Kewill extends new Import Control System

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Kewill has gone live with the new Import Control System (ICS) in both France and the Czech Republic.

It is exchanging real-time data on behalf of its customers with local customs authorities, and is ready to do the same for the UK and Poland.

ICS is a mandatory electronic customs procedure, designed to improve security by providing advance visibility of shipments into Europe. It replaces an existing paper-based process and requires detailed information on goods to be submitted electronically, prior to arrival within the European Community.

The system went live in Austria and Germany in January.

Kewill’s Jacquie Boast said: “ICS has presented a major challenge for all involved, with each individual country having issued separate specifications.”

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