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EU Regulation 1875/2006 Import Control System Recap
About the pre-arrival filing provisions for all EU bound cargo on aircraft or vessels which becomes a legal obligation as of 1st January 2011, ICS (Import Control System) is the electronic security declaration system for the importation of goods into the European Union.
Air and Ocean Carriers are responsible to transmit an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to the first EU Customs entry point considering the following time limits:


Long haul flights (more than 4 hours): 4 hours prior to arrival at the first EU- Airport
Short haul flights (less than 4 hours); latest actual take-off


Deep sea container transport; 24 hours before loading
Short sea container transport; 2 hours before arrival at the first EU port
Bulk/break bulk; 4 hours before arrival at the first EU port

This applies for all cargo import and transit in an EU airport/ port as well as for freight remaining on board (FROB).

Please note that Norway and Switzerland will adopt the same rule.

Air / Ocean carriers will transmit one single ENS per Master Airwaybill / Bill of Lading. Upon receipt, a risk assessment will be applied on the ENS data.

Identified risks will be structured as follows:
Risk Type A:  Do not load (applies for deep sea container traffic only)
Risk Type B: Examination of the shipment at the first point of entry
Risk Type C:   Examination of the shipment at the port of discharge

To ensure that the ENS is filed in due time, air carriers will require complete shipment data prior to loading.   For ocean, the carriers will require complete shipment data 48-72 hours prior to loading.

Therefore it is essential that you send the following data elements within the appropriate time frame (24-48 hours prior to shipment lodgements):

For Airfreight For Ocean freight
Number of packages Number of packages
Cargo gross weight Cargo gross weight
Goods description Goods description
At least 4 digits of the HTS Code At least 4 digits of the HTS Code
UN dangerous goods code (if applicable) Container number (for FCL shipments)
Shipper information-detailed address Seal number (for FCL shipments)
Consignee information –detailed address data UN dangerous goods code (if applicable)
SLAC Count (Shipper Load & Count)
Payment code (pp or cc)

The new rule requires considerable investments in IT infrastructure and new processes have to be established. Therefore an ENS filing fee will come into effect. These costs as well as potential costs in relation to risk types B and C (terminal handling customs examination) have to be passed on to the owner of the goods.

We will keep you informed about the Import Control System and any associated additional costs in due time.