Impact of Government Shut Down on Shipping

October 2, 2013 | By Shelley Callahan

Dear Clients,

As a result of the government shutdown, you may experience delays in the importation of products from other countries.  Customs and Border Patrol will prioritize security of all kinds over speedy freight flows, so there is potential for longer delays at truck crossings along the northern and southern border. The biggest concern is for ancillary agencies that need to sign off on clearances like USDA, Forest Service, etc. How those agencies prioritize staff is a big question. Being flexible and monitoring crossings will be crucial to gauge any impacts.

Air and Ocean Imports

Air and ocean imports will have the same types of potential delays as truckload crossings; however, the ancillary agencies often play a bigger role at ports and airports. There is another round of sequestration cuts coming in October on top of the current shutdown, which means we may actually see wait times rise regardless of a shutdown or not. Again, flexibility is essential here because consistency may be the biggest threat of both a shutdown and further sequestration.

Relevant Ancillary Agencies affected:





Cryoport will be monitoring the situation on a daily basis.  If you have any questions regarding your shipment, contact our knowledgeable staff at +949 470-2300, or email  Our Customer Service team is available 24/7.

Thank you for trusting Cryoport for your shipments.

Bret Bollinger
VP of Operations

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