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CBP guidance for exports affected by Hurricane Irma

CBP guidance for exports affected by Hurricane Irma

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today issued guidance with respect to export shipments affected by Hurricane Irma.


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CBP’s guidance—CSMS #17-000555 (September 11, 2017)—explains:


  • Exporters that are able to divert their export cargo are encouraged to do so.
  • Exporters or their filing agents need to make every effort to correct and update the Electronic Export Information (EEI) filings within the Automated Export System (AES) to reflect the new ports of export, the date of export, and the new carrier information. 
  • Before amending the EEI, the exporter, freight forwarder or the authorized filing agent must attempt, if possible, to determine if any of the cargo has been damaged. Exporters will need to make the business decision, if any of the cargo has been damaged, to amend the EEI filing or to cancel the shipment and the EEI filing. 
  • If adjustments are made to the quantities or values of the cargo being exported under an export license or license exemption/exception, the exporter or the authorized filing agent must first attempt to amend the EEI filing to reflect the corrected information for the shipment. If the amendment is not successful, CBP is to be contacted.


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

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

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