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COMPETITION WATCH: Con-way Freight teams with Descartes to test ACI solution

WATERLOO, Ont. -- Descartes Systems Group and Con-way Freight are conducting an Advance Commercial Inform...

WATERLOO, Ont. — Descartes Systems Group and Con-way Freight are conducting an Advance Commercial Information (ACI) pilot project.


Under the program, Con-way will electronically file shipment information with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The pilot is aimed at validating the operational aspects of the emerging ACI requirement and will also quantify the benefits of a streamlined, electronic filing process for imports in advance of the formal regulation mandate, Descartes explains.


“We are pleased to be participating with Descartes and the working group members to improve and validate this platform as the standard for electronic trade security filings enabling more efficient cross-border trade between the US and Canada,” said Melissa Mathew, manager of customs compliance for Con-way Freight. “We’re confident this pilot will validate opportunities to optimize our operations, improve service to our customers, and smoothly address this important new government security initiative as it is implemented and enforced.”


The ACI e-Manifest initiative requires carriers to submit advance electronic notification of cargo shipments arriving in Canada by road. Descartes already has experience with cargo data reporting for air and marine shipments and has expanded its capabilities to include road transport.


“We work with our clients and working groups to ensure that our compliance solutions not only adhere to the requirements, but that they leverage existing operational data partnerships through our federated Global Logistics Network using standards we help to establish between trading partners,” said Jonathan Wasserman, senior vice-president product strategy for Global Trade Compliance at Descartes. “When the CBSA released its interim requirements early, we were able to go live with the CBSA testing facilities in a matter of days. We anticipate continuing to work closely with the CBSA, our customers and the ACI Highway Working Sub-Group of our America Working Group to fine-tune our offering between now and the mandate of the regulation in 2010.”

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