WASHINGTON (4/27/17)--While weeklong media headlines have forecast a government shutdown by midnight tomorrow, it appears the House and Senate Appropriations committees have endorsed the idea of a short-term spending bill to keep the government open while budget negotiations continue. The stopgap measure delays a possible shutdown until Friday, May 5.

 

The bill must pass both chambers by midnight tomorrow (April 28) to avoid the shutdown. The potential progress comes as the new administration has threatened to derail negotiations with last-minute demands. The border wall and health care spending have been two sticking points for congressional and White House negotiators during the past several weeks of discussions to avert a shutdown.

 

The bill to stall a government shutdown until May 5 was introduced late yesterday (April 26) after it became increasingly clear that Congress would not be able to pass a bill this week to fund the government through Sept. 30. Congressional leaders and the White House want to avoid a politically unpopular shutdown, which would close national parks and monuments, furlough thousands of federal employees and delay Americans' tax refunds.

 

Risk management.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) use these two words to identify imports representing the greatest risk of noncompliance so that manufacturers can focus resources in those areas.

To those in global trade, risk management can be two words that spell trouble—or opportunity.

If left unchecked, risk can become pervasive when data is not retained, analyzed or tracked correctly. Failure to retain documents, using the incorrect Country of Origin or HS Classification can be a red flag to U.S. CBP that could lead to a Focused Assessment.

Today US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the January 14, 2017 deployment of post release capabilities in ACE will be postponed.