Update on European Union’s Import Control System 2 (ICS2) - Release 3

Rules and Regulations

Approval from French National Customs Authority for CMA CGM to deploy ICS2 in November 2024

We shared with you the information on March 18th, 2024 about the evolution of European Union’s Import Control System 2 (ICS2) to which reinforces customs risk management, improve security and safety risk analysis for the goods entering the European Union. 

This requirement for Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) will continue to apply to all deep sea and short sea cargo that is discharging or transshipping to or going through the EU (27 Member States), Northern Ireland, Norway and Switzerland as well as to cargo which will remain on board (FROB - Freight Remaining On Board). 

The deployment window for Maritime and inland waterways carriers is from June 3, 2024 to December 4, 2024. French National Customs Authority have granted a deployment window for CMA CGM within the timeframe agreed by The European Commission and accordingly we will be prepared for the ICS2 filing in November 2024. 

The necessary data can be submitted through a single complete ENS filing by the carrier, provided all data is available to the carrier or through multiple filings by the carrier, freight forwarder and EU consignee.

New data elements

The new release will introduce a mandatory risk assessment; therefore, carriers will be required to provide additional data elements in the ENS submission, amongst what is currently required.

The ENS will require the insertion of:

  • 6-digits Harmonized System (HS) code for each commodity with complete and accurate cargo description.
  • Buyer and Seller information if you wish that the carrier files it as a single complete ENS filing or the EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) of the supplementary declarant (self-filer) for all import cargo discharging in EU (FROB excluded).
  • House Bill of Lading if you wish that the carrier files it on your behalf.
  • EORI of the consignee established in the EU (for import shipments to EU) or Full address of the consignee including P.O. Box Number, Postal Code, Sub-division Code, City and Country.
  • CUS code for harmless and DG chemicals if included in ECICS (European Customs Inventory of Chemical Substances).
  • UCR if available (Unique Consignment Reference).

CMA CGM is currently enhancing its core systems to integrate your data for ICS2 submissions. As we move forward, we will keep you informed of the latest developments and expectations from your side to be well prepared to commence submissions into ICS2 in November 2024. 

For more information about ICS2 - Release 3, please visit the European Commission's website at the following link: Import Control System 2 - Release 3 - European Commission (europa.eu) 

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