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Descartes acquires e-customs, Pentant

WATERLOO, Ont.– Descartes Systems Group has acquired e-customs Inc., a provider of electronic security and fiscal customs filing solutions in the UK.

e-customs’ cloud-based solution, Webdecs, provides both shippers and logistics service providers with a wide range of customs capabilities to comply with UK fiscal filing and security filing requirements. e-customs’ modular offering is designed to reduce complexity, increase automation, and help to make the end-to-end customs declaration process easy. Importers and exporters can leverage default and client-specific standing data, declaration templates, historical filings, on-screen tips and system validations to increase speed and accuracy in the filing process, said Descartes.

“By combining with e-customs, we’ve deepened our UK expertise and added more robust capabilities to our global Customs and Regulatory Compliance solution portfolio. It also strengthens Descartes’ position as a trusted technology partner for customers requiring improved shipment management and customs compliance across the globe,” said Edward Ryan, CEO of Descartes. “We’re also excited by the opportunity to help e-customs’ installed base of customers run more efficient and profitable logistics operations by providing them access to the complementary solutions available on Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform.”

On December 8, 2014, Descartes also announced its acquisition of Pentant Limited, a UK-based certified Community System Provider (CSP) offering customs connectivity and import/export inventory control solutions for ocean, truck and air cargo. Prior to the acquisition, e-customs and Pentant were independently operated companies under common control of several private UK investors.

Julia Kuzeljevich

Julia Kuzeljevich

Julia Kuzeljevich is Editor of Canadian Shipper. She has been writing about transportation and logistics issues since 1999.
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