ICS2 – Coming new EU customs pre-arrival security and safety program


The European Union will launch a new EU customs pre-arrival security and safety program which will be handled via the so-called Import Control System 2 (ICS2), a large-scale information system. The new program is essential for managing entry security and safety border controls. The program will help to establish an integrated EU approach to reinforce customs risk management framework. The launch will take place on 15 March 2021. Please note that Switzerland is also participating in ICS2.


What can this possibly mean for your company?

If you are involved in handling, shipping and transporting of cargo, express or postal consignments you will be directly affected by ICS2 rand you will need to provide the safety and security data to this information system. According to the EU commission, shipments will be stopped at the EU customs border if the data has not been submitted (in time) via ICS2. Poor quality declarations will also be rejected by EU customs and may result in non-compliance sanctions.

Please be aware that ICS2 will also indirectly affect you as a manufacturer, exporter and individuals from outside the EU, wishing to send goods into the EU, as you will be asked to provide the necessary information to the directly affected company in the EU.

If you are affected, you should prepare yourself by

  • Adapting your business processes,
  • Taking steps to ensure that high-quality data is provided,
  • Developing or updating your IT systems and/or
  • Managing the training/supporting of your staff,

so you are ready for the upcoming new system.


How can we help?

ICS2 is new for all companies and you need to start your preparation in time, especially since systems/procedures need to be adjusted. We can assist in determining in which way the new requirements are relevant for your company and help you prepare yourself for ICS2. The previous in order to prevent any disruption at the moment of implementation of ICS2 for your business.

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