Airport Looks To Grow International Business
MONROE, NC- The Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport is awaiting approval for a custom’s office.
"We deal with countries like China, Japan, Russia, India, Brazil, Canada... and all those customers have a need to come visit us," said Mike Zimmer, president and CEO of Cyril Bath.
Zimmer’s company builds machines for aircraft including Boeing Aerospace.
"We export globally. 75 percent of our business is export," said Zimmer.
Zimmer says a new custom's office in his backyard is exactly what his company needs.
Currently, local international companies handle customs at checkpoints like Maine and Fort Lauderdale.
A custom's office at Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport would eliminate those stops.
"This differentiates our community amongst others that we're competing with and allows us a little bit of a leg up in trying to recruit companies," Chris Plate, director of aviation at the airport and director of economic development City of Monroe
One of the airports big push for this customs office is to grow the international base already in Monroe. There are 15 global companies in Monroe from 10 different countries... employing over 6,000 people.
Another big push... more jets in and out of the airport mean more money.
"Large jets can range anywhere from 20 to 60 million dollars and when you put that on tax rolls, that lowers the burden from all of our citizens,” said Plate.
If the federal government approves he custom's office, e airport will build a facility on their grounds, which would cost up to $750,000.
Plate says the expense is well worth it.
The proposal for the custom's office is in D.C.
Charlotte-Monroe is waiting for approval from the US Customs and Border Protection.
If approved, the airport hopes to get the office up and running within two years.
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