Toy Companies Might Experience Delays at the Port of New York and New Jersey
June 17, 2019 | The Toy Association has learned that 50 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have been moved by the Trump administration from the Port of New York and New Jersey to the southern U.S. border, putting a strain on the port’s ability to handle rising cargo volumes at the start of peak shipping season (July). As a result, Toy Association members may experience longer than normal delays in clearing customs.
“The moves are part of a nationwide reassignment of several hundred CBP officers from airports and seaports to the border,” said Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Robert Menendez, Rep. Albio Sires, and Rep. Donald Payne, in a letter to CBP commissioner and acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan. The concerned legislators said the New York-New Jersey region requires “a robust CBP presence to ensure the safety and security of the United States.”
The reassignment of port officers to the southern border is part of President Trump’s move to bolster immigration personnel, according to JOC.com.
Toy Association members will be kept apprised of any developments.