During the recent U.S. government shutdown, businesses in the chemical, defense and other industries saw delays as they tried to ship or import products that require licenses or inspections from short-staffed federal agencies. In this Law360 article, Klint Alexander comments on the shutdown's impact on the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security.
According to Mr. Alexander, the issues at BIS are notable because many of the potential delays affect goods made by companies in the high technology sector, one area where the U.S. has a competitive leg-up over many other countries. The disruptions, Mr. Alexander said, "really go to America's comparative advantage."
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