LIER, Belgium, March 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced its cloud-based messaging services are integrated with the Antwerp Port Community System's (APCS) e-Desk application. The e-Desk application leverages Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN) to connect port community members and improve efficiencies by automating paper-based processes and standardizing port-related messages. APCS is the network of systems and solutions that facilitates the exchange of data between business-to-government (B2G) and business-to-business (B2B) participants using the port of Antwerp. APCS collaborated with the Port Services Authority of Antwerp (PSA) to develop the e-Desk application to streamline compliance reporting with the European-wide Export Control Systems (ECS) initiative. The solution, combined with the GLN, provides declarants and terminal operators with a simple way to communicate shipment, container and status information with each other, and customs authorities, thereby reducing paperwork and improving operational efficiencies. "APCS e-Desk adoption has been very successful, with 60% percent of all export declarations now reported directly by the declarants," says John Kerkhof, Director of Antwerp Port Community System. "EDI customers are connected via Descartes' GLN, which ensures a swift and secure stream of data to/from e-Desk." In addition to providing its cloud-based messaging services for the port community to connect to e-Desk, Descartes integrates e-Desk into its customs compliance solution. Data from the customs declarations can be repurposed and transmitted across a variety of parties, including ports and terminal systems like APCS. "All of our declarations for the various terminals in the port of Antwerp are sent to e-Desk using Descartes' customs compliance solution," said Peter Goossens, Customs Declarant of UTI. "The time savings we've been able to achieve with this integrated and automated process are enormous." "It's a huge operational advantage that we're no longer dependent on physically going to the quay for our export declarations," said Peter Verlinden, Customs Manager at Rhenus Customs nv. "Descartes' tightly integrated system immediately processes responses and alerts from e-Desk so that we have clear visibility into our operations."
"We're pleased that the Descartes GLN is enhancing efficiency and cooperation across the Antwerp port community," said Eric Geerts, Director Product Management at Descartes. "The long and successful collaboration with the Port of Antwerp, and our seamless e-Desk integration, enables streamlined sharing and use of electronic data; which helps to securely and competitively advance domestic and international trade in the Benelux region."For more information about e-Desk please visit http://www.portofantwerp.com/apcs/en/e-desk 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 146,000 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 . The Descartes Systems Group logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4065 This release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements") that relate to Descartes' solution offering and potential benefits derived therefrom; and other matters. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the factors and assumptions discussed in the section entitled, "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
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