Last week, Descartes announced an alliance with INTTRA to enhance international ocean shipping processes and capabilities available to the global user community. This new United by Design alliance provides a global network capable of managing the entire ocean cargo shipment lifecycle by automating and standardizing the shipment process.  

The federated Descartes/INTTRA community creates a proven and pre-certified business document exchange between carriers, shippers and forwarders that accelerates time-to-value for connected parties of the federated network.

Descartes’ solution provides a suite of supply chain execution and compliance services to the international trade community powered by the Global Logistics Network, one of the largest multi-modal logistics networks in the industry. INTTRA provides access to a large network of ocean container freight carriers and enables shippers of all types to manage bookings and shipping instructions with any carrier on the network through an accepted standard business process. 

Customers using Descartes’ Logistics Execution services can now electronically manage ocean shipment transactions, including connectivity to a broader community of carriers to submit booking, shipping instructions and Bills of Lading, as well as contract and rate management, visibility to shipment status, freight audit, and the submission and management of customs filings and more.  Members of the federated INTTRA and Descartes community can benefit from streamlined and standardized ocean shipping processes, increased visibility and productivity improvements resulting in improved customer service for all parties within the ocean community.

Written by Cindy Yamamoto

 Senior Vice President, Global Logistics Product Strategy at Descartes