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    • Temporary Embargo – Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)

      Last updated: May 16, 2023, 12:00p.m. CST

      The Valuable Air cargo Center (VAC) at the Frankfurt International Airport is closed temporarily for technical adjustments and settings to ensure the highest level of protection and security at FRA. The processing of High Value shipments will be prohibited, and American Airlines Cargo will implement the following restriction:

      High Value/VAL shipments from, to, or through FRA:


      • All outbound and inbound Freight, PPS, and Mail, excluding MRX/AOG Comat.

      • Effective: Monday, May 15, 2023, 12:00 p.m. (CST)
      • Expires: Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 23:59 (CST)

    • New requirements for all imports to, and shipments in transit through, the EU effective March 1

      Last updated: February 22, 2023, 12:00p.m. CST

      Effective March 1, 2023, the European Union is implementing a new and mandatory customs Pre-Loading and Pre-Arrival safety and security program. The foundation of the program is a large-scale advanced cargo information system: Import Control System 2 (ICS2). Please note that ICS2 applies to all cargo and mail with a destination within or transit via the EU, as well as Switzerland and Norway, even if the final destination is not a part of the EU. (For example, a shipment from Asia to the UK, where the goods are transiting via any EU country.)

      Due to this new program, American Airlines Cargo will require the full FWB and FHL data before acceptance in order to fulfill a carrier's responsibility regarding the pre-loading filing (PLACI):

      • • The FWB and FHL messages must include the 6-digit Harmonization Commodity Codes (HS codes) and the consignee's Economic Registration and Identification Number (EORI) for EU-bound goods at the lowest level.

        For more detailed information on “Import Control System 2 (ICS 2)” please refer to the Customs Security page on the European Commission website.