U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a message stating that if an import containing products regulated by the Fish and Wildlife Service must be diverted to another port due to Hurricane Florence, the importer must ensure the diverted port is allowed for FWS clearance. If the shipment is either diverted to a port that is not designated for FWS clearance or the importer does not have a designated port exception permit, the importer will need to move the shipment in-bond after diversion to an appropriate FWS port for clearance.

In addition, if a filer has already submitted an eDec for an import originally destined for a closed port, the filer should work with the wildlife inspectors at the diverted port to ensure the port code is updated for the eDec.

CBP emphasizes that diverted FWS-regulated goods must not be picked up from the carrier's premises until FWS clearance is received.

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