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New ICS2 security regulations: how to prepare?

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Currently, the European Commission is urging the air cargo industry to prepare for the new ICS2 security regulations. These rules will take effect in March 2023, requiring air cargo carriers to submit advanced shipment information before loading. Air cargo carriers must follow these new regulations in addition to existing frameworks. What do the new rules entail? What do they mean for the air cargo industry? And what are the tools that air cargo carriers can use to boost air cargo security and comply with the new rules? Read all about it in this article.

The new ICS2 security regulations explained

According to the European Commission (EC), the new rules require all freight forwarders, air carriers, express couriers, and postal operators transporting goods to or through the European Union (EU), including Norway and Switzerland, to submit advance cargo information as a complete entry summary declaration (ENS).The ENS is part of the second phase of the new customs pre-arrival security and safety program “Import Control System 2 (ICS2) Release 2.”

The information previously needed to be submitted four hours before arrival, but it will now have to be input before shipments are loaded onto an aircraft. The main goal of the new regulatory framework according to the EC? “By collecting data about all goods entering the EU prior to their loading and arrival, ICS2 supports effective risk-based customs controls while at the same time facilitating free flow of legitimate trade across the European Union’s external borders.”

What do they mean to the air cargo industry?

Starting 1 March 2023, economic operators handling, shipping, and transporting cargo to or via the EU by air must comply with new data reporting requirements for pre-loading and pre-arrival customs risk assessments. The ENS allows no deviations. The required data accuracy will be stricter. Previously, either the goods description or four digits of the HS code were needed for the entry summary declaration. In the future, operators must provide all six digits of the HS code.
Another change allows airlines to submit only the basic information. The forwarders and logistics providers can add the more sensitive details to the shared trader interface at a later date. This provides competitive protection for forwarders as they are not sharing customer details with the carriers.

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How to prepare for ICS2 security regulations

Air cargo carriers should check in advance how much business processes need updating to comply with the new import control system regulations. Additionally, they should determine if employees need training to handle the new rules properly.

Increased digitalization and automation help you manage the new ICS2 regulations more professionally and with fewer errors. The Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) system in the UAE is a great example of a digitalization project that enhances air cargo security. It adds an extra security layer that complies with principles set by the International Civil Aviation Organization and World Customs Organization. The result? Harmonization of crucial standards across the air cargo industry and a format that effectively helps you handle ICS2 rules and challenges.

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