Leading Broker & Freight Forwarder Achieves Compliance and Provides Value Added Services Using Descartes’ Solutions

Founded in 1941 in Savannah, Georgia, John S. James Co. is a leader in the international freight forwarding and customs brokerage industries with substantial expertise in customs document preparation and cargo coordination in the global trade arena. To ensure compliance with the March 31, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deadline for mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) for certain entry types, John S. James is using Descartes OneView™ Custom House Broker (Descartes OneView™ CHB) solution.

Why Descartes for ACE Customs Entry Compliance

Descartes’ customs compliance and global trade content solutions help organizations deliver brokerage and freight forwarding services that ensure goods flow seamlessly despite changing regulatory requirements. With Descartes OneView™ CHB, brokers and freight forwarders are ready to meet the CBP ACE compliance mandates as they come into effect. In addition, Descartes offers complementary services such as Denied Party Screening (DPS) and global trade content to help organizations vet potential trading partners and minimize the duties and tariffs they pay.

ACE Entry Summary Software Improves Speed and Accuracy of U.S. Customs Filings Submitting Entry, Entry Summary and PGA data

Descartes OneView™ CHB is an enterprise-level application that improves the speed and accuracy of submitting entry and Partner Government Agency (PGA) data to the CBP ACE system-of-record. Using the solution, organizations can receive and react to responses and customs status messages by exception, and automatic notifications of rejections, intensive exams, requests for electronic invoices, Temporary Importation Bonds (TIBs) expiration notices and more.

Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

ACE is the U.S. government’s single window to trade that enables businesses to better communicate to CBP and PGAs through a centralized platform. CBP announced that select entries and entry summaries are required through ACE beginning March 31, 2016. This includes Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for Lacey Act compliance and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data associated with the required ACE entry filings.

CBP recently issued a notice that states that filers should submit all available electronic entries and entry summaries, with or without Partner Government Agency (PGA) data, in ACE. The notice also clarified that, in short, the only entries permitted to be filed in the legacy Automated Commercial System (ACS) are quota entries, and those with PGA requirements other than NHTSA and Lacey Act obligations. For more information, we encourage you to refer to the Descartes ACE Resource Center.

John S. James Descartes Solution Overview

John S. James has a long history with Descartes and uses a number of Descartes solutions. In addition to Descartes OneView™ CHB, the company uses Descartes OneView™ Forwarder Enterprise to streamline the management of complex transportation and financial processes for inbound and outbound shipments across multiple modes of transport; Descartes MK Denied Party Screening™ to screen its customers’ supply chain participants against a comprehensive international database of denied, sanctioned or restricted parties; and Descartes CustomsInfo™ to access the world’s largest repository of classification data, duties, taxes, customs rulings and regulations.

To learn more about John S. James, please visit http://www.johnsjames.com.

Featured Descartes Products

Descartes OneView™ CHB – Featuring a dashboard-driven interface specifically designed for customs brokers, Descartes’ industry leading enterprise-level application improves operational efficiency and improves compliance with CBP and PGA requirements.

Descartes OneView™ Forwarder Enterprise – Non-vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) and Third-party Logistics Service Providers (3PLs) can better coordinate air and ocean import/export shipments from within one advanced application. A full-featured accounting solution also helps companies maximize productivity and accuracy.

Descartes MK Denied Party Screening™ (Descartes MK DPS™) – Descartes’ solution provides a number of options to screen customers, suppliers and trading partners against a comprehensive database of restricted, denied and sanctioned party lists to reduce risk.

Descartes CustomsInfo™ - With a vast database of over 6 million reference documents, trade-related regulations, rulings, duties, taxes, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and more, our solution provides customers with more accurate landed cost information, adds to overall compliance and reduces operating costs.

Video: John S. James Co. Success Story

We encourage you to view a video that details how John S. James Co. is using a range of Descartes solutions to achieve a higher level of productivity and regulatory success. Discover how John S. James Co. moved to Descartes OneView™ to handle the thousands of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) messages received daily from customers and carriers. Through a central platform, John S. James is better equipped to manage a large volume of trade-related information, collaborate and share the data with clients and attain a higher level of customer service.

Click here to view the video that details how John S. James is achieving regulatory success in CBP’s ACE system using Descartes.

Written by George Manolis

Vice President Product Management Broker & Forwarder Enterprise Systems at Descartes