© [2020], NCBFAA, Washington D.C., Daily Roundup for March 23. Originally published [03/23/2020]. www.ncbfaa.orgReprinted by permission

The NCBFAA reached out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) last week with questions regarding the agency’s ongoing efforts to meet the challenges of this unprecedented crisis. Here are the questions and answers below: 

NCBFAA: Do you anticipate any interruption in the processing of Import or Export cargo regulated by your agency?
FWS: No. 

NCBFAA: Do you expect staffing shortages that will delay inspections?
FWS: No. 

NCBFAA: If a port closes temporarily, how can a shipment be rerouted to another port?
FWS: If an eDec (declaration Form 1-77) has already been filed, but is still pending, then the broker should change the Port of Clearance in Box 4 to the port that the shipment will be rerouted to. The broker should notify both FWS Port offices of the change. 

NCBFAA: If we have a “May Proceed” in ACE and the cargo is subsequently diverted by the carrier to another port, Will the “May Proceed” still stand, or will we need to notify the agency?
FWS: The shipment must be “Cleared” by FWS prior to the “May Proceed” in ACE. The shipment would be reviewed and processed by FWS at the time of arrival. Therefore, see the below response. 

NCBFAA: If we have cargo destined to an FWS designated port and the cargo is diverted to a non-FWS port, what do we do?
FWS: FWS Import/Export Regulations under 50 CFR Part 14.13 allows for emergency diversion. The broker would contact the closest FWS designated port office for guidance on moving the shipment in-bond to an authorized port for clearance. 

NCBFAA: Is there any other information that you would like to broadcast to the trade?
FWS: All FWS Ports remain operational at this time. Activities including FWS physical inspections, declaration processing, and compliance activities are ongoing. FWS will notify the trade of any changes/adjustments to their operations or procedures via a CSMS message.