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The Supporting Document for an oral customs declaration

How Temporary Admission works
The use of Temporary Admission (TA) is designed to be a paperless process with a voluntary option to document entries and exits using a Supporting Document (SD), meaning that a qualifying aircraft can enter the EU without any customs contact or paper declarations. We will always recommend an operator to check the full TA compliance before flying to the EU as other factors than those mentioned might also influence compliance.

Function of the Supporting Document
The SD only acknowledges that the aircraft has arrived within the EU and is opting to fly under TA. Having the SD ready in the aircraft or actively using the SD indicates that the operator understands the use of TA, which is a good start if approached by customs, but it does not grant the aircraft free circulation status for a six-month period, nor does it approve TA compliance in advance. Both of which is a common misunderstanding. Again, no operator should fly to the EU unprepared and unable to explain and document why they are eligible to use the TA procedure, and the SD does not have this function.

The total package for the Supporting Document complex
Download the full package (including instructions) published by the EU Commission on how to use the Supporting Document for an oral customs declaration concerning TA.

Download English version
Download other languages | Choose the pop-up menu “other languages.”
Download file: Annex 1 (Part 3) of 1
The SD is on page 32 in the English version.

The ready-to-use Supporting Document
Download the SD as PDF in different languages. The PDF generates a copy page named COPY. Both pages must be presented for customs when used.
We offer the following ready-to-use PDFs with editable fields:

Download English version
Download German version
Download French version
Download Italian version
Download Spanish version
Download Portuguese version

Be prepared to meet the EU customs when using Temporary Admission
Feedback shows that being prepared when flying to the EU is crucial. We recommend that operators are always ready to prove TA compliance and can present relevant documents during a potential customs ramp check. Even though an EU entry can be made paperless. No operator should fly to the EU unprepared and unable to explain and document why they are eligible to use the TA procedure. Being ready for a customs ramp check should be seen parallel to how an operator prepares for an eventual SAFA ramp check. Most operators do not realize that failing a customs ramp check could have consequences that outweigh the failing of a SAFA check. One-third of all recorded TA problems are related to the operators’ inability to understand and document the correct use of TA. The remaining two-thirds are typically compliance problems. We believe it is not worth the risk of being stopped and delayed for hours or days when minimal effort could avoid such a scenario.

Prepare to use the Temporary Admission procedure

  1. Check that the basic preconditions are fulfilled
  2. Understand the limitations and situations that must be handled correctly
  3. Carry relevant paperwork onboard the aircraft to document the correct use of TA
  4. Instruct the pilots so that they are prepared to handle a customs ramp check

Important things to know about Temporary Admission
Operators should be aware that different interpretations of the TA procedure exist between member states. Thus, it is important to have a competent customs agency outline the correct use and understanding based on the specific setup. The problem with local interpretations is often related to flights within France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, and less often other places.

Correct documentation is a make-or-break issue
Even though the use of TA is simple and flexible for most operators, the documentation must not be disregarded. Correct documentation proving TA compliance is a make-or-break issue during customs ramp checks. The Supporting Document alone does not prove TA compliance. Also, operators should always consider how to handle and secure the known grey zone areas when using TA. The relevant documentation can be conditioned without help from OPMAS, but we will be happy to help and have years of experience with this process. We offer different TA solutions depending on the risk profile and typical flight pattern. Please inquire for more details.

We recommend that operators read the following links before starting a trip.

Short & Sweet no. 9 Part 1: Using TA – what is the Supporting Document, and how do you use it?
Short & Sweet no. 11 Part 2: Using TA – what do customs look for during a ramp check, and why?
Short & Sweet no. 14 Part 3: Using TA – in which scenarios will an operator need help or guidance?
Short & Sweet no. 21 Part 4: Using TA – how do you prepare to handle a customs ramp check?

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