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Exporters Encouraged to Divert Cargo from Gulf Coast Ports Affected by Hurricane

Friday, September 01, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is encouraging exporters to divert their export cargo if possible from the ports of Port Arthur (2101), Houston (5301), Galveston (5310), and Freeport (5311), as well as the Houston airport (5309), where commercial trade operations have been suspended through at least Sept. 1.

CBP states that exporters who divert their cargo (or their filing agents) should make every effort to correct and update the electronic export information filings within the Automated Export System to reflect the new port of export, date of export, and carrier information. Prior to amending the EEI, exporters, freight forwarders, or authorized agents should attempt to determine if the cargo was damaged. Exporters will then need to make business decisions to either update or cancel the EEI.

If adjustments are needed in the quantities or values of cargo being exported under an export license or license exemption/exception, CBP states, the exporter or authorized agent should first attempt to amend the EEI filing to reflect the corrected information. If this amendment is not successful, exporters should contact Outbound Enforcement at OFO-Export-Cargo@cbp.dhs.gov and provide the internal transaction number, the license number, and the corrected quantity and value for each controlled commodity (including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations data elements).

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