HURRICANE SANDY INTERIM PROCESSES FOR NEW YORK AND NEWARK RELATED CARGO
Update: This document has been updated to include Brokers as part of the group who will not receive penalties due to diverted cargo.
Due to the continued interruption of cargo and release services in the Ports of Newark and New York as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the following interim measures have been instituted to facilitate the release of cargo:
Vessels that have current manifest and entries filed for the Ports of New York and Newark will leave their data as is and not re-file at the diversion Port of Entry. Vessels that have manifests re-filed for the diversion Ports of Entry with all entries still filed at New York and Newark will again re-file their manifest back to the Ports of New York and Newark. All future vessels without entry and manifest data filed will be required to file at the actual port of arrival. Carriers may not see a release message electronically releasing the cargo and may accept stamped “delivery authorized” paperwork from CBP at the Port of Arrival if they would like a paper copy of the documentation. Carriers, Importers, and Brokers will not incur penalties for diverting cargo without changing the manifest and entry data electronically. Also, Carriers and Importers will not incur penalties for removing containers from the yard for delivery without having an electronic release message.
Please Note: All vessels that have already diverted to another Port of Entry from the New York and Newark region and have manifests arrived by CBP should not alter their manifest at this time. These vessels will not receive electronic release notification and will be required to utilize the stamped “delivery authorized” paperwork to remove the container from the yard.
Because electronic systems will show the Port of Arrival as New York or Newark respectively, each vessel will be required to report the intended arrival telephonically to the diversion port. The phone number for each diversion port is as follows:
- Port of Boston (Port Code 0401) – 617-443-4134 ext. 100 (Port open regular business hours Monday through Friday 7am – 8pm)
- Port of Philadelphia (Port Code 1101) – 215-717-5950 or 215-717-5951
- Port of Baltimore (Port Code 1303) – 24 hour number 443-224-3642
- Port of Norfolk (Port Code 1401) – 24 hour number 757-533-4218
- Port of Charleston (Port Code 1601) – 24 hour number 843-579-6513
- Port of Savannah (Port Code 1703) – 24 hour number 912-232-7507
Due to the continued interruption of services in the New York/ New Jersey area as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the following interim measures have been instituted to facilitate the submission of entry summary documents and associated payments until the normal business operations can be resumed:
ENTRY SUMMARY AND COLLECTIONS
Filers that are able to submit their entry summary and payment via ABI/ACH should resume normal processing.
Filers that are unable to submit their entry summary and payment via check or ABI/ACH have the following options for submission:
1. Importers and filers may use FedWire to transmit monies owed directly to the Office of Administration, Revenue Division (OA/RD) for processing. Entry summaries should not be sent to OA/RD, but submitted to the appropriate port.
Fedwire payments should include the purpose of the payment on the Originator to Beneficiary Information – line 2 on the attached form. Supporting documentation should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. For shipments released in the Ports of Newark, New York, and JFK, the importer or filer may submit the payment directly to the Port of Newark or JFK or to the OA/RD for processing. Entry summaries should be submitted to the appropriate port.
For payments submitted directly to the OA/RD, checks along with supporting documentation (such as entry number, bill number, case number, etc.) for the payment can be sent to:
Customs and Border Protection
PO Box 68907
Indianapolis, IN 46268-0907
For overnight delivery:
Customs and Border Protection
6650 Telecom Drive, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Filers that will be temporarily conducting business in Norfolk, Baltimore, or Philadelphia, and that are not currently permitted in that port, may obtain a temporary local permit by contacting the Broker Management Officer at the port. The required fee will be waived.