In CSMS# 17-000517 (8/27/17) US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) advised the trade that Commercial trade operations at the Ports of 2101 (Port Arthur), 5301 (Houston Seaport), 5309 (Houston Airport), 5310 (Galveston), 5311 (Freeport), and 5312 (Corpus Christi) will be temporarily suspended on Monday, August 28, 2017, due to Hurricane Harvey.

On August 28, 2017, a local closure day is granted to all who file entries at the Ports of 2101 (Port Arthur), 5301 (Houston Seaport), 5309 (Houston Airport), 5310 (Galveston), 5311 (Freeport), and 5312 (Corpus Christi). CBP is extending an additional day, without penalty, for any entry summaries and payments of duties that are due on August 28, 2017 for Ports 2101 (Port Arthur), 5301 (Houston Seaport), 5309 (Houston Airport), 5310 (Galveston), 5311 (Freeport), and 5312 (Corpus Christi).

In CSMS# 17-000518 (8/28/17), CBP provided the following guidance:

CBP recognizes that the current extraordinary weather situation created by Hurricane Harvey may cause many ocean vessels to divert from their intended port of unlading to other port locations for discharge purposes. To ensure smooth processing of bills and associated status notifications in the new port of unlading, CBP reminds the carriers that they should amend the manifest to reflect the new port of unlading. This action will ensure that the automated terminals at the new port of discharge will receive the appropriate notifications. Entries that have already been filed will not need to be amended.