Charters subject to customs fines

 - March 25, 2008, 6:12 AM

On February 18, U.S. Customs began issuing fines of up to $10,000 to Part 135 operators who do not electronically transmit a passenger and crew manifest to the agency in advance of arriving at a U.S. airport. Customs has provided an e-mail interface program to transmit the manifest and warned that e-mails that do not conform to this format will not be delivered. The National Air Transportation Association and NBAA said the e-mail program is long, arduous and not applicable to on-demand operators. The associations are working to develop a Web-based filing system for Part 135 operators. Until then, the associations are asking Customs to delay enforcement of the regulation or back off on the fines for Part 135 operators until a “reasonable means of compliance can be developed.”