New Customs APIS Web Site Now Available

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Working to streamline its processing of business aviation and charter passengers, the U.S. Customs Service has developed a Web page dedicated to the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). While it is currently only informational in nature, this page has documentation for UN Electronic Data Interchange for Administration Commercial Trade (EDIFACT) implementation, US EDIFACT issues, as well as links to laws, regulations, fact sheets and search functions. A Customs-developed Web-based APIS submission service, -- eAPIS -- is currently under development. However, business aviation operators can use NBAA's APIS submission service, which has been available for Part 135 operators since May 2002. Developed as an interim solution, NBAA's free Web-based APIS service has transmitted over 46,000 trips to date.