Thursday, June 17, 2010

UK Freight Association Announce Import Control Seminar Dates

HM Customs and BIFA to Advise on ICS Implementation
Shipping News Feature

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) are to partner HM Revenue and Customs in hosting a series of country wide events aimed at clarifying the forthcoming Phase 1 of the Import Control System (ICS), the first phase of the wider AIS (Automated Imports System). Seminars will be held in September in Belfast, Manchester, the East Midlands and Liverpool and attendance should be seriously considered by all shipping groups and freight forwarders.

The European Commission had a vision to provide fully electronic customs on a level playing field across the European Union. The plan to implement this Vision is called the MASP - The Multi Annual Strategic Plan and will take in excess of ten years to become fully functional. It requires a mixture of legal, procedural and technological systems to achieve this goal of which the Import Control System (ICS) is one. ICS Phase 1 is the first phase of the wider AIS (Automated Imports System).

ICS Phase 1 introduces the requirement for electronic pre-arrival information to be provided to the customs authorities on all goods entering or passing through the customs territory of the Community. This information will be submitted to the relevant customs administration via an electronic Entry Summary Declaration (ENS).

Full guidance notes for the application of the Import Control System can be downloaded HERE.

Dates and venues for the seminars are as follows:

Belfast 10th September: The Mission to Seafarers, Prince's Dock Street, Belfast. BT1 3AA. (10:30 hrs)

Manchester 13th September: The Premier Inn, Runger Lane, Wilmslow Road, Manchester Airport. M90 5DL (10:30 hrs)

Midlands 14th September: The office of the East Midlands Airport Authority, Building 34, East Midlands International Airport, Castle Donington, Derby. DE74 2SA (10:30 hrs)

Liverpool 15th September: The office of Mersey Maritime, Monk's Ferry, Birkenhead. CH41 5LH (10:30 hrs)

Interested parties should apply to BIFA Regional Representative, Paul Young on