SEKO Logistics is now using Descartes Systems Group’s solutions for air cargo security filings and e-commerce customs clearance to speed processing time for more than 10 million parcels worldwide each month.
“Cross-border e-commerce is growing significantly and more customers are looking to us to simplify the complexity of filing security and customs entries as goods travel by air between countries,” said David Emerson, global vice president, e-commerce solutions at SEKO Logistics. “Descartes’ high-level filing automation enabled SEKO to further manage the extraordinary volumes we’re shipping. As SEKO expands internationally and regulations change, such as Brexit, Descartes has the solutions we need to grow.”
Descartes provides connectivity and air messaging services to customs authorities around the world. Its solutions help shippers and freight forwarders, like SEKO Logistics, comply with security and customs requirements to electronically file air waybill information for shipment clearance, which accelerates the flow of air cargo, improves security, enhances interagency communication and decreases costs.
For e-commerce shipments coming into the U.S., where the total value does not exceed $800, companies use Descartes’ Section 321 Type 86 customs entry to automatically file basic shipment details at the air manifest level with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which allows for the expedited import of goods without the payment of duties and taxes.
“We’re pleased to help SEKO move a high volume of international e-commerce shipments more securely, compliantly and efficiently,” said Scott Sangster, vice president, global logistics service providers at Descartes. “With cross-border trade regulations constantly evolving, e-commerce can pose compliance and customer service challenges when transporting goods by air. Descartes has a long-standing track record of working proactively with customers and customs authorities to keep pace with change, so companies can electronically transmit security and fiscal declaration filings to government agencies more easily and reliably.”