Brazil Customs To Auction Seized Aircraft

 - October 31, 2013, 3:30 PM

Brazilian tax authorities will auction a Challenger 300 and a Falcon 900 seized last June, supposedly imported by Brazilians without payment of customs duties, on November 25. The 17-month seizure-to-auction cycle is rapid for Brazil, which is working to clear Viracopos Airport of aircraft that deteriorated to scrap while the courts debated their fate.

The auction listing describes the jets in only a single line each and includes photos. Several paragraphs describe the documents that bidders must submit. In addition, the site warns that unspecified additional Brazilian ICMS value-added taxes are due.

The minimum bid for the 2009 Challenger, U.S. registration N290CL and S/N 20290, is R$29 million ($12.85 million at the current rate). The opening bid for the 1987 Falcon, N900CZ and S/N14, is R$11 million ($5.05 million).

Inspection of the aircraft at Viracopos Airport in Campinas can be arranged through November 21 at +55 (19) 3725-6866. When AIN asked about post-seizure maintenance, the Customs official at Viracopos who arranges viewings said, “Come and take a look; the logbook is on the copilot’s seat.”

Proposals must be submitted by November 22.