The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

November 30, 2006 05:30 ET

Industry-Leading Trucking Companies Choose Descartes

Global Logistics Network selected to standardize ACE compliance

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - Three of the top four North American for-hire truck carriers are among the more than 75 carriers that have selected logistics software and services specialist The Descartes Systems Group Inc.'s (NASDAQ:DSGX)(TSX:DSG) Global Logistics Network to help them comply with the United States Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) mandatory Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) e-Manifest initiative.

CBP's e-Manifest initiative requires truck carriers and freight forwarders to provide CBP with electronic shipment, carrier and other information through ACE prior to the truck entering the United States. CBP has announced that the initiative will be mandatory at U.S. land ports of entry beginning in January 2007.

Descartes noted it has a menu of ACE services to help truck carriers and freight forwarders comply with the e-Manifest initiative regardless of their size, technological capability or volumes. These services range from converting paper-based information into electronic manifests for those carriers with minimal technology infrastructure, through to an interactive ACE-compliant application automatically populated with information from back-office systems for those for-hire carriers with a more sophisticated infrastructure.

Descartes said that North America's largest for-hire truck carriers are good examples of companies with more sophisticated infrastructures designed to help move large volumes of shipments. Descartes commented that three of the top four for-hire truck carriers, where rank was based on 2005 annual revenues, have selected Descartes' solutions to help them comply with the ACE e-Manifest initiative.

"We considered the special needs of both small and large for-hire truck carriers when designing our GLN services to help standardize cross-border business processes," said Edward Ryan, general manager of the Global Logistics Network. "Our services can help them with basic e-Manifest compliance, but are flexible enough to help them with more advanced electronic documentation and interaction with customs brokers and authorities. With over 75 leading carriers choosing the GLN platform, we are progressing to becoming a standard for ACE compliance."

Descartes is hosting a webcast on December 5th to help truck carriers and freight forwarders understand what is needed to comply with the e-Manifest initiative. Customers can sign up for the webcast by visiting Descartes' website at or calling 678-247-0427.

Descartes (Nasdaq: DSGX) (TSX: DSG) is a software-as-a-service company that has been dedicated since its founding in 1981 to developing the world's largest multimodal electronic logistics messaging network, called the Global Logistics Network or GLN. Descartes' on-demand GLN processes more than a million messages every day for companies with transport operations. Descartes also offers software layered on top of the GLN for areas including truck scheduling and route optimization that allows carriers, shippers and intermediaries to translate these messages into actionable information. This information is shared by more than 3,000 Descartes customers, and their customers, in 60 countries. Descartes' customers include about 1,600 ground carriers and more than 90 airlines, 30 ocean carriers, 900 freight forwarders and third-party providers of logistics services, and hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, private fleet owners and regulatory agencies. The company has about 290 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Stockholm, Melbourne, United Kingdom and Singapore.

This release contains statements that are considered forward-looking information by applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"), including statements that relate to Descartes' product and service functionality and performance; potential benefits derived therefrom; Descartes' progression towards becoming a standard for ACE compliance; the requirements and effective date of CBP's mandatory e-Manifest initiative; the scheduling of Descartes' webcast; and other matters that may constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Descartes to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, changes in Descartes' solutions or services; use of competitive ACE compliance solutions by truck carriers; changes in CBP's e-Manifest initiative or when such initiative becomes mandatory on a port-by-port basis; re-scheduling of Descartes' webcast; and the factors discussed in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "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. If any of such risks or factors actually occurs, they could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Contact Information

  • Descartes Contact:
    Edward Ryan,
    General Manager, Global Logistics Network
    (215) 917-0444