On August 29, 2017, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued CSMS# 17-000521 “*UPDATE* Guidance to Trade on Cargo Processing during Hurricane Harvey.” The CSMS provides the following guidance for entry and entry summary filing for cargo aboard ships that have been forced to divert due to Hurricane Harvey.
Scenario 1: At the of time the diversion, both the entry and summary have already been filed at the original port (e.g. Houston), nothing needs to be done with either the entry or summary.
Scenario 2: At the of time the diversion, a certified summary had already been filed at the original port (e.g. Houston), nothing needs to be done with the certified summary.
Scenario 3: At the of time the diversion, the entry had already been filed at the original port (e.g. Houston), but the summary had not been filed. In this case, it is recommended to file the summary using the same entry port as the entry was filed.
Scenario 4. At the of time the diversion, neither the entry or summary had been filed at the original port (e.g. Houston). In this scenario, both the entry and summary will be filed at the new (diverted) port.
CBP is advising that entry type 09, Reconciliation entries for the Houston port (5301) be held by trade until it reopens.
If Trade requires entry/entry summary cancellation/deletion please adhere to the entry deletion and cancellation policy and ACE Entry Summary business processing document.
CBP will only allow filers to delete entry data prior to cargo release processing. Once cargo release processing occurs and a provisional release notification is generated, the data is considered to be in CBP status and CBP will not delete the entry data. Deletion may only be performed on an entry (cargo selectivity information). An entry summary may not be deleted. All subsequent changes by trade must be processed via the entry or entry summary cancellation process.
It should be noted that there are many situations in which entry or entry summary cancellation is a legitimate and acceptable action, as long as the filer provides documentation to substantiate the request. The entry or entry summary cancellation process enables CBP to account for 21st century logistics and just-in-time inventory, as well as other government agency entry refusals.
The Office of Trade, Trade Policy and Programs intends to work with the impacted trade community during this time to mediate or resolve entry summary processing issues.
CBP also issued CSMS# 17-000522 on August 29, 2017 announcing that Commercial trade operations at the Ports of 2101 (Port Arthur), 5301 (Houston Seaport), 5309 (Houston Airport), 5310 (Galveston), and 5311 (Freeport, TX) are temporarily suspended for the following dates Wednesday, August 30, 2017 through Friday, September 1, 2017, due to Tropical Storm Harvey.
On August 30, 2017 through September 1, 2017, a local closure day is granted to all who file entries at the listed Ports. CBP is extending an additional day, without penalty, for any entry summaries and payment of duties that will be due on August 30, 2017-September 1, 2017 in the listed Ports.