British Airways World Cargo Selects Descartes as Preferred Global Customs Filing and Messaging Provider

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Global User Group Conference -- Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) announced that British Airways (BA) World Cargo has selected Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN) as its preferred global solution for air cargo messaging for customs filing, e-freight and other electronic data interchange.

"We've managed our cargo bookings for a long time as a member of Descartes' Global Freight Exchange," said Steve Gunning, Managing Director BA World Cargo. "We're extending our commitment to Descartes as our preferred supplier because of the broad range of high-quality and global services provided by its Global Logistics Network, its overall reliability and its commitment to customer service."

Descartes' federated network, the GLN, standardizes logistics transactions for airlines, like BA World Cargo, with messaging services that simplify the management of imports, exports and domestic shipments. The GLN's messaging services help airlines and their customers:

  • meet global customs requirements such as the upcoming Import Control System (ICS) and Export Control System (ECS);
  • monitor shipment events between airports, including matching and optimizing route map milestones against actual event timing;
  • simplify shipment management and invoicing;
  • comply with industry standards, such as the IATA e-freight initiative; and
  • transmit accurate tracking updates to customers.

"As a preferred provider, Descartes is committed to helping BA World Cargo and its community of trading partners standardize and automate its air cargo processes," said Jan Markill, Vice President, GLN at Descartes. "Descartes' federated network, the GLN, allows BA World Cargo's community of customers to efficiently submit their consignment data electronically through a single network. This streamlines the shipment management process and improves overall efficiency of service."

BA World Cargo and its ground handling associates are standardizing procedures to gather and use electronic shipment information to streamline customs filing. Descartes is hosting education sessions to show customers how to quickly and efficiently connect to the GLN.  Customers will be contacted individually and further details can also be found at .

About British Airways World Cargo

British Airways World Cargo is one of the leading cargo airlines in the world, carrying freight, mail and courier traffic to 200 destinations in more than 80 countries. The BA network and our freighter programme make us one of the largest single carrier networks, with a reliable schedule, same day connections between most continents and destinations, and extensive road connections. For more information visit

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  and .

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