New Orleans CBP has issued a Blanket Delay in Departure for vessels unable to depart due to delays to navigation as a result of fog. The full Trade Notice is attached.

SUBJECT:  Blanket Delay in Departure Due to Fog

Blanket Delay in Departure: The CBP Area Port Director has approved a blanket 

Delay in Departure for those vessels unable to depart the lower Mississippi River due to River Closures associated with fog. The blanket Delay in Departure grants an additional 24 hours for vessels to depart port after clearance has been granted, i.e. allows a vessel up to 72 hours to sail after clearance. 

Example:  The delay in departure for a vessel’s clearance granted on Monday, February 4, 2019, allows until Thursday, February 7, 2019, for the vessel to depart. 

There is no requirement to have a Vessel Entrance and Clearance Specialist (VECS) stamp/annotate a vessel’s clearance “Delay in Departure” when a blanket Delay in Departure is authorized. If a vessel cannot depart within 72 hours, the original clearance should be surrendered to the Marine Desk which granted the clearance, and cancelled.  A fax copy of the clearance will not be accepted. A delay in departure does not provide additional time for filing complete outbound manifests and export declarations. 

Questions in the Port of New Orleans should be directed to Supervisor Frank Foster at(504) 670-2057 or via e-mail at  

Mark S. Choina

Mark S. Choina
Port Director, ActingPort of New Orleans
New Orleans Field Office
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(504) 670-2287  Office