Get Ready for ICS2

15 March 2021 dated the first Release Date of the implementation of the new UCC – Union Customs Code, related to the entry of goods in the European Union, also known as ICS2. All EU-member countries customs authorities will be following the new Import Control System guidelines, which aims at anticipating relevant import information before goods arrive at the European customs borders.

Not sure how it will affect your business? Check out more information and how to get ready for ICS2 here​.


ICS2 is the new European Import Control System aligned with the UCC – ​Union Customs Code programme that will replace the current ICS. The system focuses exclusively on ensuring stricter pre-arrival security and safety measures for the protection of people and local businesses against external threats.

The Main Benefits of ICS2:

  • More safety and protection to the EU market and citizens;
  • Better statistical control and measurement of goods entering the EU;
  • Early identification of foreign risks;
  • More compliance with the EU-member countries’ lists of prohibited items;
  • Exclusion of unnecessary supply chain operations.

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Next Release Dates

The next release dates are of utmost importance for Economic Operators once they require compliance according to the type of services provided. Non-conformity in following the new measures will impact directly on the progress of consignments into the EU. Low-quality forms will also be rejected by local customs authorities.

Who Will Need to Provide Data to ICS2?

Economic Operators (EOs) who are involved in:

  • Transportation of cargo;
  • Express operators;
  • Postal activities operators;
  • Shipping.

These EOs will have to provide data to ICS2 after their respective transition period deadlines.

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