Release 3 of the Import Control System 2 (ICS2) will come into force on 3 June 2024

Every year trillions of Euros worth of goods are imported into EU, with the EU-27 now accounting for around 15 % of the world’s trade in goods. The European Union is implementing a new customs pre-arrival security and safety programme, underpinned by a large-scale advance cargo information system – Import Control System 2 (ICS2). ICS2 is a new IT system created to collect data about all goods entering the EU prior to their arrival. Economic Operators (EOs) will have to declare safety and security data to ICS2, through the Entry Summary Declaration (ENS).

The system is designed to more effectively protect the single market and European citizens through new customs security and safety measures while facilitating the free flow of legitimate trade.

Under the third release of the European Union’s customs pre-arrival safety and security system – Import Control System 2 – all goods transported on maritime and inland waterways, roads, and railways, to or through the EU, including postal and express consignments, will be subject to new requirements.

Who is directly affected by ICS2?

ICS2 Milestones

ICS2 Release 3 Timeline


Economic Operators are not ready in time?

  • Consignments and freight will be stopped at the EU customs borders.
  • The goods in question will not be cleared by the customs authorities.
  • Inadequate declarations will either be rejected or subject to intervention, with possible sanctions imposed for non-compliance.

Get the necessary digital certificates from the certificate authority to authenticate your identity

1 – One certificate to seal the message (defined in the CTSS – interface control document). This:

  • must be obtained from an approved certificate authority listed in the LOTL;
  • is owned by the Sender and linked to the Sender’s EORI; and
  • should be registered in the national/central Unified User Management and Digital Signatures (UUM&DS) system. This system provides you with secure authorised access to the EU customs electronic systems.

2 – A Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate to encrypt the https connection. This:

  • must be obtained from a trusted commercial certificate authority;
  • will be used at the transport layer (https) for identification purposes; and
  • doesn’t need to be registered in the UUM&DS system.

ICS2 release 3 – Technical Factsheet


Keep goods moving!

Get TrustPro QTSP Qualified eSeal and Advanced eSeal to pass UUM&DS verification and encrypt all AS4 messages

European Commission, Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, ICS2, Release 3 – Prepare your business for sending goods to or via the EU by sea and inland waterways, Publications Office of the European Union, 2023,

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