CUSTOMS Info to Distribute the Trusted Trade Alliance Validator®

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Software Application Helps Companies Assess Compliance with the European Union’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Requirements

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Trusted Trade Alliance and CUSTOMS Info give U.S. companies a unique opportunity to access a full-featured AEO software tool to ensure AEO profiles are kept up-to-date.

CUSTOMS Info (CI), provider of a comprehensive trade data repository delivered via web-based subscription or as data to populate any global trade management (GTM), ecommerce or landed cost application, today announced that it will be the sole authorized reseller/distributor of the Trusted Trade Alliance’s (TTA) Validator®, a web-based software application, to customers in the U.S. The Validator product enables companies with operations in the European Union to accurately assess the compliance of their operations with AEO requirements prior to submitting their application to the authorities—allowing deficiencies to be corrected prior to customs’ involvement.

“With most EU member countries moving to a new AEO self-assessment standard on January 1, 2011 and the deadline set for the end of 2011 for many companies to have met AEO requirements or lose customs procedural simplifications, our agreement with CUSTOMS Info gives companies based here in the U.S. a unique opportunity to access a full-featured AEO software tool to ensure that their European sites are able to meet this important deadline, to monitor their progress, and to ensure AEO profiles are kept up-to-date,” said Bryce Blegen, chief executive officer of Trusted Trade Alliance.

Designed by experienced EU AEO experts, the Validator assists in the preparation of the AEO application itself, including the required self-assessment. In addition, the Validator integrates the features necessary to meet the EU’s AEO monitoring requirements after AEO is achieved. The Validator’s dashboard allows multi-country and multi-site oversight of AEO application and post-certification monitoring status and an integrated toolset allows real-time delegation of tasks and collaboration among different company departments and with external service providers.

“Many of our U.S. customers are aware of the EU AEO program, but have struggled to find efficient means by which to ensure that their European operations meet the requirements,” said Ron Lackey, president of CUSTOMS Info. “With TTA’s Validator, we give our customers the ability to access a market-leading application that helps them meet AEO requirements.”

The European Union’s AEO program launched on January 1, 2008 and has been quickly implemented among its 27 member countries. The program is now firmly established as the cornerstone of importer and exporter security and compliance practices. The aims of the AEO program include upgrading the compliance and security of the supply chain, while contributing to trade facilitation.

Supporting Resources:
CUSTOMS Info website: http://www.customsinfo.com
Trusted Trade Alliance website: http://www.trusted-trade.net
Background on the EU’s AEO program

About CUSTOMS Info
CUSTOMS Info and its sister company Global Data Mining provide enterprise solutions to help businesses optimize global trade management (GTM) systems and streamline global trade automation. CUSTOMS Info provides the world’s most comprehensive trade data repository delivered via web-based subscription or as data to populate any GTM or Landed Cost application. Global Data Mining helps multi-national companies optimize business processes and turn unorganized data into corporate assets managers and executives use to improve performance, save money and accelerate the international supply chain.

Working in conjunction with GTM applications, CUSTOMS Info and Global Data Mining’s strategic partners include SAP, Oracle, MIC, Kewill, Arigo, and others.

About Trusted Trade Alliance
The Trusted Trade Alliance (“TTA”) is comprised of a team of professionals located in more than 15 offices on 6 continents across the globe. Providing consulting in the fields of import and export compliance, supply-chain assurance and optimization, and issues affecting cross-border trade, TTA also focuses on trade advocacy services for the private sector. Our team includes noted trade compliance professionals with extensive professional credentials and practical experience in setting up successful customs and trade compliance organizations within major multinationals, former senior government officials, the founders of the leading graduate-level customs educational programs globally, and recognized academics and experts who lead training programs for both private-sector managers and senior and front-line customs officials on five continents. From Munich to Milan to Mexico City, from Sydney to Shanghai to Sao Paulo, the Trusted Trade Alliance is there, and can assist you with your trade compliance needs.

For more information contact your Sales Representative or sales.support@customsinfo.com

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