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Import Control System 2 (ICS 2)

Impacting all shipments to or via EU as of March 1st, 2023

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Lufthansa Cargo is prepared for the implementation!

As of March 1st 2023, the European Union will be implementing “Import Control System 2 (ICS2)” – Release 2, a new customs Pre-Loading security and safety program to reinforce customs risk management in an integrated EU approach.

ICS 2 is relevant for all air cargo and airmail with origin in a third (non-EU) country with destination or transit in the EU. Lufthansa Cargo will only transport shipments that have received the clearance by authorities. Otherwise, we are forced to hold shipments until all required actions as indicated by authorities are performed.

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Further detailed information on “Import Control System 2 (ICS 2)” can be found at the following EU-link:

ICS2 D13_3 1 Process compliance

How we ensure process compliance from our side

We actively participate in the ICS 2 working groups of EU and IATA

We invest in adapted processes and updated IT landscape

We offer customer Q&A sessions in order to jointly prepare for ICS 2

We offer the option for multiple filing as set under ICS2

ICS2 D13_3 2 contribute to implementation

What is required from you, to jointly ensure the ICS2 compliance

Provide the mandatory HS codes and consignee EORI where assigned

Provide electronic data for a timely ICS 2 filing

Provide meaningful and complete data such as the goods description, also on HAWB level. The better the data, the lower risk for authority questions on the shipments

Contact us for the required alignment on the multiple filing option

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From when will the PLACI-data become mandatory?

Import Control System 2 will be introduced as of 01st March 2023 for all shipments (general cargo and airmail) destined for or transiting the European Union.
Lufthansa Cargo requests the provision of the mandatory data as of 01st January 2023 in order to ensure a smooth implementation of the required reporting processes.

At what point in time will Lufthansa Cargo send the PLACI data to EU customs?

Immediately after relevant data is available to us (FWB/FHL).
In case of electronic data transmission, the PLACI is triggered automatically by IT and ensures a reply by EU customs before goods are handed over to Lufthansa Cargo.
In the case of paper shipments, the PLACI-data can only be sent after goods acceptance.

When should customers send the mandatory data to Lufthansa Cargo for further processing?

As early as dependable data is available and before goods acceptance.

What format should be used for the data transmission to Lufthansa Cargo?

Ideally Cargo XML is used as it is a better vehicle for all data required. Cargo IMP will still be accepted. A guide detailing in which field the data should be sent in will be published shortly.

What happens with the PLACI-data once it is sent to EU customs?

A risk analysis process is triggered at the moment of receipt of the ENS (Entry Summary Declaration) filing containing the required PLACI data. The PLACI risk assessment is only focused on the detection of an immediate risk to aviation.

Will LH be utilizing the IATA standardized format for messaging and transmission of the EU-ICS2 resolutions?

Yes, we will be submitting to our provider in CXML, however still accepting CIMP, whilst of course preferring CXML in GHA and customer messaging to us as carrier.

Will LH be pushing for EDI/eAWB transmission from forwarders and expect participation percentages?

Transmission to us has been and will continue to be pushed, eAWB is already covering most of our shipments. The earlier we have the data, the better.

Will LH be amenable to adjusting cargo acceptance cutoff times to accommodate the new preloading requirements to reduce the impact of EU RFI and DNLs on the operation?

Currently not planned and we don’t expect it will be necessary.

What will be the procedure for handling cargo that has flown in error under an RFI or DNL hold?

To be handled by central referral handling team and first point of entry in the EU.

What happens in case one HAWB under a shipment has a referral? Will rest of the shipment fly?

Even if only one HAWB has a referral pending we will hold the entire shipment until cleared.

Is EORI# required for ICS2? or TSD requirement? If for TSD, can it be required afterwards, meaning different timeline from explained?

EORI is not a mandatory field for ICS2, but business rule says that if the consignee has been assigned an EORI number to also submit it in the filing. So in the end it is an ICS2 requirement and will also be a TSD requirement in future.

What's the case if the EORI is not available? If the final destination is a non-EU country, will EORI not be mandatory?

If the consignee does not have an EORI number (e.g. private person or small entity), the EORI number is not required. If consignee is in a Non-Eu country, then third country unique trader identification number to be provided, if assigned.

If a BUP has been accepted and got the request for re-screening, what will be the procedure and who will be responsible for the extra cost?

Depending on the Origin Station and local authority regulations: Offer to perform the extra screening against a fee or return to customer.

Is it mandatory to send all HS codes in a shipment (could be ranging from 1 to 1.000) or just a limited set?

The requirement expects LCAG to provide all HS Codes, meaning every single one contained in the shipment or HAWB.