Thursday, February 28, 2013
CBP Warns of Delays due to Sequestration
CBP has announced that the planned budget cuts set to take effect March 1 will likely result in delays in trade processing, to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise and further ACE development. CBP will be forced to cut back on overtime and may require furloughs, causing potentially longer wait times for trade processing.
Sources indicate that the agency is projecting to double the current wait times, from two hours to four or five hours during peak times, with cargo exams taking more than five days. CBP will focus on security issues and core processing for cargo and international travelers utilizing its trusted trade programs.
The planned addition of new CEE’s may be delayed as well as the scheduled completion for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) which is scheduled to be completed in three years.
Although the total impact of sequestration is unknown at this time, all members of the trade remain committed to working with CBP to minimize the burden.