New EU Advanced Manifest ICS2 Requirements Effective March 1
Air freight shippers must submit line-item waybill info prior to shipment
Effective March 1, as part of a new customs pre-arrival security and safety program, the European Union will launch a large-scale advanced cargo information system, Import Control System (ICS2).
Under this new system, all air cargo destined to or transiting through the European Union, Switzerland, or Norway, requires line-item, electronic submission of all pre-arrival security filings to European customs authorities prior to shipment, including a detailed description of goods per commodity, the respective six-digit Harmonized System (HS) code, and the EORI Number for consignees at both the master air waybill and the house air waybill. It is imperative that all shippers with cargo destined to or transiting the European Union, Switzerland, or Norway provide the necessary data elements to comply with these new rules to avoid delays.
For more details, including AIT’s process updates in compliance with ICS2, please review the Q&A below.
Regardless of cargo value, shippers must electronically provide a detailed description of goods per commodity, as well as the respective Harmonized System code, prior to shipment. Freight forwarders (like AIT) are further required to provide shipment details pertaining to packaging, type of person, and payment terms in the electronic messages of the master and house air waybills.
Customs will then review the information submitted and, if appropriate, provide approval for cargo to depart origin. Cargo cannot depart until customs provides approval.
ICS2 will become effective on March 1, 2023, for all air cargo. However, the house air waybill requirement has been extended to July 1, 2023.
The new requirements will apply to ocean, road, and rail cargo effective March 1, 2024.
Under ICS2, shippers must provide the following cargo information:
- Parties (Carrier; Consignor/Shipper; Consignee; Additional Supply Chain Actors)
- Identification Number (EORI Number)
- Type of Person/Organization
- Complete Address
- Six-digit Harmonized System Code
- Commodity Description
- Whether a commodity is considered dangerous goods
- Mode of Transport
- Estimated Date and Time of Departure
- Actual Date and Time of Departure
- Estimated Date and Time of Arrival
- Countries of routing of means of transport
- Place of Acceptance
- Place of Delivery
- Place of Loading
- Place of Unloading
An Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number is required for importers in the European Union.
- Verify EORI numbers at Economic Operator Identification and Registration (europa.eu)
- Obtain an EORI number at National customs administrations (europa.eu)
In Switzerland and Norway where EORI is not commonly used, the local tax ID can be used for filing ICS2. For example, in Switzerland the UID can be used for filings.