EU implements new level of security
A new a security management system for the importation of goods into the European Union (EU) is now in force.
Dubbed the "Import Control System" (ICS), it is the first phase implementation of the EU-wide Automated Import System (AIS). ICS implements the EU safety and security legislation that requires carriers to submit cargo data electronically four hours prior to arriving in the EU regardless of eventual destination.
The data is submitted to Customs in an “Entry Summary Declaration” (ENS) at the first EU airport of entry by the airline carrying the goods, and the ENS will include details that identify the cargo, the agents involved in the movement and the carrier's proposed route into and across the EU.
ICS information is then assessed against a set of common risk criteria and be available to other EU member airports as required.