The Swedish and US governments have signed a bilateral agreement to introduce US border control at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN). In conjunction, the airport operator, Swedavia, signed an agreement with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on how this function will be handled at the Arlanda.
Karl Wistrand, President and CEO of Swedavia commented: “The US is Sweden’s most important trading partner after Britain. It feels really good now that the agreement with CPB has been signed. As we await a decision from the Swedish parliament, we will continue our preparatory work so that a decision on a larger investment in US preclearance facilities can be taken immediately once the legal process is completed, which is expected in the summer of 2018.”
In 2015, Stockholm Arlanda Airport was selected by US authorities as one of ten airports around the world with the possibility of establishing US border control on foreign soil prior to departure. As a result of the agreements, a preclearance facility can be built as soon as the legal process is completed to modify US preclearance to comply with Swedish laws. Swedavia says it will now proceed to the next preparatory phase of completing the project design and preparing a public tender for the coming facility.