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14 January, 2019

US Government Shutdown - Delays in Entry / Travel

The United States is on day 24 of the longest government shutdown in US history. 

While many government agencies are still operating, there has been an increased number of delays in relation to the shutdown.

Agencies that are closed:

  • US Department of Agriculture
  • Federal Housing Administration

Agencies that remain in operation:

  • US Postal Service
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Customs & Border Patrol Agents
  • Air Traffic Control

Due to the shutdown, more than 420,000 federal employees are working without pay. It was reported that over 5.1% of TSA’s (approx. 51,000) workers did not show up to work on January 10th. This number increased over the weekend. Major airports such as IAH in Houston, ATL in Atlanta, Miami Int’l airport are experiencing long lines. Terminals are being closed, and people are being rerouted to different concourses.

It is advised that arrangements for crewmen and all travelers are adjusted to give more time to check-in. Two to three hour wait times are being reported to pass through TSA. 

Other air-travel systems are working normally. Air traffic controllers and technicians are considered critical roles, and are still working to maintain air traffic safety. 

Our port offices are also reporting skeleton crews for Customs Boarder Patrol (CBP) and US Coast Guard (USGC) clearances. If the COC is not conducted on the original date, and needs to be pushed for any reason, the USCG cannot accommodate at this time due to the short staff. The COC will be arranged at the next available opening which we have been advised could be up to 4 days. 

If you have any concerns about COC or inspections, please reach out to our local port office. They will be able to assist you further. 

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