To enable EU countries to monitor and conduct security analyses before air freight, sea freight and overland goods arrive, carriers and transport operators must register their shipments with the relevant customs office in the form of an electronic ENS report, also known as the “Entry Summary Declaration” (or ‘Entry-SumA’). This is part of the ICS (Import Control System) that was introduced on January 1, 2011. To meet this requirement, service companies need all relevant information from export forwarders in good time. Riege Software International has integrated the new customs procedure in its software solutions Procars and Scope. Users such as Logwin report positive results.

Meerbusch, Germany – The ICS procedure was introduced punctually on January 1, 2011, in response to the developments and restrictions in the area of freight security. Importing carriers must give customs authorities an electronic ENS declaration before the freight arrives in the EU in order to prevent suspicious or even dangerous shipments reaching European countries. Customs officials analyze the shipments for import and, if necessary, can refuse their entry.

Carriers and transport operators rely on forwarders to send them the shipping information in order for them to electronically transmit the freight data to customs in good time. At present, this information frequently exists only in printed form on the freight documents. The implementation of this new law combined with the increasing speed in the flow of goods and he collection and forwarding of required information, demands an uninterrupted electronic data exchange between all partners involved in the process. Manufacturers, suppliers, forwarders, carriers and customs should be able to exchange relevant information about the shipment in electronic form.

With its specialized software for air freight, sea freight and customs clearance, Riege Software International offers efficient solutions to meet all the rules in good time. Electronic data exchange with Riege’s Procars and Scope systems, simplifies the workload for international freight forwarders and prevents goods from arriving late or from being denied entry at an EU border due to missing documents.

Logwin’s Air + Ocean business unit has been using the additional functions since mid-December 2010 when Riege Software International released them via an update of Logwin’s Procars software system. After the first few months in operation, Patrick Braun, team leader TMS Central IT for Logwin Air + Ocean, reports positive feedback. “The solution from Riege simplifies the procedure and gives us more process certainty. The users are shown the necessary and correct information, such as the HS codes and the goods’ tariff numbers, when the shipments are entered. These are then transmitted via an interface with all other data to the carriers.” The latter rely on the information from the forwarder and have to register the data with the EU customs branches. “With the Riege software we have a secure and efficient solution for this. We are very satisfied with it,” the Logwin manager confirms.

About Riege Software International

Riege Software International is based in Meerbusch, Germany, and provides multi-functional and integrated software solutions for air and sea freight operations, ground handling as well as customs services. A family run business and trusted partner of forwarders, carriers and manufacturing companies, Riege Software employs approximately 80 qualified staff. With profound industry experience and IT know-how the company implements and supports customer-specific projects in all aspects of standard and value-added services, offering a wide range of service and support. Riege Software International supports more than 300 customers worldwide with offices in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. The list of long-term customers who benefit from Riege software solutions includes Astracon, Dachser, DB Schenker, DSV, Jet-Speed, Kerry Logistics, Logwin, SDV Geis, UTi and Zufall.