Ensure you are prepared for Import Control System 2 release 3

Customs filing requirements are changing for goods being imported to or transiting through the European Union. The third release of ICS2 went live on 3 June 2024 for maritime, and the deployment window of October 1, 2024, for Wallenius Wilhelmsen is fast approaching. Now is the time to start preparing and providing new data elements for your bookings from July 1st.


What is the impact?

To comply, you will need to provide additional elements and more detailed information for any shipments imported to or transiting the European Union on their way to other destinations.

Some of the most frequent elements include:

- A 6-digit Harmonized System Code (HS Code)

- A complete and accurate commercial description of the goods

- The EORI number of the consignee registered in the EU. We recommend providing for all parties involved that are registered in the EU.

- Additional details of parties involved (for instance, seller, buyer, the lowest bill of lading level consignee, consignor)

This list is provided as a courtesy (without guarantee) for your reference. You should refer to and rely on the actual regulations to make sure you are in compliance. Refer to European Commission’s website.

What are the risks of not being compliant?

EU customs may reject ENS declarations for lack of complete data. This could lead to shipments being held at EU ports, delays in clearing shipments, and/or possible administrative sanctions for non-compliance.

If any EU customs stop clearance of your Goods because declaration of goods is inadequate, all costs incurred by the carrier, terminal operator or related parties shall be for the customer account. Start gathering your data now and provide it with your shipment instructions.

For more information about how ICS2 - Release 3 affects you, please visit the European Commission's website.