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ICS2 Release 3 Update

by | May 31, 2024 | News & Media

The deadline for complying with the European Union’s (EU) Import Control System (ICS2) Release 3 has been postponed from March 1, 2024, to June 3, 2024. This applies to most companies transporting goods by sea, inland waterways, road, and rail into the EU.

What is ICS2?  

ICS2 is a system that helps EU countries track goods entering the region. It requires companies shipping goods to the EU to electronically submit the shipment before arrival. This helps customs officers identify potential security risks, safety hazards, and ensure the correct taxes are paid.

Current Status of ICS2

  • Release 1 (March 2021): Effective for all courier and postal services in air transport.
  • Release 2 (March 2023): Currently in effect for all general air freight and economic operators transporting goods by sea, inland waterways, road and rail.
  • Release 3
    • 3 June 2024: Maritime and inland waterways carriers. 
    • 4 December 2024: Maritime and inland waterways house level fliers. 
    • 1 April 2025: Road and rail carriers. 


ICS2 Release 3 Chart


What do you need to be compliant?

  • File an ENS (Entry Summary Declaration). This is required for all cargo moving to or via the EU, including imports, in-transit, and transshipment movements.
  • Obtain an EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification). Both carriers and importers need an EORI number to file ENS declarations.
  • Prepare accurate cargo information. This includes details like product descriptions, HS codes, container information, and transport charges.

For a detailed breakdown of the requirements and practical tips to ensure you’re fully prepared for the upcoming June 3rd deadline, refer to our previous article: Air Freight Shippers: Are you ICS2 Compliant?

Current Status of Data Needed

  • Adresses
    • Consignor 
    • Consignee including EORI number, if available) 
    • Declarant (including EORI number) 
    • Buyer and seller
  • Supplementary declarant (EORI of House-Filers for Multiple Filing) 
  • Single weight (gross) and number of packages 
  • Adequate descriptions of the goods 
  • 6 digit-HS-code 
  • Bill of Lading Number (House and Master)


Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late! 

While specific penalty amounts haven’t been released yet, non-compliance with ICS2 can lead to substantial fines from EU member states. Additionally, rejected filings could result in cargo delays, demurrage charges, or even “Do Not Load” holds. Stay informed and don’t risk interruptions to your import flow.

ICS2 Timetable


Still have questions? 

Our Dimerco freight specialists are here to help. If you’re shipping goods from Asia into the EU, we can help you navigate ICS2 compliance for a smooth transition. Contact us today.