On June 3rd, 2024, the European Union (EU) will launch Release 3 of their Import Control System 2 (ICS2) for goods transported by maritime and inland waterways to EU destinations. ICS2 is an IT system that collects data on all goods entering the EU prior to their arrival.                      

Economic operators carrying goods will have to submit a complete Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) dataset to ICS2. To meet their ENS data filing obligations, operators will need to update their IT systems and business processes. They will also have to run mandatory self-conformance testing before their start of operation.

ENS Required Data

  1. 6-digit HS commodity code
  2. Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) of the consignee established in the EU.
  3. Seller and Buyer information

Certain operators may not be ready to start ENS filing with ICS2 Release 3 on their respective go-live date. December 4, 2024, is the effective date for maritime and inland waterways house-level filers, and April 1, 2025, is for road and rail carriers. These operators can request a deployment window at least one month before the go-live date scheduled for their transport mode by contacting the National Service Desk of the EU Member State National Customs Authority—where their EORI number is registered. If there is a lack of the required data provided, the EU Customs authorities may reject the ENS declaration. This can lead to delays in the supply chain or other sanctions for non-compliance with the applicable regulations. Looking for more information about how to prepare for ICS2? Reach out to Mohawk Global.

By Clarissa Chiclana

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