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European Commission customs & taxation department chooses eDelivery for its ICS2 system

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The European Commission is pleased to announce that the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) has decided to use the AS4 message exchange protocol in their Import Control System (ICS2). AS4 is the core standard promoted through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) eDelivery Building Block

The EU customs pre-arrival security and safety programme, underpinned by a large-scale information system - ICS2, is one of the main contributors towards establishing an integrated EU approach to reinforce customs risk management under the common risk management framework (CRMF): Customs Security – ICS2.

ICS2 will use eDelivery in its Shared Trader Interface (ICS2 STI), a shared, harmonised interface that will provide economic operators that bring the goods into the European Union a single instance of a harmonised trader interface with the customs authorities.

By connecting to an AS4 Access Point, any economic operator with a role in the commercial supply chain can easily submit electronic entry summary declarations to a Member State customs authority through the Shared Trader Interface, taking into account international standards and avoiding the unnecessary cost of point-to-point interaction for businesses and customs authorities. The secure eDelivery channel between the economic operator’s Access Point and the STI’s Access Point prevents data loss, damage and unauthorised alterations and provides evidence that information has been sent and received.

The ICS2 STI system is expected to generate over 1.5 billion exchanges per year and will be extensively used by economic operators bringing goods to the EU.

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is connecting digital services all over Europe, nurturing a trans-European digital ecosystem. CEF does this through digital Building Blocks, providing public administrations and businesses with common standards and technical support to develop compliant digital services that operate across borders and sectors. 

DG TAXUD chose to use eDelivery because it is a standards-based, well-established message exchange protocol, but also for its security, reliability and scalability. To date, more than 35 countries have deployed almost 600 eDelivery Access Points. ICS2 STI and systems like it can, through eDelivery, accommodate vast numbers of economic operators in a market-friendly and future-proof way.

Visit CEF Digital to see how AS4 could help your organisation.

Last updated on  May 20, 2020 15:17

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