Post-Preclearance Retail – New Revenue Sources for Airports

The Challenge

Under personal exemption restrictions from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), passengers at preclearance facilities were limited to $25 total purchases in the post-preclearance area before departing on a flight to the United States.

Our Role

InterVISTAS developed and implemented a strategy, which CBP approved, that increased the total allowable down-stream passenger comfort purchases to $100 per person (of foreign-made goods). It further permitted no dollar limit on US-made goods sold by retail vendors in the post-preclearance area without having to re-inspect or amend Customs declarations for departing passengers.


The work InterVISTAS completed in 2003 permitted airports to realize millions of dollars per year in lease space revenues and merchandise sales in the post-preclearance departure gate area.  This has benefited airports significantly to help reduce the cost of overall operations. More importantly, passengers gained a greater flexibility to obtain long sought travel comfort products as a result of a sizable policy change in making retail goods available to them in the departure gate area.