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U.S. Government Shutdown – What Does This Mean For You?

U.S. Government Shutdown – What Does This Mean For You?

As you have seen in the news, the United States Government is currently on a so-called “Shutdown”. Here you’ll find important information about what this means for you:

Imports into the USA Imports into the USA

    • Due to the Shutdown, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only a small number of employees working on pre-approving imports into the U.S. It currently takes the EPA much longer to process these approvals, and U.S. Customs may reject your import at arrival if the approval letter is not ready.


    • Staff of the EPA’s Light Duty Vehicle Center are currently on forced leave. Exemption letters for racing vehicles will not be available until they are back in the office.


  • There may be delays on container examinations upon import due to the number of government workers on forced leave.

Exports out of the USA Exports out of the USA

    • Wait times for U.S. Customs export examinations are taking longer than usual.


  • Wait times for title clearance of vehicles exports have all been extended by 12 hours.
    The current (extended) wait times are below:

    • Houston, TX: 48 hours
    • Long Beach, CA: 36 hours
    • Miami, FL: 48 hours
    • New York, NY: 48 hours
    • Oakland, CA: 48 hours
  • Coding changes to the automated filing system of U.S. Customs are causing delays in export approvals. Because the coding changes have been put in place but have not been formally announced due to employees on forced leave, shipping companies, like CFR Classic, need to spend extra time to find out what the proper coding practices have changed to.


We thank you for your patience during this challenging time.

Rest assured, CFR Classic is working extra hard to make your shipping experience as smooth as possible despite these issues.

Joey has spent his entire teen and adult life in cars. Joey's father owned a Jeep store, and Joey had his own used car lot that he ran himself from age 22 until I was 30. At 30 years old, Joey got "out of" the car business and joined CFR Rinkens. Joey started when there were only 9 people at CFR, but the company grew to over 150 employees during his time there. When Joey started, CFR Rinkens was shipping about 40 vehicles per week from Los Angeles. Joey established locations in Houston, Miami, and New York and within the first year, CFR went to shipping 150 cars per week. Joey started as a customer service rep and later moved up to sales manager, operations manager, and marketing manager. Joey then moved to Europe for two years and spent the entire time traveling through Europe meeting with clients. In 2022, Joey and his partners purchased CFR Classic from CFR Rinkens and he returned to California to watch over the operation more closely.

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