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New compliance system for freight forwarders

By control on March 14, 2012

Descartes Systems Group has designed two new, cloud-based systems that help freight forwarders meet the U.S. and European governments’ security filing requirements. Descartes’ ACAS and ICS for Forwarders systems are built on the company’s Air AMS for Forwarders platform and are connected to its Global Logistics Network.

“Air forwarders are continually challenged to meet the growing number of security filing requirements and to find ways to reduce operational costs,” Sandra Scott, senior director of compliance for SEKO Logistics, said in a statement. “Descartes is helping us to stay current with the emerging security filing requirements while offering innovative ways for air forwarders to keep their operational costs in line.”

Descartes’ ACAS system was built with U.S. Customs’ regulations in mind and complies with the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration’s and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot project. According to a press release, the ACAS makes use of the global network "to collect house bill information directly from forwarders’ enterprise systems to file directly to CBP without manual intervention, thereby increasing data quality.” With ACAS, freight forwarders can also employ web-based tools to create and update additional information as it’s required.

The company’s ICS for Forwarders system enables freight forwarders to submit data directly to the European Import Control System, instead of having to go through the airline.

“As an extension to Descartes’ Air AMS for Forwarders solution and built on the same Customs security platform, ICS for Forwarders provides forwarders with visibility to their Customs manifest and security filings for multiple countries through a single view, reducing implementation complexities,” according to the press release.

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