DHS Finalizes e-APIS Rule

 - December 1, 2008, 4:29 AM

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on November 18 issued a final rule for plans to move forward with implementation of its proposed Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (e-APIS), which requires general aviation pilots to file passenger names and other information to government officials before crossing a U.S. border. While the final rule becomes effective December 18, private aircraft pilots or their designees will not have to comply with the rules’ requirements until May 18. Specifically, the final rule requires electronic submission to U.S. Customs of passenger manifest information for each individual traveling on board an aircraft arriving in the U.S. from another country or vice versa. Under this rule, Customs must receive the data no later than 60 minutes before the aircraft departs.