding the U.S. Government Shutdown which began at midnight last night.
Any MTL customers with active shipments impacted by this event will be contacted directly by MTL Sales Representatives regarding specific details, options and solutions.
MTL will keep you posted of any important developments with regard to this situation. For more information please contact your Sales Representative or Customer Support. Thank you for your continued support of MTL.
Regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
A number of CBP functions would continue in the event of a government “shutdown”. For example, manifest filings, vessel stow plan filings, and container status message filings would all continue to be required and be accepted by CBP systems.
The impact of a shutdown on the clearance of U.S. import and export cargo is currently less certain. CBP officials advised that they expect that most of the CBP inspectors who clear cargo and crew in U.S. ports would be designated “essential” and would continue to work during a shutdown. It is not yet clear, however, whether CBP agriculture and import specialists will be deemed “essential”. It is also not yet clear to what extent other government agencies’ cargo screeners or inspectors (e.g., U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, etc.) would be affected by a shutdown. Thus, it is possible that there could be some delays in some cargo clearance.
CBP has advised us that the CBP Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, which Member lines use to submit their manifest filings, will continue to function in the event of a shutdown, as will the National Targeting Center, which facilitates the electronic screening of cargo.
CBP staff elements that are expected to close in the event of a shutdown include:
1) most of the staff of the Office of Field Operations, which oversees CBP operations, resolves enforcement problems at local ports, administers C-TPAT, and writes regulations;
2) the ACE Business Office, which is overseeing the development of new functionality in ACE, notably the automated export system; and
3) the Office of Regulations and Rulings, which reviews pending regulatory packages and issues final determinations on penalty mitigation requests. Members that have C-TPAT validations scheduled for October may wish to contact your assigned C-TPAT supply chain security specialist to find out of it will be affected by a shutdown.
The Federal Maritime Commission is closed effective Tuesday, October 1, 2013 as part of the federal government shutdown due to a lapse in the current fiscal year appropriations. The Commission will resume normal operations when appropriations legislation is enacted and the federal government reopens.
With the exception of the Chairman and four Commissioners, who are Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed officials, all Commission employees have been placed on furlough and are prohibited by law from performing any duties during the shutdown. As a result, all Commission functions have been suspended, including the following:
- The Commission will not respond to email or phone inquiries.
- The Commission’s website will be available during the shutdown, but it will not be updated with new information until operations resume.
- The Commission will not accept online filings or applications through its website for the following:
- Service contracts through SERVCON;
- Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) applications through the Automated OTI Application (FMC-18); or
- Tariff Registration Forms (FMC-1).
- The Commission will not accept filings during this period for:
- Ocean carrier or marine terminal operator agreements or amendments;
- Applications for certification of financial responsibility for cruise lines embarking from U.S. ports; or
- Agreement monitoring reports, minutes, or transcripts.
- The Commission’s online databases: SERVCON, the VOCC and NVOCC Tariff List, List of FMC Licensed and Bonded OTIs, and the Agreement Notices & Library will not be accessible.
- The Commission will not accept or act on complaints, requests for dispute resolution services, nor ombudsman services.
The Commission will not be available to address issues regarding cruise vessel operations or sailings.
All filing deadlines in formal and informal adjudicatory and investigatory proceedings pending before the Commission or Administrative Law Judges have been stayed as of midnight September 30, 2013. No filings will be received during the shutdown. Upon reopening of the federal government and the Federal Maritime Commission, the public is welcome to contact the Office of the Secretary.
We regret any problem or inconvenience this shutdown may cause. The Commission will resume normal operations upon enactment of appropriations legislation.
The Federal Maritime Commission is the federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers, and the American consumer. The FMC’s mission is to foster a fair, efficient, and reliable international ocean transportation system while protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices”