On the 1 January this year, the Import Control System (ICS) became effective across the EU. Carriers are now required to provide pre-arrival information in a specified format for all cargo entering the EU regardless of the eventual destination of the cargo.
In the early stages of the ICS, the European Commission proposed an initial period of leniency of a couple of months for businesses to test their systems and correct any errors.
However, it has now been decided to extend that period of leniency 30 June 2011 or until the EU Commission instructs otherwise because of continuing IT problems.
The EU has also advised that those that are not trying to comply with the ICS will now face identification and civil penalties.
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