Ready for EC’s new import rules for maritime?

Source: European Commission; The Loadstar
Date: 16th May 2024

Are you ready for ICS2? Global and European associations are trying urgently to alert shippers about the new Import Control System (ICS2), which will be introduced in the EU on 3 June.

Eight groups, including FIATA, Clecat, IRU and WSC, have issued a notice stressing the important impact the new controls will have.

Specific details on any goods entering the EU, Norway, Switzerland or Northern Ireland by sea, road or rail must be provided to the EU before loading or arrival at an EU border. The requirements, introduced for airfreight last year, will extend to sea freight on 3 June, and to road and rail next year.

The “extensive” new data requirements include six-digit HS codes for each item in the consignment and an “acceptable” description as well as detailed buyer and seller information.

The associations are urging the supply chain industry to start preparing for the new rules and warned that failure to comply would lead to delayed imports and exports as well as the possibility of fines and penalties for those liable for submitting the data.

The introduction of the new rules was delayed after member states said there was insufficient time to prepare and some issues that arose after the introduction of airfreight and express.

However, ICS2 was largely welcomed by the industry for its aim to provide better-quality data, pre-departure.

For more information, go to the European Commission.

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