Meerbusch, Germany – The Swiss customs authority (EZV) has introduced e-dec, a central, electronic cargo processing system that has replaced the former customs procedures and forms. Riege Software International has now developed a special module for Swiss customs clearance. Customers working with the Scope transport management system (TMS) now benefit from a smart and time-saving solution for customs clearance in Switzerland.

The aim of the EZV is to offer customers the option of handling import, transit and export goods by electronic means in line with largely harmonized guidelines. This simplifies customs clearance and thus results above all in cost savings and greater efficiency when customers work with a powerful IT system.

Riege has therefore developed a module to connect the EZV customs procedure with its TMS Scope which is now available to all Scope users. The module covers the processes: e-dec Import (import customs clearance), e-dec Export (export customs clearance) and e-dec EVV (electronic customs receipt). In addition, Scope has been certified by the Swiss customs authority for the IT-based transit clearance NCTS, which is obligatory for international transit, as well as for handling as a Registered Shipper or Consignee (ZV/ZE).

“Switzerland is an important economic location. We have exact knowledge of the customs requirements of this non-EU country. This know-how has been used in the development of the Scope customs module,” explained Johannes Riege, Managing Director of Riege Software International, at the market launch of the new product. Andreas Fenner, formerly a customs declaration specialist with Swiss certification and now managing director of the Riege branch office at Nürensdorf, close to Zurich, played an important role in designing and developing the Swiss customs module. He explains: “We are responding to the strong demand from our customers with the new Scope module for Swiss customs. They can now benefit from much more efficient processes in customs clearance.”

The Scope transport management system is characterized above all by its logical, transparent structures and diverse intelligent functions such as the real-time plausibility check. All major customs regulations are stored within the software and can be displayed to the user according to the context. Moreover, the software includes an automatic freight transport cost calculation function and a comprehensive administration of article and tariff numbers.

Scope incorporates specific modules for customs clearance in Germany (ATLAS), the USA (AES), the Netherlands (Sagitta) and now Switzerland (e-dec). Furthermore, the TMS system covers all security requirements, such as the Import Control System (ICS), which was introduced on 1 January 2011. The IATA quality and sustainability initiatives such as Cargo 2000 and e-freight are also supported by Scope with special modules.

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 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.