Published 25 Dec 2021
What is the difference between ICS2 and CRMS2?
We have already addressed these topics on our blogs and examined the concepts one by one. In response to a question from you today, we're talking about the difference between ICS2, known as Import Control System 2, and Customs Risk Management CRMS2. If you have any questions, add or ask questions, please remember we're here for you =)
What is ICS2?
As always, let's start with general definitions and reminders. The Import Control System is an electronic security declaration management system for the importation of goods into the customs territory of the European Union, which came into force at the end of 2010. It aims to provide a high level of security for EU citizens and the internal market and to enable customs authorities to more easily identify high-risk shipments and respond to these risks at the most appropriate point in the supply chain. This also includes all manufacturers, exporters or persons outside the Union's borders who indirectly send goods, services or freight to the EU or another country via the EU.
What is CRMS2?
The CRM covers the legal obligations to carry out a security risk analysis for all freight arriving at customs within an EU country, regardless of the country of destination. The aim is to protect the EU borders equally by identifying high-risk shipments/goods that may have a negative impact on the safety, health and safety of EU citizens. CRMS (Customs Risk Management Systems), on the other hand, is a simple and practical mechanism that enables the direct exchange of information on possible risks between the operating authorities and the risk analysis centres in the member states of the European Commission.
Similarities and differences between ICS2 and CRMS2
If we look at the definitions, we see that both systems have a lot in common. Both cover customs offices in the European Union, for example. It aims to eliminate all logistic activities that would run counter to the security of EU citizens, minimize risks and create a safe environment through maximum security at the borders. Although its objectives and areas of application are almost the same, we see that the CRMS frames the legal sanctions of the European Commission and the import control system with the data collected as ICS2 contributes to the action plan for customs risk management of the EU. In other words: ICS2 contributes with the risks collected in the electronic pool to the ongoing studies on analytical competencies at the EU level to new legal regulations. While CRMS2 aims to create an equal customs control system at the Union's borders by handling the risks at EU customs, ICS2 is used to collect advanced supply chain data, new tools and processes from customs by providing collaborative risk analysis while goods are moving along the delivery chains move towards or through the EU, in real-time and enable sharing. In this way, the directive covered by CRMS2 between customs and authorities is synchronized with the exchange of information.