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ARSA, Barfield Team with Commerce Department on Duty-Free Parts Importation Webinar

ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein and Bryan King of association member Barfield Precision Electronics participate in a special Department of Commerce webinar on the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft on Jan. 18. 

The webinar built on the work ARSA has done over the past year to clarify the applicability of the treaty to aircraft parts imported into the United States for repair (see below).  The session covered:

  • What aircraft and aircraft parts are covered the agreement.
  • What countries signed it and what are their obligations.
  • How U.S. aerospace exporters benefit.
  • How U.S. importers, including repair stations, can bring aircraft parts into the United States duty-free under the agreement.

The webinar is part of an effort by the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) to improve understanding about the opportunities and obligations created by the treaty within the government and among customs brokers, freight handlers and aviation companies. Klein discussed guidance ARSA created to help members navigate customs rules and take advantage of the agreement (order your copy below); King discussed his company’s experiences with the agreement and best practices to ensure compliance.  Commerce official Fred Elliot provided background on the civil aircraft agreement and ways in which it benefits importers and exporters.

“We sincerely appreciate both the opportunity to participate in the webinar and all the work ITA has done over the past year to help us resolve questions about the application of duties to imported parts,” Klein said.  “ITA’s work will help save U.S. repair station from paying customs duties they don’t owe and eliminate a lot of unnecessary administrative headaches.”

To listen to the Webinar, go to:   You will be required to install the Webex plug-in to listen.  The link will be active through mid-February.

The guidance is available for free to ARSA members and may be ordered by visiting or completing the form below.

To see all of the association’s resources for establishing duty-free rates, visit

Access ARSA's Duty-Free Parts Importation Training On-Demand

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On Oct. 11, Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein hosted an hour-long session on parts importation requirements. Klein reviewed the issues surrounding duty-free import of civil aviation parts and articles and introduced the association’s resources for managing the process. Attendees will be given access to the ARSA Advisory 2017-01, “Importing Parts for Repair Duty Free Under 19 CFR § 10.183.”

More information on the issue can be found at:

Session Information:

Importing Aircraft Parts for Maintenance – Establishing Duty Free Rates

The session reviews the World Trade Organization’s exemption of civil aviation products and parts from import duties and describes the U.S. implementation of rules and guidance to support duty-free importation. It then walks through the association’s resources for ensuring that eligible imports are made free of Customs tariffs.

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Registration for an ARSA-provided training session includes:

  • Unlimited access for 90 days to the recording made available after the live session is complete.
  • A copy of the presentation and all reference material with links to relevant resources and citations.
  • A certificate upon completion of the class, as well as any test material.

The association’s training program is provided through Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC, the firm that manages ARSA. To go directly to OFMK’s online training portal, visit To learn more about the association’s training program and see course availability, visit


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