WATERLOO, Ontario — October 21, 2009 — Descartes Systems Group, a federated global network logistics solutions provider, launched its European Union (EU) Customs Filing Readiness Program to address the EU’s pending filing regulations for imports.

In an effort to address the security and automation of trade shipments, the EU is introducing customs compliance regulations to standardize and automate its customs filings process.

EU member states and the community have come together to form the electronic customs multiannual strategic plan (MASP). The goal of this plan is to provide the vision, objectives, strategic framework and milestones towards a paperless environment for customs and trade.

Descartes’ EU Customs Filing Readiness Program is designed to address the EU’s pending filing regulations for imports and to inform, educate and provide first-hand access to importers, customs brokers, carriers, freight forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and shippers to the Descartes Customs Filing and Compliance Services. Organizations can visit www.descartes.com/eubeready to sign-up or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Descartes’ Customs Filing and Compliance Service offers a comprehensive solution to help them comply with global customs regulations. To accommodate customers’ varying technical capabilities, Descartes offers options that range from a user-friendly Web solution that permits manual entry of data information to a tightly integrated system-to-system electronic data interchange (EDI) connection.

“As part of our Global Customs Filer Initiative and the Descartes Federated Network we strive to help our customers be prepared for new regulations,” said Jonathan Wasserman, Senior Vice President, Global Trade Compliance Solutions at Descartes.  “Our EU Readiness Program helps our customers be well-informed and prepared for the upcoming EU regulations.”

Descartes’ Customs Filing and Compliance Services are a part of the Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN).  The GLN helps automate, manage and streamline the end-to-end shipment process, from source to consumer, with ongoing real-time visibility. Descartes’ customs filing and compliance services help companies meet regulatory requirements for international shipments for both international customs agencies and security initiatives.

For more information please visit http://www.descartes.com/eubeready.

About Descartes

Descartes (TSX: DSG) (NASDAQ: DSGX), is making the world a better place by enabling global organizations with logistics-intensive businesses to save money by improving the productivity and performance of their operations. Underlying Descartes’ offerings is the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN), one of the world’s most extensive multi-modal business applications network. As a federated platform, the Descartes GLN combines with component-based ‘nano’ sized applications to provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, shipment management services to help manage third party carriers and private fleet management services for organizations of all sizes. Descartes’ solutions and services deliver results by enabling organizations around the world to reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven; improve pickup and delivery reliability; and optimize working capital through fleet visibility.  Descartes’ hosted, transactional and packaged solutions deliver repeatable, measurable results and fast time-to-value.  Descartes customers include an estimated 1,600 ground carriers and more than 90 airlines, 30 ocean carriers, 900 freight forwarders and third-party providers of logistics services, and hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, private fleet owners and regulatory agencies.  The company has more than 450 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Montreal, Miami, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Derby, London, Stockholm, Shanghai, and Toronto. For more information, visit www.descartes.com.


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