SEKO Logistics uses Descartes to help ship over 10 mn parcels per month

For e-commerce shipments to the U.S., companies use Descartes’ Section 321 Type 86 customs entry which allows for the expedited import of goods.


Using Descartes Systems Group's solutions for air cargo security filings and e-commerce customs clearance, SEKO Logistics has sped up the processing time for over 10 million parcels worldwide each month.

Headquartered in Canada, Descartes has emerged as a global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce. SEKO Logistics has been using Descartes' solutions to expedite its processes.

With over 120 offices in 40 countries worldwide, SEKO provides a suite of logistics services. David Emerson the global vice-president of e-commerce solutions at SEKO Logistics said, cross-border e-commerce has witnessed significant growth. "More customers are looking to us to simplify the complexity of filing security and customs entries as goods travel by air between countries."

He added that Descartes' high-level filing automation enabled SEKO to further manage the extraordinary volumes they were shipping. "As SEKO expands internationally and regulations change, such as Brexit, Descartes has the solutions we need to grow."

Descartes is a market leader in providing connectivity and air messaging services to customs authorities around the world. Descartes' solutions help shippers and freight forwarders, like SEKO Logistics, comply with security and customs requirements to electronically file air waybill information for shipment clearance, which accelerates the flow of air cargo, improves security, enhances interagency communication and decreases costs.

For e-commerce shipments coming into the U.S., where the total value does not exceed US$800, companies use Descartes' Section 321 Type 86 customs entry to automatically file basic shipment details at the air manifest level with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which allows for the expedited import of goods without the payment of duties and taxes.

Scott Sangster, vice-president, global logistics service providers at Descartes, said, "We're pleased to help SEKO move a high volume of international e-commerce shipments more securely, compliantly and efficiently. With cross-border trade regulations constantly evolving, e-commerce can pose compliance and customer service challenges when transporting goods by air. Descartes has a long-standing track record of working proactively with customers and customs authorities to keep pace with change, so companies can electronically transmit security and fiscal declaration filings to government agencies more easily and reliably."

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