LINCOLN, NEB. — When an aircraft is purchased internationally and brought into the U.S., one of the last steps is ensuring the aircraft meets all requirements for the U.S. Customs agency. The deregistration and reregistration process meets the FAA regulations, but does not necessarily meet the regulations of U.S. Customs. Duncan Aviation's Aircraft Sales team and its customers can now lean on the expertise of Duncan Aviation's International Compliance Officer Steve Rothanzl.
"It might seem to be a minor step, but making sure an aircraft is cleared through U.S. Customs can be a tedious and expensive task. A private aircraft enjoys many exemptions from importation regulations. However, when that aircraft is changing ownership, the aircraft itself is actually treated as cargo" Rothanzl says. "U.S. and other Customs agencies have the authority to levy large fines and penalties if proper procedures and paperwork are not followed. For this reason, it is vital that operators know and understand the proper Customs procedures."
Rothanzl is a long-time Duncan Aviation team member who started in 1997. For the last six years, he has been working to help customers and the company stay in compliance with all United States government policies regulating the import and export of all shipments and aircraft into and out of the United States, either destined for or leaving Duncan Aviation. He continuously studies the ever-changing and often vague government regulations and educates Duncan Aviation team members and customers on what is required to avoid delays, fines and duty fees.
U.S. Customs offices are located at specified airports of entry with the goal of verifying that no illegal items are being imported, all documents and paperwork are in order, and that any tax or duty is collected. All procedures must be followed by the aircraft operator and the required documents are needed. If an operator does not comply, a fine of $5,000 per violation may be assessed. In addition, Customs can and does seize airplanes for gross violations.
"To prevent issues from arising, operators should hire a Customs broker when bringing their aircraft through U.S. Customs," says Steve Gade, vice president of aircraft sales, marketing and new business development for Duncan Aviation. "With access to Steve Rothanzl's expertise, Duncan Aviation's aircraft sales customers will be able to successfully navigate the Customs regulations while avoiding a large part of that extra expense. It's just another added value for our clients."
Founded in 1956 as a business aircraft sales organization, Duncan Aviation has been locating, buying and selling business aircraft for customers worldwide for nearly 60 years. Operating in all kinds of market conditions, Duncan Aviation's aircraft sales consultants Bob McCammon, Rene Cardona, Doug Kvassay, Doug Roth, and market analyst Marc McKenzie, have the experience of more than 3,000 aircraft transactions to help them provide customers with the best acquistion and sales options to maximize their clients' aircraft investments. They are backed by the technical knowledge and expertise of Duncan Aviation's 2,100 team members, whose resources help the aircraft sales team make connections, value aircraft, determine future aircraft worth and truly understand the business aviation market.
Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services, and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah. We also have dozens of other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with regional support and the quickest response possible to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.
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