EU

First phase of new EU import control system comes into operation

The European Commission has launched its new import control system (ICS2), a major reinforcement of the Customs Union’s ‘first line of defence’ against security and safety threats posed by illicit traffic in goods across the EU’s external borders. In its first phase, ICS2 will focus on postal and express consignments coming to or through the EU by air, before eventually being applied to all modes of cargo transport. ICS2 is the new advance cargo risk management platform at the heart of the reform of the EU’s Customs Pre-arrival Safety and Security programme.