At a recent press conference, the U.S. government confirmed that the budget cuts could affect U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) container examinations. Specifically, a representative said that officers would be sent on furlough (i.e., temporary leave) as a result of the budget cuts, which could have serious consequences to the flow of trade and travel at U.S. ports of entry.
Effect on cargo shipments
As a result of the cuts, it is expected that service levels in CBP's cargo operations will be affected. According to CBP, there will be increased and potentially escalating delays for container examinations of up to five days or more at major seaports. Importers and exporters may also experience significant daily delays for truck shipments at land border ports. CBP says it will continue to carry out border security operations consistent with all applicable legal requirements, including mandatory examinations of perishable commodities.
Trusted traveler and trader programs
The CBP confirmed that it will maintain all trusted traveler and trusted trader programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, Nexus, and FAST. Generally, membership in these programs allows for faster processing and members will continue to receive these same benefits. However, increased demand for new trusted traveler applications may cause longer approval times.
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