This won’t affect your trip this week but here is something else brought to you by the same folks that gave us “take off your shoes and throw away your shampoo.” (from Universal Weather)
DHS Announces Updated APIS Rules for Part 91 Operators
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced additional measures to strengthen private aircraft security. New Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) submission requirements for Part 91 operators will require more detailed information on arriving and departing aircraft, as well as information about persons on board.
These new requirements are published in the Federal Register dated December 18, 2008; operators have until May 19, 2009 to become fully compliant.
Answers to many of your questions regarding the regulatory change are below. For more information, contact your Universal Team.
When do the new rules take effect?
The rules are published in the Federal Register dated December 18, 2008; operators have until May 19, 2009 to become fully compliant.
Who is affected?
All Part 91 operators will now be required to submit APIS manifests for ALL flights arriving into, or departing from, the United States. Previously, charter and commercial operators had these requirements only in the U.S. and in CARICOM countries.
What is my Part 91 operation required to do?
* Submit electronic manifest data for all people traveling on board your aircraft
* Submission due one hour prior to departure or arrival into/out of the U.S.
* Data must be filed through the Electronic Advanced Passenger Information System (eAPIS) or an approved alternate system. Universal's in-house transmission system has been tested and approved by both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current APIS requirements:
o Advance notice of arrival information
o Advance notice of departure information
o Aircraft identification information, including color scheme and decal number
o Complete passenger and crew manifest
o Operator information to include name and address
What are my options for submitting APIS transmissions?
* CBP's eAPIS transmission service
o Online access
o Manual entry - must key in data for every trip
* Universal APIS services
o Complete turn-key service
o Secure proprietary system programmed for APIS compliance
* Another approved third-party transmitter
What types of fines or penalties could I face if my operation does not comply with the new APIS rules?
Fines and penalties for non-compliance with the new APIS requirements will be substantial. Depending on the type of violation, the CBP fines for APIS non-compliance will likely begin at $5,000.00.