01 October 2013 20:25 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The federal government shutdown has not affected operations yet at the ports of Houston and Galveston, a shipowners group said on Tuesday.
The White House on Tuesday issued orders to federal departments and agencies to begin a partial shutdown of operations after a late-night session of Congress failed to find common ground on funding the government.
In Houston, the West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) issued a statement saying that it had been notified by port managements and local officials at US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) that business was proceeding as usual.
WGMA said it was told by port and customs officials that there are no plans to curtail or reduce operations or services at the local level.
“Local area staffing and standard hours of operations will be maintained as usual,” the statement added.
WGMA said it would provide updates on any USCBP changes.
Calls to the Ports of Houston and Galveston were not returned immediately.
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