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CBP guidance, vessels diverted because of Hurricane Maria

CBP guidance, vessels diverted because of hurricane

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today issued guidance concerning situations when Hurricane Maria may have caused ocean vessels to divert from their intended port of unlading to other port locations for discharge purposes.


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The CBP release—CSMS #17-000608 (September 25, 2017)—reminds carriers to amend the manifest to reflect the new port of unlading, so that the automated terminals at the new port of discharge will receive the appropriate notifications. The CBP release states that ports are not to penalize carriers for a diversion of cargo. 

Possible scenarios

CBP considered the following as most likely diversion scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: At the time of the diversion, both the entry and summary have already been filed at the original port (e.g., Miami or San Juan)—nothing needs to be done with either the entry or summary.
  • Scenario 2: At the time of the diversion, a certified summary had already been filed at the original port (e.g., Miami or San Juan)—nothing needs to be done with the certified summary.• Scenario 3: At the time of the diversion, the entry had already been filed at the original port (e.g., Miami or San Juan), but the summary had not been filed—in this situation, CBP explains it is recommended to file the summary using the same entry port as the entry was filed.
  • Scenario 4: At the time of the diversion, neither the entry nor summary had been filed at the original port (e.g., Miami or San Juan)—in this instance, both the entry and summary will be filed at the new (diverted) port. 
  • Scenario 5: In lieu of diversion to a domestic port, the cargo is offloaded at ports in Mexico or Canada for routing into the U.S. via rail or truck. In this scenario, manifests will need to be provided by border carriers in the appropriate systems; original entries destined for original U.S. ports will need to canceled and refiled for the new land border port; or an in-bond move will need to be requested to move the cargo to the port of entry.  


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 | dzuvich@kpmg.com

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 | asiciliano@kpmg.com

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