Sectors and operators to be affected:
- Express delivery services
- Postal operators within and outside the EU
- Air freight carriers
- Freight forwarders and logistics companies
- Maritime, rail and road transport operators
- Destination consignees located in the EU for goods received via maritime transport
- Representatives of all affected economic operators
Well prepared for ICS2
The most important questions and answers for getting yourself prepared
What is the impact of ICS2 on economic operators?
All economic operators who conduct business internationally or deal with third countries worldwide are affected. In the future, as additional security data will be required for import customs procedures, operators will have to submit the ENS "Entry Summary Declaration" to ICS2 for all goods entering the common security area of the EU, Switzerland and Norway.
What does ”Multiple Filing“ mean?
Maritime and air freight carriers only need to submit basic information to the EU Cargo Advance Information System. Any supplementary information is reported directly to the ICS system by freight forwarders or logistics providers themselves. This principle, known as "Multiple Filing," provides competitive protection for the participants, as freight forwarders and logistics providers no longer have to disclose their customers and related sensitive data to the carriers in the course of the procedure.
Does the data have to be provided in a different format than previously?
ICS2 is based on a uniform format called Entry Summary Declaration (ENS), which does not allow any deviations. This increases the required accuracy of the information, for example for the HS code. Previously, either the goods description or at least four digits of the HS code had to be provided on an entry summary declaration; in the future, all six digits of the HS code will have to be transmitted. As a result, substandard or incomplete declarations may be rejected or prompt EU customs authorities to conduct further security checks or implement other measures. In the worst case, authorities will issue a loading ban or stop shipments at EU customs borders.