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The EU's ICS2: Is Your Business Prepared for the New Import Control System Protocols?

The European Union's new Import Control System 2 (ICS2) has arrived, bringing significant changes to the regulation of goods entering its borders. March 1, 2023 marks the full roll out of ICS2 with air general cargo and mail/express shipments. Maritime, road, and rail shipments are set to follow in 2024.

  • Release 1 - March 15, 2021: Mail/express shipments (pre-loading)

  • Release 2 - March 1, 2023: Air general cargo and Mail/express shipments (full)

  • Release 3 - March 1, 2024: Maritime, Road, and Rail

With the aim of improving safety, security, and compliance, the ICS2 system requires a higher level of detail and accuracy in the submission of advanced electronic data, as well as the use of approved security protocols. In this post, we will delve into the details of the ICS2 system and what it means for businesses importing goods into the EU.


Advanced Electronic Data Submission

Under the new ICS2 protocols, businesses must submit advanced electronic data to the EU's customs authorities prior to the arrival of their goods. This data must include information such as the description of goods, the value of goods, and the origin of goods, among others. The data must be accurate, complete, and up-to-date, as customs authorities use it to assess the risks associated with each shipment.

Approved Security Protocols

In addition to the advanced electronic data submission, businesses must also use approved security protocols when importing goods into the EU. This includes the use of secure communication channels and the implementation of robust data protection measures. The EU's customs authorities use these security protocols to ensure that sensitive information is transmitted securely and confidentially, protecting against fraud and other security threats.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Failing to comply with the new ICS2 protocols can result in substantial penalties for businesses. Penalties may include fines, seizure of goods, and even suspension of import privileges. It is important for businesses to understand the requirements of the ICS2 system and to implement best practices to ensure compliance.

Investing in Technology and Resources

To ensure proper compliance with the new ICS2 protocols, businesses must invest in the necessary technology and resources. This includes software and systems that support the preparation and submission of advanced electronic data, as well as security protocols that ensure the protection of sensitive information. The investment in technology and resources will not only improve compliance, but also the overall efficiency of the import process.


International Freight Forwarders Has Your Back It is essential for businesses importing goods into or through EU states to understand the requirements and implement best practices to ensure compliance with the EU's new ICS2 protocols. As always, we here are International Freight Forwarders, are way ahead of the curve and have a deep understanding of how to submit accurate electronic data, use approved security protocols, and we've invested in the technology and resources needed to ensure compliance and improve the efficiency of your import processes. You can trust your logistics experts here at International Freight Forwarders to navigate the EU's ICS2 system with confidence.


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