Without preventive action from Congress, sequestration cuts to the federal budget will go into effect on March 1, 2013. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be expected to cut $754 million from its budget during this fiscal year.
CBP plans to take immediate action by eliminating all overtime. We expect this to lead to increasing backlog affecting the time it takes to clear entries through Customs and for Customs exams to be completed.
If the sequestration is lengthy, without a new budget addressing the cuts, CBP will begin to require all of its employees to take 1 furlough day for every 10 working days. This will result in a 10% decrease in staff for all services at all times.
If sequestration does occur, please be prepared for delays in cargo availablity. It is vital that you get your import documents to us as early as possible for preclearance of your shipments.
Please address any concerns regarding the impending sequestration cuts and how they may impact you and your import business to your Congressional Representatives and Senators.