Leading Trade Compliance Software Across All Modes of Transportation

Amid the changing trade landscape, the U.S. Federal Government has passed regulations designed to protect its borders and ensure the safety of its citizens. Among the electronic customs compliance requirements that have been enacted are the Trade Act of 2002 and the 2006 Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act. These initiatives, along with other global customs initiatives, have spurred an ongoing wave of customs compliance mandates for every mode of transportation and participant in the global supply chain. In order to maintain compliance with customs filings, web-based software is needed to ensure that businesses remain in-line with evolving requirements.

Descartes customs broker software ensures compliance with these regulations by facilitating the interchange of logistics information and by processing multimodal customs fillings. Our solutions can expand data validation, minimize risk of unauthorized business transactions, provide electronic status updates, enable integration with in-house technology, enhance classification processes and provide real-time visibility.

The European Union 

The European Union has implemented regulations to standardize and automate its customs filings process. The goal of this plan is to provide the vision, objectives, strategic framework and milestones towards a paperless environment for customs and trade. As organizations face increasing pressure to keep pace with the diverse and growing range of global customs requirements, they must also meet an equally compelling need to improve efficiency and speed in meeting customer demand. Descartes addresses this need by providing a range of solutions that facilitate the end-to-end shipment management process, including customs compliance, across all modes of transportation for organizations and trading partners around the globe.

Facilitating Global Commerce

At the heart of our comprehensive offering is the Descartes Global Logistics Network™ (Descartes GLN™), one of the world’s largest multimodal networks of transportation providers and their clients. The Descartes GLN facilitates the interchange of logistics information and provides value-added application services that leverage this information to help enterprises standardize business processes and streamline their logistics operations. View export video: Descartes Global Logistics Network™ with Jos Nuijten 

Among the value-added application services that leverage the power and reach of the Descartes GLN are the customs filing and compliance solutions offered by Descartes. These customs compliance solutions:

  • Facilitate customs filings for all modes of transportation (air, rail, road, ocean, etc.)
  • Automate data validation to ensure compliance
  • Minimize the risk of conducting business with an unauthorized country, business, or person
  • Electronically receive status updates and distribute customs/status information to logistics partners and clients
  • Easily integrate processes with in-house technology and communications systems
  • Use a variety of data capture options, from keyed entry to fully automated EDI processes
  • Provide real-time global visibility to the customs status of client cargo
  • Tailor compliance services to meet specific organizational needs

Staying Ahead of the Curve in Customs Compliance

As new customs regulations are proposed and passed into law, customs compliance will become increasingly costly and complex to manage. As a leading provider of logistics management solutions, Descartes is committed to ensuring that its customs solutions and services for import and export cargo are developed and proven long before compliance is mandated; and meet the stringent requirements put forward by global regulatory and customs compliance agencies. The Descartes suite of electronic customs filing tools for carriers, brokers and freight forwarders currently complies with import and export regulations (i.e. ABI, ACE, ACI, AES, AMS, CSA, ECS, ICS, etc.) in the U.S. Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Descartes also works closely with governments and regulatory bodies around the world, [World Customs Organization (WCO) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP)] to test and provide feedback on upcoming electronic reporting requirements. Given these strong relationships and its forward thinking approach to customs compliance, Descartes is well-positioned to support regulations as they come into law, including the CBP’s Importer Security Filing (ISF) 10+2 regulation and other regulations in Canada such as the Canadian ACI initiative, UCC in Europe, AMS in Mexico and more.

Services to Meet Every Business Need

Descartes has the resources and network in place to support and streamline the elements of required customs compliance processes. Regardless of the type or size of business, Descartes provides a full range of services designed to address every business need, from simply enabling electronic connectivity with border agencies to turnkey data capture and customs filing. The Descartes modular approach also enables businesses to select specific features and functions based on their available in-house resources, technology infrastructure, budgets and relationships with trading partners.

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