EC urges air cargo industry to prep for new regulations expected by early next year

Starting March 2023, submitting advanced shipment information will be required before air cargo is loaded, for all goods passing via the European Union (EU) including Norway and Switzerland. The European Commission (EC) is urging the air cargo industry to prep for the new security regulations. As part of the second phase of the new customs pre-arrival security and safety programme – Import Control System 2 (ICS2) Release 2, all freight forwarders, air carriers, express couriers, and postal operators will be required to file the cargo information in advance in the form of entry summary declaration.

As of now, this information needs to be submitted 4 hours prior to cargo arrival, however, with the new regulations in place, it will have to be submitted before the cargo is loaded onto an airplane. The EC is requesting all the freight forwarders, air carriers, express couriers, and postal operators to prepare for the new regulations to avoid any delays and non-compliance issues. They can either submit the information themselves or have the airlines do it on their behalf.

By collecting data about all goods entering the EU prior to their loading and arrival, ICS2 supports effective risk-based customs controls while facilitating free flow of legitimate trade across the EU’s external borders,”

European Commission

Under the ICS2 Phase 1, the postal operators could provide only partial information regarding inbound shipments, but with Phase 2, they will also be mandated to provide all information.

A conformance testing environment will be available from July 2022 until February 2023, to help the economic operator verify their ability to access and exchange messages with customs authorities through the intended ICS2 trader interface.

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