ICS2: New Entry by air process as of 1 March 2023

Are you importing goods by air from outside the EU into the European Customs Union? The customs entry process will change. As of 1 March 2023, you must lodge your entry declaration according to the Import Control System 2 (ICS2).

What is the Import Control System 2 (ICS2)?

ICS2 is the automated customs entry process that applies to the whole EU. This process monitors the safety of the external border. The European Commission aims to increase the data quality, in order to make a better risk analysis in advance. Automatisation of the process must also ensure better exchange of data between the EU Member States.

How does this affect you?

As of 1 March 2023, you must submit the Notification of Arrival (NA) and Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) in the Shared Trader Interface (STI). New system specifications are available for both declarations.

Ask your software suppliers how to prepare for this. The 'Dutch Customs National Helpdesk' remains your point of contact for questions about and support for the automated processes.

Why this change?

These changes are the result of the new Union Customs Code (UCC). The aim is to gradually harmonise the customs entry process throughout the EU. The first process to be aligned is the one for bringing in goods at the 1st EU airport of entry.

More information can be found on 'UCC - Work Programme', the website of the European Commission.

Timetable for moving to the new ICS2 system specifications

  • Test facility available: 1 July 2022 to 14 February 2023
  • Starting date new process: 1 March 2023

In order to test the message exchange for the ENS and NA via the STI, a testing facility is available for software suppliers as of 1 July 2022.

Technical information

The new system specifications for the ENS and the NA at the 1st STI entry point are part of the new ICS2 Harmonised Trader Interface (ICS2-HTI).

These system specifications (ICS2-HTI) are available in 'ICS 2 Release 2: air cargo general, postal and express pre-arrival', the public online community. You will find these specifications in the folders:

  • ICS2 Common Functional System Specifications
  • ICS2 Common Technical System Specifications

For the latest updates and availability visit 'Dutch Customs National Helpdesk'.

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