Are you ready for the Import Control System 2?

At Blue Water we have prepared for ICS2 making us able to guide our customers safely through

How to comply with the Import Control System 2

To collect data about goods entering the EU, a new customs pre-arrival security and safety programme is implemented - Import Control System 2 (ICS2).

The new IT system aims to protect the market better through improved data-driven customs security processes adapted to global business models and risk management.

In brief, it means that you need to provide us with more detailed information upon you booking. It is mandatory for Blue Water to pass along this information to authorities.

Below you can read guidance on what you need to state when booking your transport and much more useful information.

As from 1 March 2023, air freight forwarders must provide the required information to the ICS2.

From 1 March 2024, also providers of road transport, rail transport and sea freight will follow and enter the ICS2 programme. 

A correct HS (Harmonised System) code of minimum six numbers must be stated upon booking.

The HS code is an internationally standardised system to describe and classify products. It is applied by Customs Authorities to identify commodities and require the correct customs and tax charges.

The description must be stated for each type of commodity sent by you. It must cover:

  • What is it? 
  • What is the product made of?
  • What is it intended for?

Sender must include a list of material composition e.g., a blouse can be made of 90% cotton and 10% wool.

The HS code and the product description must be informed upon booking to Blue Water. A pop-up will appear in MyBWS if booked through our booking system.

If the information is only stated in the invoice, it may delay your shipment until we have the right information for the Customs Authorities.

Receiver must inform the sender of EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification). The sender must include EORI number in the commercial invoice.

You can validate EORI number here.

All shipment sent to or transited through the EU* or Northern Ireland, Norway and Switzerland. 

*EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.