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ICS2 - How to - FAQ - Privacy Statement


Who is affected by ICS2?

ICS2 is the EU customs advance cargo information system. It will be
implemented to gather data on all goods destined to enter or to transit via the
EU before they reach the EU’s external borders. This means it will have a
direct impact on all economic operators involved in the dispatch, transport
and handling of international freight, express or postal consignments.

The following economic actors are directly affected by ICS2 and will each
have to provide safety data for ICS2:

  • Postal operators inside and outside the EU;
  • Express carriers;
  • Air cargo carriers;
  • Freight forwarding and logistics companies;
  • Final consignee established in the EU (for goods received by sea);
  • Sea, rail and road transport carriers;
  • Representatives of all the above-mentioned actors.

In addition to these operators who will be directly affected, ICS2 will also
indirectly affect all manufacturers, exporters and individuals from outside the
EU who send goods to or through the EU. They will have to provide the
necessary information to directly affected economic operators.

How to get ready for ICS2?

Every economic operator directly affected needs to align its business
processes with the regulatory requirements implemented via the new system.

As a first step, it is suggested to get informed and to gain understanding of the new requirements and eventually start preparing the update of your IT system and adapt your business processes. Then, make sure you provide training support to your staff, so you are able to provide all the precise and necessary high-quality data required by ICS2 and support required actions in case of customs referrals. Adequate descriptions of goods is very important, in particular where a commodity code is not provided by the declarant. Please consult the ‘Unacceptable goods descriptions guidance’ which contains the list of generic, unacceptable terms and the suggested alternatives that would be acceptable by customs.

What will happen if economic operators are
not ready on time?

If economic operators are not ready on time and do not provide the necessary
ICS2 data, consignments and freight will be stopped at the EU customs
borders and the goods in question will not be cleared by the customs

Furthermore, inadequate declarations will either be rejected or subject to
intervention, with penalties imposed for non-compliance.