U.S. Government Shutdown/Impact on Licensing

A note to our clients:

Unfortunately, due to the U.S. government partial shutdown all export compliance filings with the Department of Commerce, Department of State and Treasury Department are  on hold and frozen (with the exception of urgent cases for direct needs by the U.S. military or humanitarian assistance). The official announcement from the BIS/SNAP-R filing site reads as follows:

Due to the lapse in funding affecting the Department of Commerce that occurred at 12:01 AM EST on Saturday, December 22, 2018, services at BIS are significantly curtailed, including requests for licenses, advisory opinions, and commodity classification except those that provide direct support to the U.S. military, humanitarian aid, or other similar emergencies. Requests pending with BIS as of December 21, 2018, will remain in that status. Additional processing of those requests is suspended until after restoration of funding. SNAP-R is not accepting electronic submissions for the duration of the lapse in funding.” If industry applicants believe they have a case (either “In-Review” or new submission required) involving direct support to the military, humanitarian aid, or other similar emergencies, please send an email to BISUrgentRequest@bis.doc.gov.
The subject line of your email MUST read “Request for Emergency License” and the message must include the license number (if already pending with BIS) the applicant name and customer identification number (CIN), the end-use/end-user, justification for needing an emergency license, and a point of contact.”

TSI Global Consulting will continue to accept licensing cases and go through the process of working with clients on transaction related information gathering to ensure “ready-to-file” status, but due to the filing system being offline, no final drafting and/or filing of applications can occur until the government is re-open. We will continue to monitor the situation and advise you (our clients) as developments arise. TSI Global Consulting is open and ready to assist with your non-filing related export compliance advisory assistance and we will be ready to get back to work with filings immediately upon reopening of the U.S. government.

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