Manuport Logistics Implements Descartes' Ocean eBooking Solution

Descartes' Ocean eBooking solution is designed to execute and transmit electronic bookings to ocean carriers via Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN).

Waterloo, Ontario—April 26, 2012Descartes Systems Group, a global provider of cloud-based logistics technology solutions, announced that global freight forwarder Manuport Logistics, Lier, Belgium, deployed Descartes' Ocean eBooking solution, which is designed to execute and transmit electronic bookings to ocean carriers via Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN).

“The primary reason we deployed electronic bookings was to increase the quality of our overall shipping process,” said Vibeke Geerts, Head of IT for Manuport Logistics. “Descartes' eBooking solution was a natural extension to our existing GLN solutions for ocean shipping instructions and container status events. By moving from manual to electronic bookings with our carrier community, we've been able to streamline and further optimize our operations. We've also been able to enhance our customer portal with improved visibility now that communication across the complete ocean shipment lifecycle is managed electronically.”

Descartes' eBooking solution handles the complexity of the multi-party process for entering, sending, confirming and managing amendments to booking requests between forwarders or shippers and ocean carriers and their agents. It improves accuracy by reducing rekeying errors, validating information and ensuring completeness of mandatory fields at the initial source of data input. Additionally, shipment data from previous bookings and sailing information from carriers can be repurposed and reused throughout the process. Customers benefit from connectivity and real-time access to the industry's broadest network of ocean carriers, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs), and shipping agents.

“Our eBooking solution leverages Descartes' GLN, the standard for multimodal, inter-enterprise electronic data and document exchange,” said Eric Geerts, Director of Product Management, Descartes. “This enabled Manuport to quickly enhance their existing messaging services with the ability to manage electronic bookings directly from their forwarding application. We are pleased that our track record of innovation continues to help logistics-intensive businesses like Manuport to compete and thrive at the highest levels.”