Safety and Security Declarations (ENS and EXS)

What is a Safety and Security Declaration?

A Safety and Security Declaration (SSD) is used by border authorities to analyse the potential risk caused to their territory by goods crossing their border. It is not about the duties and taxes. There are two types of declaration – ENS (entry summary declaration) and EXS (exit summary declaration).


The requirement for safety and security declarations on imports into GB from the EU (S&S GB) will no longer be required in July 2022. This requirement has been pushed back to the end of 2023.

Who is Responsible?

The ‘Carrier’ is responsible for submitting the Safety and Security Declaration. In RoRo (ferry) shipping for driver accompanied vehicles, this is the haulier. For unaccompanied trailers this is the ferry operator, BUT many ferry operators have passed this task back to their haulier customers. This means that hauliers need to submit SSDs into the EU or Northern Ireland Import Control System (ICS).

What Data Do I Need to Submit to the ICS?


  • Valid EORI number
  • Name and address
  • Reference number


  • Haulier (for driver accompanied vehicles)
  • Ferry Operator (for unaccompanied trailers)


  • Total number of packages and weight
  • Type of packages
  • Any marks and reference numbers

Route Information

  • Border entry point (name of port)
  • ETA time and date

Vehicle Details

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Trailer seal (if applicable)

Import Information

  • Importer EORI number
  • Description of goods
  • Tariff numbers