October 8, 2013

THERE'S SOMETHING USEFUL CONGRESS COULD DO IN THE INTERIM...:

Federal Shutdown Starts to Crimp Trade : Importers, Exporters Can't Get Approval to Ship Computer Gear, Lumber, Steel (BETSY MORRIS  , DON CLARK  and MIKE ESTERL, 10/08/13, WSJ)

The US government's partial shutdown is beginning to gum up trade.

All pesticide imports to the US have been halted, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which must approve them but has had more than 90% of its staff furloughed. Some US technology companies can't fill overseas orders because they cannot obtain US Department of Commerce authorization to export. Steel imports are stranded at customs-clearance warehouses awaiting paperwork.

"It's a mess," said Marianne Rowden, president of the American Association of Exporters and Importers.

More than 40 government agencies, including the EPA, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce, are involved in trade shipments, said Ms. Rowden. Fourteen agencies have "release and hold" authority that trumps clearance from US Customs and Border Patrol, she said.

...permanently waive all such authorizations and disband the 40 agencies.

Posted by at October 8, 2013 4:35 AM
  

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