updated 2/17/2011 7:16:25 AM ET 2011-02-17T12:16:25

Descartes Solution Addresses EMCS Arrival and Departure Filings Between EU Member States

WATERLOO, Ontario and LIER, Belgium, Feb. 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) announced that Colruyt Group selected Descartes' Excise Movement & Control System (EMCS) solution to help it manage electronic declarations for excise shipments.

The EMCS is part of the European Union's (EU) Multi Annual Strategic Plan program to implement electronic customs in the EU to monitor movements of excise goods that have not yet been released for consumption. Since January 1, 2011, information on shipments between different EU member states must be filed electronically by EMCS standards.

Colruyt Group is a major player in Europe's retail network. The group operates a number of leading retail brands, such as its discount supermarket chain. Colruyt chose Descartes' EMCS declaration module to help it comply with EU regulations on movements between EU member states of excise goods under duty suspension. Descartes' EMCS declaration module manages both arrival and departure filings for excise goods for multiple EU member states. The solution offers numerous additional features that maximize the return on investment, such as seamless integration with existing information technology environments and multi-country filing capabilities, allowing for a more efficient process.

"Colruyt Group has made significant investments in new technologies to align its operations with evolving compliance requirements," says Kenneth De Neve, Project Manager at Colruyt Group. "Descartes is unique in its integrated and professional approach to optimizing compliance requirement processes."

This new agreement strengthens the relationship between Descartes and Colruyt Group. Colruyt Group is already using a Descartes Mobile Resource Management solution to optimize route planning and simulate distribution alternatives.

"We are excited to expand our relationship with Colruyt Group. Our EMCS solution helps Colruyt create transparency and efficiency throughout its supply chain processes and provides one solution for multi-country filings by Colruyt's different wholesale entities," said Cindy Yamamoto, Senior Vice President of Trade Compliance at Descartes. "As EU member states continue to implement a variety of legislative measures to secure the supply chain, our on-demand solutions help our customers to maintain control and improve speed of customs processing across multiple jurisdictional boundaries."

Descartes' EMCS solution leverages the power of Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN). Descartes' GLN enables transportation providers to connect to their trading partners and regulatory organizations and reliably exchange information to increase performance and drive high levels of customer satisfaction.

About Descartes

Descartes (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) is the premier provider of Global Trade Compliance, Supply Chain Execution and Mobile Resource Management services. Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN) unites global businesses and trading partners, allowing them to collaborate in a cost effective way and maximize productivity and efficiency. Trading partners that connect to the GLN join Descartes' Federated Network, the world's most extensive multi-modal business network with over 35,000 trading partners connected, including ground carriers, airlines, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, third-party providers of logistics services customs house brokers, freight payment agencies, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, mobile services providers and regulatory agencies. Descartes is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and has offices in North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. More information and industry updates are available at http://www.descartes.com and http://blog.descartes.com .

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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.

CONTACT: Media contact North-America
         Tammy Butler
         Descartes Systems Group
         +1 289-208-1113
         tbutler@descartes.com
         
         Media contact EMEA
         Ina Suffeleers
         Descartes Systems Group
         +32 495-590-232
         isuffeleers@descartes.com

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