The EU's Advanced Cargo System ICS: A Must-Understand to trade with the EU

If your business also ships goods to or via the EU, get ready for the new Advance Cargo Information System ICS. We explain details and provide links for more information.

The European Union is implementing a new customs pre-arrival security and safety programme, underpinned by a large-scale advance cargo information system – Import Control System 2 (ICS2).

What is it?

The EU's new advance cargo information system ICS2 supports the implementation of this new customs safety and security regulatory regime aimed to better protect the single market and EU citizens.


How will it work?

It will collect data about all goods entering the EU prior to their arrival. Economic Operators (EOs) will have to declare safety and security data to ICS2, through the Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). The obligation to start filing such declarations will not be the same for all EOs.


Who is concerned?

It will depend on the type of services that they provide in the international movement of goods and is linked to the three release dates of ICS2 (15 March 2021, 1 March 2023, and 1 March 2024).


Three Release Dates

Download the Datasheet

ICS Factsheet 2021
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Links

https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/general-information-customs/customs-security/import-control-system-2-ics2_en


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