Published on May 23rd, 2019 | by Alan Dwyer0
US CBP to Extend US Pre-clearance Service at Shannon Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it will introduce an out-of-hour’s pre-clearance service at Shannon Airport beginning the on June 1st. Clint Lamm, Director Pre-clearance said: “The Pre-clearance Field Office continues to look for new and innovative ways to provide a secure and efficient trans border process for our closest international partners. There have been requests for CBP to provide enhanced services for business travellers and private aircraft, so we are very pleased that our longstanding relationship with Shannon Airport will once again allow us to deliver.” Welcoming the initiative, Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport, said: “This is a very welcome development as it will allow us to extend our US Pre-clearance service for both our commercial and in particular our business aviation operators. Currently US Pre-clearance in Shannon Airport operates from 09:00am to 17:00 daily, but with the new agreement we will now be able to extend these hours and offer an out of hours service to our customers when required.” The extended hours of operation will be available from the 1st of June 2019 and will initially be between the hours of 08:00 to 09:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00 locally.
Also speaking at the announcement of the increased service at Shannon was Sarah Wolf, Sr. Manager, Security and Facilitation, NBAA.“We are very pleased to see the additional hours added to Shannon Airport Pre-clearance to help facilitate our member’s needs when returning to the U.S. Business aircraft provide companies with the flexibility to set their own schedules and this additional capability at Shannon allows a full business day in Europe before returning home. Pre-clearing in Shannon also improves efficiency by limiting additional stops after a long oceanic flight back to the U.S,”
Shannon Airport was the first airport in Europe to offer U.S. pre-clearance services for commercial carriers, initiated in 1986, and subsequently the first in the world to offer full pre-clearance for private aircraft since 2010. Today, Shannon remains the only airport in North America, Europe and the Middle East providing this unique service. “Since pre-clearance for business aviation was first introduced here we have worked closely with both CBP and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) on process improvements and operational efficiencies. We now have an excellent pre-clearance service which means considerable time savings for our business customers and allows them to plan more efficient and cost effective US routing,” said Mr. Murphy