This is OPMAS
This is what you get
At OPMAS, we have dealt with aircraft importations for more than two decades. Importation is the only thing we do. We are not involved in financing, offshore tax structures, tax planning or yachting etc., but focus strictly on aircraft importation matters. Over these last 20 years, we have learnt that long-term local presence and knowhow are essential when it comes to aircraft importation in order to avoid unpleasant surprises, and our strong and invaluable relations with the Danish customs authorities ensure a smooth importation process.
As inventors of the original 0% VAT Danish Route, we have imported more than 2,000 aircraft since the beginning of the EU Single Market in 1992 that made all this possible. We are highly specialised and have a deep understanding and thorough knowledge of aviation and importation issues, and we offer a unique and easy turn-key solution. The customs authorities in other EU member states including France, Germany and the UK, have inspected a large number of the aircraft we have processed, and we have never experienced any difficulties. We pride ourselves on being 100% thorough and aim to deliver a service that is without comparison, including a 24/7 help desk and flawless service when the aircraft is in Denmark for the duration of the procedure. We have imported more than 300+ aircraft, ranging from small helicopters to the biggest Boeing BBJs, allowing unrestricted operations inside the EU – for more than 200 different clients since we started using the new procedures in 2010.
Denmark as a jurisdiction
Denmark have the very best reputation both within the EU and worldwide and is number one on the Transparency List over the least corrupt nations in the world. We are known always to implement all EU-directives promptly and 100% by the book without ANY bending of the rules in favour of local companies.
Qualifications and experience
We have an extensive legal, aviation and administrative background. Our founder and CEO, Lasse Rungholm, is an aviation lawyer (L) and commercial airline pilot (ATPL, EASA and FAA) with more than 20 years of experience in this field. Denmark has been the member state of choice for these procedures for a long time, and our local presence and thorough knowledge of the systems mean that any proposed change in legislation can be easily detected and implemented. We are not strangers to setting up shop in a foreign jurisdiction. We know that one of our strongest assets is our extensive local knowledge and relationship with the authorities.
OPMAS is a 100% trustworthy and seasoned partner in any aviation-related legal or financial matter in connection with importation into the EU – recognised by banks, financing companies, law firms and organisations in the aviation industry as one of the absolute market leaders. We work with recognised international legal and financial advisors to fine-tune our procedures, and they rely on us to give them a complete overview of our little niche when required for the benefit of our mutual clients.
We have never had an unsatisfied customer, please see opmas.dk for references or. Please ask us for references if you would like a talk with some of our former clients.
Prior to the customs handling
Procedure instructions for incoming flights called CREW INFO are updated on a monthly basis and include accurate information/instructions about all the practicalities about flying into the EU on the entry flight and the handling in Aarhus/Denmark.
All documents and information are treated strictly confidentially.
We deal with the authorities almost on a daily basis with more than one aircraft imported per week, including handling of all the necessary initial steps for a successful customs handling.
All cases are preceded by written approvals from Danish Customs and Tax (SKAT) regarding the specific aircraft identified by serial number. A binding assessment notice will cover the VAT. An opinion from Customs will cover the duty.
If required, we can refer you to a well-known international tax advisor if you would like a second opinion about the procedures available.
All cases are backed by our own quality system to verify adherence to all procedures.
When in Aarhus for the customs handling
We are based locally and we will meet, follow and support all aircraft and crew during the stay in EKAH/Aarhus/Denmark to ensure that no one is left alone dealing with authorities in a foreign country.
No core services are handled by a third party. Our staff is available 24/7 during the stay to help with all practicalities and offer any help you might need in the city or at the airport.
Coordination of all local airport services at EKAH/Aarhus/Denmark. OPMAS have parking spaces number 15-16 at Aarhus airport for our clients. EKAH/Aarhus Airport/Denmark is an uncomplicated international airport with unrestricted access. RWY 28/10 is 8,500’ with an ILS in both ends, and there is no requirement for PPR, no parking restrictions etc. The airport usually closes at midnight but can be opened 24/7 on demand.
All normal FBO services are included in our fee to include dishwashing, laundry service for onboard linen/napkins and storage of cool and frozen catering items during the stay.
We take care of all local services like transportation, accommodation, food, catering etc, and we only use the best providers in the city. All these services are paid by us as part of our services to support the customs handling.
We will always arrange crew/passenger transportation using a high-class transport provider (not a taxi service), and all crew/pax are picked-up and driven back directly to the aircraft door at the ramp.
We always arrange an early hotel check-in (even early morning or late night) and late check-out matching the departure, so the crew will never have to sit and wait at the front desk.
The crew will receive a welcome folder upon arrival with practical information about the stay and vouchers to selected cafés and restaurants close to the hotel. These vouchers can be used without restrictions.
The customs process is normally handled in 3-6 hours on a workday. Most aircraft stay overnight.
After the customs handling
Our documentation includes a regular EU-wide recognised official customs form typed in English, stamped by Danish Customs and Tax (SKAT).
Thorough instructions are provided for each individual case on how to handle a customs ramp check and prepare documentation for any audits.
Detailed guidelines published and updated yearly about all known customs issues related to business aviation.
We are a FULL-SERVICE provider – no exceptions – and we will support you in any situation. You will never walk alone.
Our fee is ALL IN and includes EVERYTHING in Denmark except airside fees, fuel, oil and de-icing for the aircraft and technical assistance, if needed. NOTHING else needs to be paid separately in Denmark. Our fee is a one-time fee with no recurring annual fees. No extras are invoiced if the entry flight is cancelled or delayed. We know this a part of the business. We will adapt.
We are available at the office from 8:00 to 22-00 CET every day, including weekends.
Our OPS center is open 24/7/365 for incoming aircraft.
Our hotline is open 24/7/365 with instant assistance to existing customers if they have any questions or need help to explain the customs procedures to any customs service in the EU. This free hotline is available as long as the aircraft is operated in the same way.
Our management team
CEO Lasse Rungholm is an aviation lawyer specializing in EU importations and all matters related to EU VAT, duties and aircraft. Lasse is also a certified commercial pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot License with multiengine land and seaplane ratings. He flies Twin Otters on floats, ATRs and his L29 jet regularly and has been in the business of aircraft importations since the mid-1990s.
Director Frank Hansen holds a Master’s Degree from the Aarhus School of Business. Frank handles all administrative matters and personally ensures that the aircraft and the corresponding paperwork are handled as efficiently as possible.
The OPMAS Team