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Mitigating risk of customs clearance delays in the EU

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On 1 March 2023, the European Union rolled out Release 2 of their new large-scale advance cargo information system – the Import Control System 2 (ICS2). This information system supports the implementation of a new customs prearrival security and safety program in the EU, as well as in Northern Ireland, Norway and Switzerland.

ICS2 supports security and safety in the EU

The Taxation and Customs Union explains that ICS2 introduces efficient and effective capabilities that will:

  • Increase protection of EU citizens and the internal market against security and safety threats
  • Allow EU Customs authorities to better identify high-risk consignments and intervene at the most appropriate point in supply chain
  • Support proportionate, targeted customs measures at the external borders in crisis response scenarios
  • Facilitate cross-border clearance for the legitimate trade
  • Simplify the exchange of information between Economic Operators and EU Customs Authorities

12 EU Member States at risk for customs clearance delays

There are 12 EU Member States which have not yet connected to ICS2. These include Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Sweden. These 12 EU Member States will have until 30 June 2023 to transition to ICS2 Release 2.

With some of Europe’s largest air cargo hub airports being located in these states, the International Air Transport Association warns that this may cause customs clearance delays.

How Biocair is mitigating risk

Included in our standard shipping is support with regulatory compliance courtesy of our in-house quality and compliance team. Our team remains vigilant in adhering to new regulations, ensuring all required information is prepared ahead of the shipment. This includes:

  • Concise commodity descriptions
  • Accurate Harmonized System (HS) and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes entered on the master airway bill
  • EORI information (when available)
  • All required permits

Read more about Biocair's approach to mitigating risk in this conversation with our Global Quality and Compliance Manager, Sarah Pentney.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mark Holden

Mark Holden

Regional Operations Director (Europe and Africa)

Mark is responsible for the overall management of Biocair’s operations in mainland Europe and Africa. With over 20 years’ experience of building successful teams in the UK and Europe within express and specialist pharmaceutical logistics, Mark is ideally placed to understand the needs of customers and to develop the team and solutions required to ensure service excellence.


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