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Air Cargo: EU’s New Security Reporting Requirements

Air Cargo: EU’s New Security Reporting Requirements

The EU will be requiring pre-loading and pre-arrival data for all cargo transported by air to the EU (plus Norway and Switzerland) by March 1st, 2023.

This is the second release of the Import Control System 2 (ICS2) that aims at preventing the transport of Improvised Explosive Devices IED/IID in cargo. The first release of the ICS2 introduced the requirement of pre-loading data and covered postal and express parcels only.

What is the advance information to be provided? And when?

PRE-LOADING ADVANCE CARGO INFORMATION (PLACI) is a set of information to be filed to the destination EU member via ICS2. The information filed is referred to as PLACI data and is based on the 7+1 data set by the World Customs SAFE Framework of Standards (WCO SAFE FoS).

As per the ICS2, the PLACI standard data is as follows:

  1. Shipper Name
  2. Shipper Address
  3. Consignee Name *EORI number required
  4. Consignee Address
  5. Cargo Description *with 6-digit HTS
  6. Total Quantity
  7. Total Weight

+1. Air Waybill Number

The PLACI information is to be filed prior to loading onto the aircraft at the last airport before entering the EU Customs territory.

Pre-Loading risk assessment

Upon filing of the PLACI information a risk analysis process will review the data and provide one of the following status messages:

  1. Approved to Load
  2. Request for Information
  3. Request for Screening
  4. Do Not Load

Who is responsible for filing?

This release will expand the obligation to include all air cargo; air carriers/freight forwarders will be the responsible party for submitting advance cargo information. However, the filer may have to rely on the exporter for certain pieces of information.

EORI and 6-Digit HTS

While most of the information that needs to be filed is readily available to the freight forwarder or air carrier, there are two points of data (Consignee EORI and 6-Digit HTS) that may be harder to come by. 

If the freight forwarder or air carrier do not know the EORI number or 6-Digit HTS, shipments will be delayed while the filers work to locate the missing information.

Ensuring commercial invoices include the EORI number (they should already have the HTS) should go a long way towards minimizing potential delays in filing.

If you would like further information regarding ICS2, how it may impact your shipments, or any other trade related matters please contact Allyn International at


Contributor: Mohamad Fakhreddin

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  • European Commission, Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, (2022). ICS2: release 2: new requirements for bringing goods by air to or through the EU, Publications Office of the European Union. Last accessed on Feb 2nd, 2023, from:


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