March 2nd, 2013
Dear Trade and Travel Industry Colleagues:
As a result of the budget sequestration which went into effect on March 1, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is writing to provide you with information on how these budget cuts are likely to affect our operations, and to enable you to make plans to minimize their impact on your businesses and the public. Under the automatic sequestration cuts, CBP will be required to reduce its expenditures significantly for the remainder of FY 2013.
For CBP Field Operations, these sequestration cuts, which include furloughs, reductions in overtime and a hiring freeze, would equate to the loss of up to several thousand CBP officers at our ports of entry, in addition to significant cuts to our operating budgets and programs. We are committed to working with you to manage the impact that these automatic cuts will have on our mission and on your industries.(Continued)
As a result of sequestration, CBP director David Aguilar published the above message to outline their plan for adjustments driven by the reduction in appropriations. As you can see by the announcement, CBP is making every effort to minimize disruption to both cargo and passenger activity.