On 26th December, Thompson Hine published an article about the Government shutdown in the US that began on 22nd December.  It lists what it says is the current operational status of affected agencies –

  • US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – ports will be “staffed as normal”, but website and email services halted;
  • US Department of Commerce – Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) – BIS’s operations will be severely curtailed, including requests for licenses, advisory opinions, and other export licensing activities. Export enforcement will continue;
  • US Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration (ITA) – most services stopped;
  • US Department of State – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) – significantly curtailed, including requests for licences, advisory opinions, and retransfers, except for those that provide direct support to the military, humanitarian aid, or other similar emergencies;
  • OFAC – severely curtailed, with website work halted, but updating of SDN List to continue;
  • US International Trade Commission (ITC) – ceased regular operations, website operating on limited capacity.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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