Aeroflot becomes first Russian airline to introduce electronic customs declarations

Moscow, 2017-Jun-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Aeroflot, in partnership with the Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS), has become the first Russian airline to fully introduce an automaticised information system to provide advance information about aircraft and goods transported on international flights.

The system eliminates the need for hard copies when preparing an aircraft’s General Declaration. The General Declaration includes information about the aircraft, its supplies, passengers and goods, and is necessary for customs purposes and decision-making by customs officials.

Providing information in electronic form significantly reduces the paperwork time for the carrier and the total time needed for customs officials to carry out customs procedures. This optimises cargo deliveries and expedites receipt of goods by the consignee. Customs control quality remains unchanged, as information processing begins prior to the arrival of aircraft and can be carried out either automatically or by an official in person.

Aeroflot had worked to introduce electronic declarations in collaboration with the FCS as part of implementation of a Eurasian Economic Commisson resolution. In 2013, Aeroflot and the FCS began developing automaticised information systems for electronic customs declarations for aircraft. Preliminary testing began in 2016, and the system was successfully implemented for commercial use in 2017.

Aeroflot continues cooperation with the FCS on transitioning to full electronic interaction in providing advance information prior to goods release.

About Aeroflot

Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).

In 2016, Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service, and was also named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fifth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

In 2017, Aeroflot was named the most powerful brand in Russia and the world’s strongest airline brand by leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Aeroflot was also named Best Major Airline in Europe by TripAdvisor travellers and  recognised as the Favourite International Airline in China at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2017.

Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 197 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, comparable to global peers.

The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the seventh time in 2017, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant.

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