Navigating ICS2 Updates and the Role of iCustoms

One of the best examples of these legislative changes is the Import Control System 2 (ICS2) implemented by the European Union. It included a comprehensive cargo information system to streamline the customs clearing process and improve security.

Three phases are being used to implement ICS2:

  • March 15, 2021, for the first phase
  • March 1, 2023, for the second phase
  • June 3, 2024, for the third phase

In anticipation of the third phase, trading businesses must be entirely equipped to adhere to the updated criteria to prevent any potential disruptions and guarantee a smooth customs clearance process.

Comprehending ICS2: The Novel Customs Clearance Environment

ICS2 brings about several significant modifications to the customs clearance process, such as:

  • Required Goods Pre-Declaration: Prior to their arrival, all economic operators importing products into the EU are required to submit electronic pre-declarations for their commodities.
  • Enhanced Risk Assessment: Customs officials will use information from pre-declarations to evaluate each shipment’s risk and apply specific risk-based measures.
  • Electronic Clearing: In order to cut down on paperwork and speed up the clearing procedure, compliant traders can electronically clear their goods.

ICS2 3 Phase Rollout

  • Phase 1 (March 1, 2023): During this phase, the fundamental components of ICS2, such as the requirements for items pre-declaration for both air and marine cargo, were established.
  • Phase 2 (September 1, 2023): This phase expanded the scope of ICS2 to include consignments sent by mail and express as well as items shipped by rail and vehicle.
  • Phase 3 (June 3, 2024): In this phase, all freight carried by inland waterways, sea, rail, and road must submit an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). This includes logistic providers issuing transport documents to their clients and postal and express carriers that transport goods using these modes of transportation. In some cases, final consignees established in the EU will also be required to submit ENS data to ICS2.

These modifications aim to improve security by detecting and mitigating potential risks at an early stage of the customs clearance procedure. Businesses must carefully plan ahead and use the right tools and technology in order to comply with ICS2.

iCustoms's Role in ICS2 Compliance: A Reliable Business Partner

Leading customs declaration platform iCustoms plays a vital role in assisting companies in navigating the challenges of ICS2 compliance. In order to simplify the ICS2 compliance procedure, iCustoms provides an extensive range of tools and services, such as:

  • Automated Goods Pre-Declaration: iCustoms ensures accuracy and ICS2 compliance by automating the creation and submission of electronic pre-declarations.
  • Assistance with Risk Assessment: iCustoms offers risk assessment tools and advice to businesses so they may recognise possible problems and efficiently reduce risks.
  • Electronic Clearance Facilitation: Businesses may clear their goods more quickly and efficiently thanks to iCustoms’ simplification of electronic clearance procedures.
  • Ongoing Compliance Help: To make sure that businesses stay updated on ICS2 regulations and maintain compliance, iCustoms provides ongoing help and training.

ICS2 Phase 3: Preventive Steps for a Smooth Transition

As the third phase of ICS2 draws near, businesses have to be proactive in order to guarantee a seamless transition:

  • Get familiar with the Phase 3 requirements: Examine in detail the third phase’s criteria, particularly the submission of a complete Entry Summary Declaration (ENS).
  • Assess your oreparation: Determine whether aspects of your current customs clearance procedures need to be adjusted in order to comply with ICS2 regulations.
  • Update your IT system: Operators must update their business processes and IT systems to meet ENS data filing and submission requirements and provide appropriate training to their staff members.
  • Self-conformance test: It is compulsory for operators to run self-conformance testing prior to starting operation. To get the in-depth procedure, visit this: Self-conformance testing organisation document.
  • Adopt iCustoms Solutions: To automate pre-declaration, expedite electronic clearance, and assist with ENS submission and risk assessment, put iCustoms’ extensive array of tools and services into practice.
  • Seek advice from professionals: Speak with iCustoms specialists to get personalised guidance and assistance in managing ICS2 compliance and streamlining your customs clearance procedures.

Gain a Competitive Edge in International Trade with the Help of iCustoms

Businesses need to keep ahead of the curve and fully adopt ICS2 as it becomes more widely used in order to guarantee smooth trade flow and preserve their competitive advantage in the global market.

As a reliable partner on this journey, iCustoms provides businesses with comprehensive solutions and steadfast assistance to help them navigate the complexity of ICS2 compliance and streamline their customs-clearing procedures.

Talk to iCustoms specialists right now to see how their solutions may help your company manage ICS2 challenges and maximise the efficiency of customs clearance.


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