Descartes Acquires e-customs
Descartes has acquired e-customs, a leading provider of electronic customs filing solutions in the UK. e-customs’ cloud-based solutions provide both shippers and logistics service providers with a wide range of customs capabilities to cost effectively comply with UK fiscal filing and security filing requirements.
Descartes’ strategy is focused on growing and operating the most complete and interoperable global Logistics Technology Platform. Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform uniquely combines the Global Logistics Network, a wide range of modular and interoperable wired and wireless logistics applications and the largest community of logistics-intensive companies in the world. The acquisition advances Descartes’ strategic objective to strengthen its global presence and leadership position by:
- Increasing the scale of Descartes’ network with additional UK security and fiscal customs filing transactions;
- Strengthening Descartes’ Customs and Compliance application footprint by enhancing its services for the UK market as part of its multi-country EU customs compliance platform; and
- Growing Descartes’ global multi-modal logistics community with over 200 logistics-intensive customers in the UK.
Expanding Descartes’ GLN
Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN) is the foundation on which the applications and community are built. The GLN provides community members the flexibility to easily connect and collaborate with global trading partners. The e-customs acquisition increases the scale of Descartes’ network in the UK with additional security and fiscal customs filing transactions.
Strengthening Descartes’ offering of logistics management applications
Descartes’ product strategy is focused on expanding its logistics application functional footprint to provide its customers with the most comprehensive logistics management solutions in the industry. e-customs has been developing its feature-rich, UK customs compliance platform for more than 14 years. The acquisition will strengthen Descartes’ Customs and Regulatory Compliance platform with additional functionality and a broader set of services for manufacturers, retailers, distributors and logistics service providers in the UK market.
Growing Descartes’ global multi-modal logistics community
Descartes’ logistics community is the largest multi-modal network of logistics intensive companies in the world, with over 200,000 parties using its cloud-based services in over 160 countries. It is Descartes’ mission to create the world’s most comprehensive networked logistics community. The acquisition will add over 200 shipper and logistics service provider customers to Descartes’ community.
e-customs’ provides cloud-based solutions to help both manufacturers, retailers, distributors and logistics service providers cost-effectively comply with UK and fiscal security filing requirements. e-customs’ modular offering is designed to reduce complexity, increase automation, and help to make the end-to-end customs declaration process easy. Importers and exporters can leverage default and client-specific standing data, declaration templates, historical filings, on-screen tips and system validations to increase speed and accuracy in the filing process. The acquisition makes e-customs’ customers members of the world’s premier global logistics community – The Global Logistics Network – facilitating improved performance and productivity of logistics operations around the world. As part of this community e-customs’ customers will have access to additional solutions via Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform to improve rate management, dock appointment scheduling, transportation management, routing and scheduling, and in-transit inventory visibility. e-customs is based in the UK with offices in Leatherhead, Ringwood and Wigan. For more information, visit the e-customs website at www.e-customs.com.