COVID-19 Impact on Cargo Movement & Trade

March 23, 2020 | The Toy Association is alerting members of several trade-related advisories and updates provided by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) as a result of COVID-19:

  1. On March 20, CBP said that it would approve, on a case-by-case basis, additional days for payment of estimated duties, taxes, and fees. Details are currently in development and will be communicated via the Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS). Requests for extensions should be directed to the Office of Trade, Trade Policy, and Programs. NOTE: It now appears this forbearance was temporary, or CBP has reconsidered; CBP now indicates it will no longer entertain these requests. Members or their customs brokers should consult Cargo Systems Messaging Service message CSMS #42161666 - Additional Guidance for Entry Summary Payments Impacted by COVID-19 for latest updates.

  2. Bayport and Barbours Cut terminals at the Port of Houston were closed for several days due to a positive COVID-19 case; both terminals returned to full operation last week.

  3. Both the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders are closed to all but essential travel by persons. Cargo is not restricted.

  4. As of March 19, approximately 30 CBP officers were in quarantine across all ports of entry. Due to a significant reduction in border traffic, flow to date has not been affected. Ports will continue to evaluate the situation daily and are ready to execute port-level contingency plans.

Members will be kept apprised of trade developments as they unfold.