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.

  • SAFA Inspections

    SAFA Inspections

    Information about Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) ramp inspections in European Civil Aviation Conference member states.

  • FCPA Compliance

    FCPA Compliance

    Information about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and how to ensure your operation remains in compliance with this potentially costly regulation.

  • 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.


Customs Opens New Facility at Boca Raton Airport
June 19, 2018
Business aircraft operators returning to the U.S. from foreign locations now have a new option for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing in South Florida. A 4,400 square foot stand-alone CBP facility recently opened at Boca Raton Airport. Pilots flying into BCT from an international location should taxi directly to the CBP facility, located between Taxiways P6 and P7. Learn more.
NBAA Welcomes Newly Confirmed Customs and Border Protection Leader
March 21, 2018
NBAA welcomes the confirmation of Kevin McAleenan as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “Kevin McAleenan brings the right skillset to the job as head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His experience as area port director of Los Angeles International Airport ensures that he understands the needs of the aviation industry, including business aviation.” Read more about McAleenan.
New GA CBP Facility at San Antonio Airport a Win for Business Aviation
July 7, 2017
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, along with the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and FBO SkyPlace, recently opened a customs clearing facility dedicated to general aviation. The initiative to improve clearing options for general aviation gained steam when local business aviation operators made officials aware of safety challenges with the previous arrangement, in which general aviation cleared in the same facility as commercial airlines. Learn more.
CBP, TSA Violations Bring Higher Penalties
July 6, 2016
Business aviation operators will face higher civil penalties from Department of Homeland Security agencies for regulatory violations, after the department recently amended a rule to adjust civil monetary penalties for inflation. The adjustment is allowed under the new Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015. Learn more about the penalty increases.
New Customs Facility in Florida Keys Services Flights from the Caribbean, Cuba
May 2, 2016
A new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport (MTH) is one more sign of the increasing excitement being generated among operators over the eventual opening of Cuba to business aviation flights. Learn more about the new CBP facility.
Expanded Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Customs Facility an Asset to Business Aviation
March 4, 2015
Business aircraft operators and passengers arriving in South Florida from overseas will benefit from more convenient and efficient processing at the recently renovated Customs and Border Protection facility at Sheltair Aviation's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) location. In considering the changes at Sheltair, Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager of security and facilitation, noted: "NBAA's Security Council partners with customs officials and airport authorities to increase the efficiency in processing international business aircraft flights, while ensuring high levels of security. Those association priorities are reflected in the changes at this facility." Learn more.
Reimbursable Services Program May Facilitate After-Hours Customs Inspections
Jan. 22, 2015
As more business aircraft operators travel to and from foreign countries, finding ports that can accommodate after-hours arrivals is more of a challenge. But the Reimbursable Services Program (RSP), started by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2014, offers a growing number of ports an opportunity to help fund inspections, and applications to join the program are being accepted Feb. 1 to 29. “There is work involved, but it’s a great opportunity for operators at some airports that are having problems with after-hours CBP clearance,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs. Learn more about RSP.
New NBAA Resource Prepares Operators for Local Port of Entry Requirements
Dec. 30, 2015
NBAA’s Domestic Operations Committee has created a Customs Checklists resource to assist business aircraft operators in meeting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirements at U.S. ports of entry. "Maintaining the currency of a document with the procedures at individual ports of entry would be impossible, so the checklist was created to assist members in making sure that they have considered the required customs-related items before they depart the United States," said Ron Bojanski, CAM, Canadian operations manager at Midwest Aviation/Kiewit Engineering, who led the project. Learn more about NBAA's Customs Checklists.
NBAA Represents Business Aviation Interests in New CBP Working Group
Oct. 25, 2015
NBAA recently participated in the kickoff meeting of a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) working group that focuses on general aviation. NBAA was represented by Senior Manager of Security and Facilitation Sarah Wolf, as well as representatives from several Member Companies, who provided feedback from the front lines on how industry and CBP can increase collaboration. "CBP is clearly committed to working with industry on an ongoing basis and wants to hear directly from operators on the issues that are most important to them," Wolf said. Read more about the CBP working group.
Fort Lauderdale Executive's New Customs Facility an Asset to Business Aviation
Oct. 9, 2015
Business aircraft operators returning to the U.S. from foreign locations will benefit from a new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing facility and expanded hours at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). The stand-alone CBP facility opened earlier this month, and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. "The new facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport will increase flexibility for operators by enabling additional processing of business aircraft and passengers," said Greg Voos, NBAA's Southeast regional representative. Learn more about the new CBP facility at FXE.
Add U.S. Passport Pages Soon or Risk Losing Visas
Oct. 1, 2015
After Dec. 18, the U.S. Department of State will no longer accept applications to add passport pages. Beginning in 2016, you can only be issued a new passport when your pages are full of visa and entry/exit stamps – and some countries will not honor their visa if it is in an old, cancelled passport. The use of still-current visas with old passports varies by country. For example, “if you just got a one-year or three-year Russia visa, and you get a new passport, you’re out of luck. You have to get a new Russia visa,” explained Janet Vrasic, director of corporate relations for G3 Global Services, which provides customized visa and passport support. And In Brazil, China and Suriname, longer-duration visas remain valid, but both the old and new passport must be carried together. Learn more about coming passport and visa requirements.
Global Entry Interviews Offered at NBAA2015
Sept. 8, 2015
International business travelers seeking simplified entry into the United States will again have the opportunity to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at NBAA2015 as part of a required interview for enrollment in CBP's Global Entry program. This is the agency's third year of partnering with NBAA to offer this service. Global Entry allows expedited clearance processing into the U.S. for pre-approved, low-risk travelers using automated kiosks available at nearly 60 locations. "Global Entry is one program proven to increase efficiency for both the agency and international travelers," said Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager of security and facilitation. "We are pleased CBP will participate in NBAA2015 to encourage enrollment in this successful program." Learn more about Global Entry interviews at NBAA2015.
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.