News | February 12, 2014

Leading Ocean Carriers And NVOCCs Select Descartes' Japan Advanced Filing Rule Compliance Solution

Waterloo, IA and Ontario - (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that leading ocean carriers and non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) have selected Descartes' Japan Ocean Advanced Filing Rule (AFR) solution to help them comply with Japan's new advanced cargo security initiative, which takes effect March 10, 2014.

Japan's AFR mandate requires ocean carriers and NVOCCs to electronically submit data to Japan Customs on maritime container cargo intended for a port in Japan no later than 24 hours before departure of the vessel from the port of loading. Descartes' Japan Ocean AFR solution helps logistics providers, large and small, to cost-effectively meet the new filing requirements. Descartes has successfully completed all technology test phases with Japan Customs.

Leading carriers and NVOCCs adopting Descartes' new Japan AFR service include:

  • AC Container Line;
  • Aqualine International;
  • Dimerco Express Group;
  • Kintetsu World Express;
  • MIQ Logistics Japan;
  • Mitsubishi Logistics;
  • MOL Logistics;
  • Schenker;
  • Sumisho Global Logistics Japan;
  • Tokyo Sanyu Shipping; and
  • Zim Integrated Shipping Services.

"We're focused on working with our customers and regulatory agencies around the world to help ensure the efficient and secure movement of shipments across international borders," Ken Wood, Executive Vice President, Product Strategy at Descartes. "Descartes' Japan Ocean AFR solution leverages our extensive experience in cargo security compliance and is built upon our existing technology platform. It also utilizes Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN), the world's largest multi-modal logistics messaging network, to connect ocean carriers and NVOCCs to their trading partners to efficiently gather the information required for filings."

For more information, please visit Descartes' Ocean Japan AFR online resource center at:https://www.descartes.com/solutions/customs-regulatory-compliance/cargo-security-compliance-security-filings/asia-cargo-security

About Descartes
Descartes (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Descartes has over 172,000 parties using its cloud based services. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world's largest, collaborative multi-modal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at www.descartes.com.

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SOURCE: Descartes Systems Group