Import Control System 2 (ICS2), what is it?
Find out if and how it affects you
What is ICS2?
It is a large-scale EU information system that supports the following processes:
- Filing and Entry Summary Declaration - ENS (advance cargo information) to customs
- Security risk analysis by customs
- Arrival of means of transport
- Presenting goods to customs
- Customs goods control, where necessary
ICS2 will directly affect all economic operators involved in the handling, shipping and transport of goods, express or postal shipments, such as:
- Postal operators inside/outside the EU
- Express delivery services
- Air freight carriers
- Logistics companies for the transport of goods
- Final recipients established in the EU - maritime, rail and road carriers
- Representatives of the above
These economic operators will have to provide the security and protection data to the ICS2 system.
ICS2 is not an import system and is not used for processing customs declarations for release for free circulation.
The entry of goods into the EU can be described as a 5-step process consisting of:
- Filing an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS)
- Notification of arrival of the means of transport
- Presentation of goods
- Temporary storage of goods
- Placements of goods in a customs procedure
The scope of ICS2 covers three of those five steps:filing an ENS, notification of arrival of the means of transport and presentation of goods.
ICS2 will support the provision of advance cargo information for security risk analysis on the entry of goods into the EU for maritime, air, road, rail and inland waterway modes, and general cargo, express and postal business models.
No. It will completely replace ICS1 and introduce an entirely new business process in accordance with the legal requirements of the Union Customs Code and the strategic operational needs set out in the EU Strategy and Action Plan for Customs Risk Management (adopted in 2014).In addition, it allows multiple submissions of advance information on cargo under Article 127, paragraph 6, of the Union Customs Code and involves more supply chain agents and operational models under Article 127, paragraph 4, of the Union Customs Code, with the aim of collecting better quality data, within the established time limits, related to the movement of goods in the supply chains.
Yes, they will run in parallel for a period of time.After the release of the 3rd ICS2 delivery on 1 March 2024, ICS1 will gradually be withdrawn after a 200-day transition period.
Advance information on cargo and risk analysis will allow threats to be identified early and help customs intervene in the most appropriate place in the supply chain.
From a customs perspective, security and protection risks cover a number of issues, including:explosives in air cargo, drugs, precursors, dangerous counterfeit medicines, dangerous toys or electronic products, contaminated food, weapons and all organised smuggling.
New threats continue to emerge (such as postal delivery of lethal synthetic opiates).Organised groups use the post and organise their supply chains to bypass discovery, and continually innovate.
At the same time, the volume of goods monitored by customs multiplies due to changes in global trade models generated by e-commerce.The new early data on goods in postal shipments will bring great opportunities and challenges.