Champ assists 50 companies for EU’s ICS

Champ Cargosystems says more than 50 carriers and ground handling customers, across five continents, are now complying with the European Union Import Control System (EU ICS) requirements implemented on 1 January 2011, using its advance customs information (ACI) solution. In Europe, Champ supports 20 countries currently implementing EU ICS and is moving to the next […]


Champ Cargosystems says more than 50 carriers and ground handling customers, across five continents, are now complying with the European Union Import Control System (EU ICS) requirements implemented on 1 January 2011, using its advance customs information (ACI) solution. In Europe, Champ supports 20 countries currently implementing EU ICS and is moving to the next phase when it will support interfaces to all 27 member states, plus Norway and Sweden, which are also implementing EU ICS. Even though EU ICS is a pan-European initiative each member state is responsible for implementing it and this has resulted in 27 different sets of requirements for the carriers to comply with, adding an additional layer of complexity. “Most states place the responsibility for complying with ACI legislation with the carrier. The challenge for our customers – carriers and ground handlers – is to efficiently meet the different requirements of the 27 countries across Europe,” said James Fernandez, VP sales and marketing at Champ . “One of the biggest benefits of the Champ service is that it acts as a single interface to various customs organisations, saving significant time and money. It is costly for carriers to do this themselves, particularly those based outside the EU. With Champ, the community of customers is able to deal directly with the various custom officials in the local language, helping to overcome barriers of time, geography and culture.” Fernandez added: “While most parties involved in supporting EU ICS acknowledge there have been challenges, overall it is a success and is a vital component in securing global supply chains. With the next series of requirements for global security conformance coming to fruition, we all need to draw on the experience of the EU, and recognise valuable lessons. Most importantly, good communication, understanding and collaboration between the various parties play as significant a role in the successful deployment and adoption of ACI as the essential IT systems and services that support them.”