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EU security system ICS2 (available from March 2023)

Published 25 Jun 2022

EU security system ICS2 (available from March 2023)

EU security system ICS2 (available from March 2023)

So that we can remember again. What is ICS2, what are its benefits and who does it directly affect? I want to do a little repetition.

What is Import Control System 2 (ICS2)?

Import Control System 2 (ICS2) is a new IT system created to collect data on all goods and goods entering the EU prior to their arrival. Economic Operators (EO - 'Persons and institutions engaged in activities within the scope of customs legislation due to their job') will have to report their security data to the Import Control System via the Entry Summary Statement (ENS). The system aims better to protect Europe's single market and its citizens, thanks to new customs security measures. This system will further facilitate the free trade flow through customs security procedures developed based on data adapted to global business models.

What are the Benefits of Import Control System 2 (ICS2)?

To increase the protection of EU citizens and the internal market against threats to security. They are allowing EU Customs authorities to detect high-risk threat shipments more easily and intervene at the most appropriate point in the supply chain. Supporting targeted proportional customs measures in response scenarios for crises that may occur at the EU's external borders. Facilitate cross-border customs clearance for legitimate trade. To simplify the exchange of information between Economic Operators (EO) and EU Customs Authorities


Import Control System 2 (ICS2) Who Directly Affects?

1. Express cargoes

2. Postal operators within and outside the EU

3. Air cargo transportation

4. Freight transport and logistics companies

5. Sea, rail and road transport SEA,

6. Specific end consignee within EU borders (for products received by sea)

7. Representatives of the economic operator system


ICS2 Available From March 2023

We all remember the terrorist attacks of September 11th. As a result, the ICS procedure was introduced to register goods before entering the EU for risk assessment/hazard measures. With ICS2, the EU monitors the registration of carriers with the cargo advance information system. The new processes will apply to airlines after March 2023 and to shipping companies after March 2024.


We have previously mentioned ICS2, known as the EU security system, in our blogs. In our blog today, we wanted to inform you that the European security system ICS will enter the second phase in 2023. This development will especially apply to air cargo shipments to the EU. Many companies have begun to draw attention to the second phase of ICS in their press releases. For example, Simon Lembke, Head of Customs and Transport Practices at Hamburg-based company Dakosy, thinks that the monitoring procedure ICS2 brings improvements, particularly for the protection of competition. The processes and interfaces are said to be prepared by their own company, Dakosy.


Logistics Service Providers Will Share Less Data

Another major change, according to Dakosy, is that shipping companies and airlines will only need to submit basic information to the EU freight advance information system…. This means shipping companies and logisticians no longer have to share relevant sensitive data of customers with shipping companies or airlines throughout the entire process.

 Dakota recommends that participants in the ICS procedure prepare for the exchange promptly.