New ICS Procedures in Europe

Under Europe’s Community Customs Code a new Import Control System (ICS) will come into effect on January 1st, 2011 within the EU (and also Switzerland and Norway). ICS is an electronic security management system which enables customs authorities to assess the security risk on imports by analysing electronic data prior to the physical arrival of the shipment. This new regulation applies to all modes of transport (air, road, sea, and rail) and will apply to all shipments originating outside of the 27 EU member states plus Switzerland and Norway.

Royale Asia will ensure all such data is transferred to the relevant authorities in the required timeframes and not require any additional data input from our customers. The new system may initially result in more frequent security checks as customs authorities are currently operating on high alert levels but we have taken all the required steps to ensure a smooth transition.