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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

National Agriculture Release Program (NARP)

On January 8, 2007 U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented the National Agriculture Release Program.  NARP provides a methodology for evaluating high-volume agriculture imports that are low-risk for the introduction of plant pests and plant diseases into the United States.

NARP began prior to the creation of CBP as the Border Cargo Release (BCR) program on the southern border.  BCR expedited the entry of high-volume, low-risk commodities entering from Mexico.  NARP expands the BCR program to include some agricultural commodities from Mexico as well as other foreign countries.

To be eligible for NARP, commercial shipments in the same inspectional unit (e.g., container, truck, or vessel compartment) must contain a single commodity or a mix of commodities on the approved list for NARP.  These commodities may be inspected at reduced rates.

Commercial shipments of fresh, frozen, processed and semi-processed fruits and vegetables from specific countries may be eligible for NARP.  Provisions for animal products are not included in the program.

Approval to include an agricultural commodity in NARP is determined by the commodity and its country of origin and is applied at ports nationwide.

Questions or comments may be directed to Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison, Trade Facilitation and Pest Exclusion Section at (202)-344-3298.


Last modified: 
April 7, 2016