Guide

Import Control System

Introduction

The Import Control System (ICS) is part of the EU-wide Automated Import System to facilitate import procedures so that traders only have to submit information once. The safety and security amendment to the European Community (EC) Customs Code requires that carriers - or their authorised representatives - lodge electronic entry summary declarations (ENS) at the first (air)port of entry into the customs territory of the EC at a prescribed time ahead of the arrival of the goods, even if the eventual destination of the cargo is outside of the EC.

Member states are responsible for performing risk analysis based on the ENS information and agreed EC risk profiles, and passing on the information to subsequent ports or airports for the vessel or aircraft's journey.

This guide explains ICS, including the rules and processes you will need to follow.