Important notification - EU Import Control System 2 (ICS2)

AlertsDec - 02, 2022
The European Union is implementing a new customs pre-acceptance and pre-arrival security and safety programme, underpinned by a large-scale advance cargo information system: Import Control System 2 (ICS2).

ICS2 is the automated entry process that applies to all cargo to and via the EU. This process monitors the security of the EU´s external border. Automation of the process should also ensure that data can be exchanged more efficiently between the carrier and EU member states.

ICS2 applies to all cargo and mail with a destination within – or transit via – the EU.
Note: not applicable to intra-European transport.

The system requires customs pre-acceptance and pre-arrival security and safety clearance. The new requirements will become mandatory effective 1 March 2023.

We are preparing for this new requirement by adapting the existing processes and systems in order to ensure full compliance. The successful introduction of the changes required by the ICS2 regulation will depend on your active participation and compliance.

ICS2 additional messaging conditions

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo requires the full FWB (and FHL) data prior to acceptance to fulfill the carrier's responsibility regarding the pre-loading filing.

Your FWB and FHL messages must include the 6-digit Harmonisation Commodity Codes (HS codes) for EU-bound goods at HAWB level. For profiling purposes and mandatory ICS2 reporting to EU customs authorities, FWB/FHL messages must be transmitted to Air France KLM Martinair Cargo before handover of the goods.

To ensure the smooth implementation of this new regulation, we kindly request that you include these new data elements in your FWB and FHL messages as of 15 December 2022. It is crucial for the additional information to be entered into the appropriate Harmonised Commodity Code fields.

Please note that failure to provide this additional information by 1 March 2023, may lead to non-acceptance of the goods at the station of origin.

Furthermore, to facilitate the transition, we encourage all our customers to sign up for an “eAWB-agreement”. Please refer to this page on our website for more relevant information, including the eAWB agreement.

For technical questions related to the ICS2 messaging conditions, please contact our eFreight team via email:

For more detailed information on “Import Control System 2 (ICS 2)” please refer to the website of the European Commission.

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