StandardAero announced that its components business in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been designated a foreign trade zone. FTZs are sites approved by the Foreign Trade Zone Board where imported goods can be stored or processed with duty-free treatment on items that are re-exported or where duty payment can be deferred.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency expanded the pre-clearance program that allows business aircraft passengers and crew to complete immigration and customs procedures in Shannon, Ireland, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. It is now available to aircraft operated under Part 135, rather than just Part 91, and the facility’s hours have been expanded to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Ocean Sky FBO at London Luton Airport offers customs and immigration clearance, thanks to a UK Border and Immigration Agency agreement to provide dedicated staff at the FBO. “We are delighted by our arrangement with the Border and Immigration Agency,” said Ocean Sky chief executive Stephen Grimes, “which is already working extremely well. This is great news for Ocean Sky and for our clients.
The World Customs Organization has given Lufthansa Technik authorized economic operator (AEO) status based upon the company’s established customs procedures and security regulations.
The UK government is considering a demand from the European Commission (EC) that it change its tax legislation to remove an exemption from value added tax (VAT) for privately operated aircraft weighing more than 8,000 kg (17,636 pounds). On June 25 the EC “formally requested” through a so-called “reasoned opinion” that Britain bring its VAT rules into line with those of the 27-state European Union.
Since January, pilots flying to airports in Southern California have been able to obtain overflight permits and fly directly to destinations like McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, instead of making an expensive stop at a border airport-of-entry then flying to the destination.
German customs authorities have awarded Lufthansa Technik Logistik authorized economic operator (AEO) status in recognition of the company’s adherence to comprehensive security and safety guidelines laid down by the European Union.
The CanPass general aviation border-crossing program resumes on April 2 at 176 airports in Canada. The program, which allows pre-screened travelers to clear customs quickly, was suspended immediately after September 11. The restored program will be available only for flights from the U.S. For more information, visit the Canada Customs Web site at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/.
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.
Starting last month, operators clearing customs at so-called “user fee” airports began to see as much as a 10-percent increase in clearance charges. The increases are based on an increase in the flat fees charged to the airports by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. There are approximately 40 user-fee airports, so called because they don’t qualify as international or landing-rights facilities due to insufficient traffic volume.
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