SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notified Monday that all ports within the San Juan Area Port are currently open for business and fully operational both for passenger processing and international trade.
Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma last week, operations within the CBP San Juan Field Office were temporarily affected in both Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
The San Juan Area Port includes the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, the San Juan Seaport, and the Ponce, Mayaguez and Fajardo ports of entry.
The commercial trade community in Puerto Rico was notified that due to the emergency local closure days were granted to all who filed entries last week, therefore, extending an additional day without liquidated damages for any entry summaries and payments due from September 5 through September 9, 2017.
In the US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas and St. John ports of entry sustained severe damage and had been closed since September 5, 2017. Although the ports are not operating normally, those involved in trade should note that the ports of St. Thomas and St. John are receiving cargo via their ports of entry.
All ports in Saint Croix are also fully operational for air and sea processing of passenger and cargo. This includes Christiansted, Frederiksted and the Preclearance.
For the benefit of the trade community, the established procedure to release cargo is to submit the invoice, bill, manifest and any supporting documentation to AAPD Marcia Murrel via email. This information is needed ahead of time so arrangements can be made to release the cargo. They will later work with the Business Services to submit the CBPF-7501.
At this time there is no diversion of merchandise to another port but documentation is needed as early as possible via email. The email to submit any release of merchandise is MARCIA.MURRELL@CBP.DHS.GOV .
Updated information will be distributed as it becomes available.
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