NEW YORK Some
U.S. government agencies important to the domestic metal
markets have already been impacted by the Oct. 1 government
shutdown following a budget impasse in Congress.
Commerce has delayed
all administrative deadlines related to U.S. anti-dumping and
countervailing duty laws for the duration of the shutdown,
including preliminary and final determinations, according to
Steel import license
data will be temporarily suspended online, although license and
customs paperwork will need to be filed for incoming
Customs was expected
to retain 52,673 of its 59,561 employees in the event of a
government shutdown and cease all functions not exempt from the
federal spending hiatus within four hours of notification, the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Sept. 27.
A representative from
Customs who wasnt authorized to give official comment
confirmed that Customs employees are being furloughed.
still operational work being carried out by our staff," the
A spokesman for DLA
Strategic Materials said the government agency hasnt been
affected by the shutdown.
"The way this
organization is funded, we are exempt from the current funding
impasse," he said. "So were planning on operating, and if
theres a change well notify people. But anyone who
has made purchases can still expect to get their
Trade Commission (ITC)
The ITC will shut down
its investigative activities for the duration of the finding
hiatus, including anti-dumping and countervailing duty
investigations and reviews. Hearings and deadlines, like the
hearing on hot-rolled steel five-year reviews scheduled for
Oct. 3, will be postponed unless a budget is passed in the next
couple of days.
The Port of Houston
Authority wont be affected as a state entity, with
business running as usual, a port official said.
Shipping will continue
at Alabama ports, Alabama State Port Authority vice president
of marketing Judith Adams said, and dredging, inland locks and
dams, power generation, vessel borders and marine safety will
and Catherine Ngai, New York, contributed to this