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CBP Continues to Provide Guidance on Strengthening Supply Chains

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on supply chain processes worldwide, causing delays and disruptions. Recognizing the ongoing recovery efforts, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has taken steps to assist importers in their recovery process. CBP has implemented various regulations and special allowances to mitigate the adverse effects of the pandemic. As systems gradually return to normal, CBP continues to provide guidance on strengthening supply chains.

One notable initiative is the release of the Cyber Incident Guidance for Customs Brokers, which specifically emphasizes fortifying supply chains against cyber attacks and security breaches. CBP draws lessons from recent major supply chain disruptions to develop comprehensive guidance for exporters, considering the increasing complexity of global systems. The scarcity of personal protective equipment (PPE) and baby formula serve as prime examples that have motivated CBP's drive for enhanced guidance. Additionally, CBP's policies have significantly impacted supply chain issues at both micro and macro levels.

In conjunction with economic development endeavors like the CHIPS Act, it is evident that the U.S. government is dedicated to supporting businesses in building resilient supply chains with a strong U.S. presence. The country has experienced unique shortages in domestically produced goods, making these programs crucial at a time when trade systems appear more fragile. Disruptions in the supply of intermediary goods, such as microchips, have had far-reaching consequences across various industries, leading to shortages beyond the immediate impact on the final product's buying and selling. It is imperative for large businesses affected by such disruptions to closely follow the guidance provided by CBP and remain attentive to any forthcoming economic development measures in the following months.

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