New EU Customs Advance Cargo Information System (ICS2)

The European Union is launching a new customs pre-arrival security and safety program called the Import Control System 2 (ICS2).

What is ICS2?
ICS2 is an IT system designed to gather data on all goods entering the EU before their arrival. Economic Operators must submit safety and security data via the Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). This system aims to enhance the protection of the EU’s single market and its citizens, streamline trade, and improve customs security processes.

Who is Affected by ICS2?
– Express Carriers
– Freight Forwarding and Logistics Companies
– Maritime, Rail, and Road Transport Carriers
– Air Cargo Carriers

Effective Date
Starting June 3, 2024, these operators must begin filing ENS declarations for containerized cargo transported to or through the EU, including Northern Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland.

New Submission Requirements
For each shipment, the following information must be provided in the House Bill of Lading (HBL):
– Complete and accurate commercial cargo description
– HS 6-digit commodity code
– Additional details of involved parties (e.g., seller, buyer, consignee, consignor)
– EORI number, if assigned to any party

Preparing for ICS2
– Understand the new requirements
– Inform non-EU individuals who send goods to or through the EU
– Adapt business processes to ensure accurate and timely data submission

Consequences of Non-Compliance
– Consignments and freight will be stopped at EU customs borders
– Goods will not be cleared by customs authorities
– Inadequate declarations may be rejected or subjected to intervention, with possible sanctions for non-compliance

Get ready now to ensure smooth transitions and compliance with the new ICS2 requirements.