THE European Commission says the air cargo industry must prepare to submit advanced shipment information before loading, reports London's Air Cargo News.
The commission says that the new rules mean that all forwarders, air carriers, express couriers, and postal operators transporting goods to or through the European Union, including Norway and Switzerland, will be required to submit advance cargo information in the form of a complete entry summary declaration (ENS) as part of the second phase of the new customs pre-arrival security and safety programme - Import Control System 2 (ICS2) Release 2.
The commission said that companies are strongly advised to prepare in advance for Release 2, in order to avoid the risk of delays and non-compliance.
The information previously needed be submitted four hours before arrival, but will now need to be input before shipments are loaded onto an aircraft.
"By collecting data about all goods entering the EU prior to their loading and arrival, ICS2 supports effective risk-based customs controls while facilitating free flow of legitimate trade across the EU's external borders," the commission said.
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