Truck and Track Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023 Truck and Track 31 DESCARTES™ Additionally, documentation about the ICS2 cites several further benefits: transparency that enables EU customs officials to better identify high-risk consignments and intervene at the most appropriate point in the supply chain; supporting proportionate targeted customs measures at the external borders in crisis scenarios; facilitating cross border clearance for legitimate trade; and simplifying the exchange of information between EOs and EU Customs Authorities. Most of the supply chain is affected by ICS2 legislation. This includes express carriers; freight forwarding and logistics companies; postal operators inside and outside the EU; air cargo carriers; maritime, road and road transport carriers; the final consignee that is established in the EU; and representatives of all affected EOs. What is more, as the EU implements this system, it is key for the wider value chain to be aware of the key release dates and deadlines. For example, release one took place in March 2021; it affected air express pre-loading and postal air pre-loading. Release two came in during March 2023 and applied to air general cargo, air express full and postal by air full. The next important deadline is around the corner: 1 March 2024 – it sets out guidance for the maritime, road and rail sectors. They, too, will have to provide the necessary information to directly affected economic operators. The UK’s Border Target Operating Model: next key deadline – 31 October 2023 As many are aware, when the UK left the EU in 2020 it became responsible for designing and managing its own border arrangements. Since then, this has involved driving change that is based on technology to simplify and streamline import and export processes for business. As a result, the UK has created the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) – which has introduced improvements in sanitary, phytosanitary and security controls on imports. It also forms part of the UK’s 2025 UK Border Strategy, emphasising technological transformation. What is key to know at this stage is that BTOM is demanding technological and process change of all industries that it touches. It is driving this change in a phased approach to try and give all parties affected a chance to adapt. This change affects hauliers and freight companies alike and there are some key