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Is the Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling effecting your business?

October, 2013: If your company is based in the USA and you export the parts/products you manufacture to Mexico or Canada like we do, you will need the Schedule B Number for each item classification to complete a Certificate of Origin for every shipment. The Schedule B Number is also needed to import into the USA. But if you went to the government website for the codes, the website was not working. However if you went to update your registration as a government contractor to the S.A.M. portal it was working. Or if you went to log into the special website for government contractor invoicing; Wide Area Work Flow system, it was working too. Why is that?

Is our Congress working to help manufacturers?

Well it seems some departments of the U.S. government get more of an exception to the shutdown and some dont. Almost anything related to the Military, such as SAM and WAWF, is mostly exempt. Some other departments were reopened after Congress allocated money to grant them an exception too. Should all this worry you? Do you export? Do you manufacture components for the U.S. Miltary or other government agency? Does the U.S. Government owe you or your company money? Is payment for your invoice on hold? Is yes, then for how long? Perhaps, if you think about it, your manufacturing company relies on the US Government in many more ways than you may first realize. We have only discussed a few government agencies here. Maybe now is a good time for U.S. manufactures to call their Congressman and tell them our concerns.

A list of US Government agencies reported as being on partial shutdown that may effect some U.S. manufacturers:
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
American Battle Monuments Commission
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
Civilian military workers
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Corporation for National and Community Service
Department of Commerce
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of Transportation
Election Assistance Commission
Environmental Protection Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Executive Office of the President
Export-Import Bank of the United States
FDIC Office of Inspector General
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
Federal Trade Commission
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (Department of Treasury)
Financial Management Service
General Services Administration
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Inter-American Foundation
Internal Revenue Service
International Boundary and Water Commission
International Boundary Commission
International Joint Commission
National Archives and Records Administration
National Capital Planning Commission
National Council on Disability
National Gallery of Art
National Labor Relations Board
National Science Foundation
National Transportation Safety Board
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
Office of Government Ethics
Postal Regulatory Commission
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Small Business Administration
Smithsonian
Treasury -- departmental offices
Inspector General for Tax Administration (Department of the Treasury)
Office of Inspector General (Department of the Treasury)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Office of Special Council
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Udall Foundation
United States Access Board
United States African Development Foundation
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
U.S. Postal Service Inspector General
USDA - Departmental Management
USDA - Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA - Office of Budget and Program Analysis
USDA - Office of Communications
USDA - Office of Ethics
USDA - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
USDA - Office of the Chief Economist
USDA - Office of the General Counsel
USDA - Research, Education and Economics

Some might say that there is some good news because that the Internal Revenue Service is on the list of government agencies that are partially shutdown.

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