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Introduction to Import Control System 2 (ICS2)

ICS2 is due to go live on 1st March 2023. Start preparing now.

Dear Members,

Please see the briefing note on ICS2 issued by HMRC.

The purpose of this briefing note is to provide an overview of the new Import Control System – ICS2 - in particular, release 2 which is due to go live on 1st March 2023. ICS2 is being gradually introduced in Northern Ireland as well as EU Member States. This briefing note will cover:

  • Introduction to ICS2.
  • How ICS2 works.
  • Preparing for ICS2.

Additionally, please see further communications below for your information:

•             On 1 March 2023, the European Union is launching the next phase of its customs pre-arrival security and safety programme, Import Control System 2 (ICS2) Release 2.

•             From this date, Economic Operators, involved in sending, handling, shipping and transporting cargo, express or postal consignments to or via EU by air have to comply with new data reporting requirements for pre-loading and pre-arrival customs risk assessments. More precisely, all goods transported by air in postal, express and general cargo consignments will be subject to pre-loading filing requirements and to completing pre-arrival ENS data requirements.

•             It is of vital importance that every economic operator directly or indirectly affected by ICS2 align their business processes with this new regulatory and operational regime and complete the necessary steps to conform. Those who are not ready in time and/or have not provided the required data, will be stopped at the EU customs borders.

Further information is provided on the website of the European Commission at https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/news/new-requirements-inbound-air-shipments-eu-2022-06-30_en,



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