Helibrás awarded special ‘Linha Azul’ customs clearance

Helibrás awarded special ‘Linha Azul’ customs clearance

18-Aug-2014 Source: Helibras

Helibras received the qualification of the Federal Revenue of Brazil to operate the system of customs clearance Express ‘Linha Azul’ as published in the Official Gazette on June. Since July 1st Helibras is the only helicopter manufacturer authorized to use the system in the country, to cater for all requirements.

‘Linha Azul’ (the ‘Blue Line’) is a special procedure of customs facilitation, created by the IRS to express customs clearance for import, export and transit operations with prior qualification. Without it, the processing of an item through customs would take on average five days to happen. With this system, the waiting drops to 24 hours. “The main benefit undoubtedly is greater flexibility in importing parts and spare parts to serve customers,” says Flávio Pires, VP of Support and Services Helibrás.

The request for qualification in the system is part of a project investments and innovations being undertaken by the company to support the inventory of the Brazilian fleet. “Since 2012, we invested approximately R $ 66 million in parts and materials to support the aircraft flying in the country. With these investments over the procedure of the ‘Linha Azul’, Helibras will be able to meet 95% of the requests before the deadline stipulated for the service. And we are working to create a bonded warehouse to various market segments, particularly customers of Oil & Gas “, says Flavio.

Use the ‘Linha Azul’ is awarded only to companies that meet the requirements and conditions established by the federal agency and demonstrate the quality of their internal controls on foreign trade relations. Currently, only 49 domestic companies in all segments of the economy have been enabled by the IRS to operate the system.

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