Guide

End-use relief

End-use relief for aircraft and aircraft parts

If your business operates in the civil aviation industry you may be able to obtain duty relief on goods you import. The definition of 'civil aircraft' covers all aircraft that have a civil registration, are leased by a civil airline or are used for recreational purposes. Gliders are excluded. Relief from duty paid on importation is available for civil aircraft, ground flying trainers and parts in civil aircraft used in their:

  • construction
  • equipping
  • maintenance
  • repair
  • conversion

You'll find the aircraft and parts covered by end-use duty relief listed in the Integrated Tariff of the United Kingdom (the Tariff). They'll be indicated by one of three footnotes:

  • "Entry under this subheading is subject to the conditions laid down in the relevant Community provisions. See also Volume 1 Part II paragraph 11.2.8."
  • "Subject to end-use control - see Volume 1, Part 11."
  • "For the construction, maintenance and repair of aircraft of an unladen weight exceeding 2000 kilograms and of ground flying trainers for civil use."

The following goods are not eligible for relief:

  • test equipment
  • portable GPS equipment
  • ground handling and security equipment

Certain aircraft parts for both civil and military aircraft may benefit from end-use relief. You can see a full list in section 6.3 of Public Notice 3001 about end-use relief.

Authorisation is applied for by using form SP1. You don't need to enter full details for civil aircraft or their parts, just put "civil aircraft and parts for civil aircraft" in Box 5. Owners of single aircraft for private or business use can use the simplified procedure by completing the appropriate boxes in form C 88.

Airworthiness scheme

If you have a certificate of airworthiness for imported aircraft parts you can present this to Customs with your import declaration (Single Administrative Document (SAD)) to suspend duty. The certificate must be issued by European aviation authorities. Certificates exclude semi-manufactured parts or raw materials and damaged parts in need of repair.

Military equipment

End-use duty relief is also available on certain weapons and military equipment when they are used by or on behalf of the military forces of a member state. You must have a certificate from the Ministry of Defence or equivalent authority.