ICS2: Entry by Sea: what is the planning?

The process of Entry by Sea is changing. On this page, we will keep you updated on the planning of the Import Control System 2 (ICS2). The planning has changed. We have set out the new dates below.

Availability and transition period ICS2

The Netherlands will implement the third release of ICS2 on 1 March 2024.

Until 3 June 2024, the current process in the Netherlands will remain unchanged and the ENS will be done through ICS1.

You can log on to ICS2 from 3 June 2024 for filing the Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). This only applies to goods entering the EU by sea with the Netherlands as country of entry.

There is a transition period (deployment window):

  • For carriers, 3 June 2024 to 4 December 2024
  • For house filers from 4 December 2024 to 1 April 2025

Self-Conformance Test is mandatory

To join ICS2, you need to pass a Self-Conformance Test. You can take the test from around mid-December. We will inform you about the exact date once it is confirmed.

Go to 'ICS2 Conformance Testing Documentation' (CIRCABC) and read the requirements for your test plan.

Email your test plan when the time comes to the post box OSWO-DOUANE-Support@douane.nl.

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