The threat of a partial government shutdown still looms as we enter the new year. The Democratic-run Senate and Republican-controlled House of Representatives face a Jan. 19 deadline to make a funding deal that would prevent a partial shutdown unless a last-minute deal is reached. Government services that are deemed “essential” will remain open, others will be closed. The majority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staffing at ports of entry are deemed essential and will therefore continue their normal operations with some delays. See AAEI’s chart of 2024 Government Shutdown Agency Information for highlights and links.