Amazon Taps Global Trade Content Solution

Online retailer to use NextLinx to help classify products, determine landed costs for shipment to more than 40 countries

Online retailer to use NextLinx to help classify products, determine landed costs for shipment to more than 40 countries

Rockville, MD — September 24, 2004 — Online retailer Amazon is set to use a real-time global trade content solution from NextLinx to help determine landed costs and classify products for shipment to more than 40 countries.

NextLinx said its software and Web services solutions combine global trade business rules and country-specific trade data, consisting of denied party lists, landed cost components, import and export controls, and customs duties and documentation for over 120 countries, to help companies reduce the risks and costs associated with importing and exporting goods across international borders.

Amazon will use the NextLinx solution to help provide customers in more than 40 countries with information about the full cost of their orders, including country-specific duties, taxes, tariffs and licenses, at the time of checkout. Amazon currently ships to more than 200 countries.

"We chose the NextLinx global trade technology solution because it allows us to offer customers in more countries the best possible experience," said Michael McKenna, Amazon vice president for worldwide transportation. "We look forward to using NextLinx to help grow our business internationally through these services."

Under the terms of the deal, NextLinx will provide duties, taxes and classification services, check for export and import controls for all products being shipped to or from any country in accordance with regulations set forth by customs and other regulatory authorities, and screen all Amazon shipments against multiple government-issued lists of restricted parties.

"We are excited to work with the world pioneer in e-tailing and to provide its customers with real-time information that will help make their shopping experience even more convenient," said Rajiv Uppal, founder, president and CEO of NextLinx Corporation. "To achieve this, we will be leveraging our content and technology to make this integration cost-effective, accurate and efficient for Amazon's purposes."

NextLinx's other customers include Boeing, FedEx, UPS, ABN AMRO and Rockwell Automation.

For more information on the challenges and opportunities presented by increasingly global supply chains, see the special in-depth report in the August/September 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, which includes the following articles:

For more information on the global supply chain, with a focus on security issues, see "Building the Secure Supply Chain," the Net Best Thing article in the June/July 2003 issue of iSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.