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INTTRA and Descartes Announce Alliance to Improve Global Ocean Shipping Process

Leading Ocean Supply Chain Providers Federate to Streamline Ocean Cargo Industry
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

Leading Ocean Supply Chain Providers Federate to Streamline Ocean Cargo Industry

MONTREAL, Sept. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 5-- INTTRA, a leading provider of e-commerce solutions for the ocean freight industry, and The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), a federated global logistics network, announced an alliance to enhance international ocean shipping processes and capabilities available to the global user community. This alliance provides a global network capable of managing the entire ocean cargo shipment lifecycle.

Descartes' solution provides a suite of supply chain execution and compliance services to the international trade community powered by the Global Logistics Network, one of the largest multi-modal logistics networks in the industry. INTTRA provides access to a large network of ocean container freight carriers and enables shippers of all types to manage bookings and shipping instructions with any carrier on the network through an accepted standard business process.

Customers using the Descartes Global Logistics Network can now electronically manage the entire ocean cargo shipment lifecycle, including connectivity to a broader community of carriers to submit bookings as well as contract and rate management, visibility to shipment status, electronic document exchange, and the submission and management of customs filings and more. Members of the federated INTTRA and Descartes community can benefit from streamlined and standardized ocean shipping processes, increased visibility and faster time-to-value for all parties within the ocean community.

"Descartes represents a large number of important ocean forwarders and shippers. We're pleased to have INTTRA as part of our United-by-Design alliance program to expand the value of Descartes' Global Logistics Network by enhancing our ability to offer seamless carrier connectivity to ocean container shippers," said Eric Bossdorf, Vice President, Global Logistics Network at Descartes. "By teaming with INTTRA, we now have a comprehensive shipment management service that standardizes and automates the entire shipment management process and can improve efficiencies for all stakeholders in the ocean freight community."

"INTTRA's strategy is to provide easy and robust connectivity to any user that uses ocean containers," said Ronald DeBlis, INTTRA's Vice President, Regional Sales and Professional Services. "By Descartes joining INTTRA's Alliance network we can enable more shippers to connect electronically to their container lines and further standardize ocean shipment business processes and increase efficiencies."

For more information you can find Descartes and INTTRA representatives at the 5th Annual Canada Maritime Conference at The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal September 14-15th, 2010. Descartes is the sponsor of the Roundtable Discussion with Keynote Speakers on Tuesday September 14th, from 11:30am – 12:15pm.

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 application networks. Descartes' regulatory & trade compliance, supply chain execution and mobile resource management solutions provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, shipment management services to help manage third party carriers, global customs filing and compliance services to meet regulatory requirements and private fleet management services for organizations of all sizes.  The hosted, transactional and packaged solutions deliver repeatable, measurable results and fast time-to-value.  Descartes has over 6,800 customers 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.  The company has more than 650 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Brussels, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Gent, Lier, Namestovo, Paris, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Madrid, Montreal, Miami, Washington DC, Silver Spring, Stockholm, Suzhou, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto, and Zilina. For more information, visit .

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INTTRA is a leading global provider of e-commerce solutions to the ocean freight industry. INTTRA professionals work with over 30 leading carriers and their customers to streamline and standardize their shipping processes worldwide through a network of over 20,000 corporate locations. More than 350,000 container orders are initiated on the INTTRA platform each week, representing more than 12 percent of global ocean container trade.

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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: Descartes Systems Group Nicole German, Vice President, Marketing and Communications 416-816-5251 INTTRA Andy Barrons, Vice President of Marketing +1.973.265.2208