Blog Post
By Sunu M. Pillai

During President Obama’s final days in office, the US Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) sought to modify several of its Ruling Letters dating back to 1976. These modifications would have meant that many of the components used in domestic offshore oil and gas construction would have been required to be carried on US flagged and crewed vessels, thus providing a stimulus to the shipbuilding industry in the United States. Those aspirations were sunk by the Trump Administration on May 10, 2017, when the CBP reversed course and withdrew the proposed modifications.