Customs and Regulatory Issues

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  • Customs Information

    Customs Information

    Information about United States and Canadian Customs including Customs Bond information, user fees for international arrivals to the United States, select Customs forms, and links to Canada's CANPASS Private and Corporate Air Program.

  • Cabotage Information

    Cabotage Information

    Information regarding worldwide cabotage restrictions as well as importation of aircraft into the European Union.

  • APIS

    Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)

    Background information on APIS and the NBAA/ARINC Direct APIS Transmission Service.

  • FCC Radio Licensing

    FCC Radio Licensing

    Information on the requirements for an aircraft radio station license and restricted radiotelephone operator permit when flying internationally.

News

Establishment of New Ohio Customs Facility Was a Team Effort
Aug. 13, 2015
Business aircraft operators returning to the U.S. from foreign locations now have a new option for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing in central Ohio: a general aviation CBP processing facility opened at Lane Aviation at Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, OH. "This facility is an investment in creating greater business aviation access, which we know leads to a greater [positive] economic impact for the surrounding region," said NBAA Vice President of Regulatory and International Affairs Doug Carr. "Business aviation is a productivity multiplier. Where business aviation goes, investment and economic development follow.” Read more about the new CBP facility in Columbus, OH.
Customs and Border Protection to Form Business Aviation Working Group
Aug. 6, 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske recently said that his agency would organize a working group to focus on issues specific to general aviation, including business aviation, and that part of the group's work would center on expedited general aviation arrivals into the U.S. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently met with Kerlikowske to discuss past successes the Association and agency have enjoyed by working together. "We also identified further opportunities for collaboration, with a goal of simplifying business aviation procedures while maintaining an equivalent level of safety and security," he said. Read more about CBP initiatives related to business aviation.
New eAPIS User Guide Includes Information From NBAA
Feb. 6, 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has updated the Private Air APIS Guide, along with its related airports and service providers lists. New to the guide is a frequently asked questions section created directly from input provided by NBAA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association, according to Sarah Wolf, NBAA’s senior manager of security and facilitation. This section includes a pragmatic discussion of recurring issues brought to CBP’s attention by users of the electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS). The guide also includes enhanced explanations for how to handle passengers with more than one form of identification, as well as bringing in passengers who lack identification. Additionally, it includes a chapter on how CBP determines and administers punishment for aircrews that do not comply with its regulations. Read more about the new CBP guide.
Archived NBAA Webinar Offers Latest Information on International APIS Requirements
Dec. 10, 2014
NBAA recently hosted a free webinar on the expanding requirements in some countries that require Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) submissions. The webinar, sponsored by Jeppesen and presented by Kate York, a regulatory, compliance and training specialist in Jeppesen's International Trip Planning department, is now archived on NBAA's website for Members to review free-of-charge. "APIS submissions are currently required by many countries, including the United States, Mexico, some CARICOM [Caribbean] states, the Dominican Republic (for charter) and India," said York. "It's important to keep up with the current mandates from each country. This webinar helps operators and pilots ensure compliance with changing APIS requirements." Read more about the APIS webinar and view it for free.
Upcoming Free Webinar Provides Update on Expanding International APIS Requirements
Nov. 7, 2014
NBAA is hosting a free one-hour webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. (EST) to present the expanding requirements of the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) submission mandates for international business aviation operations. The Jeppesen-sponsored webinar will be presented by Kate York, a regulatory, compliance and training specialist in Jeppesen's international trip planning department. "APIS requirements are becoming more prolific worldwide for both charter and private flights," said Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager of security and facilitation. "Keeping up with the ever-changing international business aviation environment can be challenging, and countries frequently implement new APIS submission mandates or revise existing requirements." Register for the APIS webinar.
SDC2014 to Offer Global Entry Program Interviews With Customs and Border Protection
Dec. 12, 2013
American business travelers seeking simplified entry back into the United States will have the opportunity to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at this year's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014), to become enrolled in CBP's "Global Entry" program. Global Entry allows expedited clearance processing into the U.S. for pre-approved, low-risk travelers using automated kiosks available at 34 U.S. airports, eight pre-clearance airports in Canada, and two pre-clearance sites in Ireland. Interviews will take place Jan. 15 and 16. Learn more.
Strong Demand Leads CBP to Extend Global Entry Interviews at NBAA2013
October 3, 2013
At NBAA's request, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has added a third day to its schedule for interviewing Global Entry program applicants at the Association's 2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013), Oct. 22 to 24 in Las Vegas, NV. Upon arrival into the country, a participating traveler walks up to a Global Entry kiosk, presents a machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, has his fingertips read and completes a customs declaration. Those participating in the popular program are automatically enrolled in the domestic Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Pre-Check program, which provides expedited screening benefits at certain TSA locations. Learn more about the Global Entry program.
Global Entry Program Expands, NBAA Offers Opportunity to Participate
August 19, 2013
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced an expansion of the Global Entry program. Participation in the program was originally limited to U.S. citizens, nationals and lawful permanent residents, as well as Mexican nationals and certain eligible citizens of the Netherlands. Now certain citizens of Germany, South Korea, Qatar and the United Kingdom also will be eligible to participate in Global Entry, which is an international trusted traveler program that allows pre-approved, low-risk individuals expedited entry into the U.S. using Global Entry kiosks. NBAA is providing attendees of its annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas an opportunity to complete the required CBP interview during the show. Learn more about the Global Entry program.
Compliance Date Extended for Language Proficiency Endorsement
March 3, 2008
The compliance date for U.S. airman certificate holders to satisfy International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) language proficiency requirements has been extended until March 5, 2009. ICAO Annex 1 (Personnel Licensing) standards require all airplane and helicopter private, commercial, or airline transport pilots as well as flight engineers and flight navigators operating internationally as required crewmembers to hold an airman certificate with a language proficiency endorsement. Learn more about this requirement.