ARE U.S., FOREIGN CUSTOMS AGENCIES READY FOR Y2K?

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- In calculating the chances of a Y2K glitch getting in the way of a shipment of imported products, one place to start is with the ultimate international trade gatekeepers: the U.S. and foreign governments.The U.S. Customs Service cargo-processing computer, even when it's running, has importers on edge. It's prone to brownouts and long overdue for replacement. So how could it possibly

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- In calculating the chances of a Y2K glitch getting in the way of a shipment of imported products, one place to start is with the ultimate international trade gatekeepers: the U.S. and foreign governments.

The U.S. Customs Service cargo-processing computer, even when it's running, has importers on edge. It's prone to brownouts and long overdue for replacement. So how could it possibly be Y2K-prepared?

Customs officials say the computer is ready for the calen

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