Treasury to require airlines to provide additional passenger data
As of next year, the Brazilian Federal Treasury is to employ a new system to monitor passengers on international flights, one that is able to identify those suspected of not declaring the carriage of products purchased overseas above the permitted limits.0
Airline companies are responsible for passing on to the Treasury any information that can be used to create the profile of an international traveler.
Information such as the point of origin, piece of checked baggage, the seat occupied, the duration of the flight and the frequency with which the route is flown will be provided to the Treasury, which will cross reference it with other information held in its database, to decide which passengers will be checked, even before the aircraft has landed.
The improvement in the operation comes despite a drop in the number of monitoring operations; 1,511 took place during the first half of 2014, compared to 1,588 during the same period in 2013.
The amount of merchandise seized by the Federal Treasury at the country’s international borders and customs offices, however, increased by 20.59% during the first half of 2014. During this period, customs operations seized R$ 889.9 million against R$ 737.9 million during the first half of 2013.
In addition to this, a facial recognition system will also be implemented during the first half of 2015. This program has been developed in partnership with the Federal Police and, in addition to assisting with customs monitoring, will be used to identify those suspected of laundering money and transporting illegal goods. Travelers will be identified by means of a device that will recognize a passenger’s passport photograph and compare it with that will have been stored in the customs department’s system.
The system was expected to have been in place before the World Cup but was not ready in time. According to the Under Secretary of Customs and International Relations, Ernani Checcucci, tests have already been conducted at Manaus (AM) and Guarulhos (SP) airports.
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