TransCore

September 27, 2005 13:19 ET

TransCore Provides Carriers Direct Web Access to ACE Compliance System; CrimsonLogic Software Helps Carriers Meet Mandatory U.S. Regulations Efficiently

HARRISBURG, Pa.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 27, 2005) -

TransCore's Link Logistics introduces a Web-based application that helps carriers streamline compliance with new automated commercial environment (ACE) regulations set forth by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. ACE (release 4) regulations are expected to become mandatory at all 91 border crossings within the next six months and will require carriers crossing the border into the United States from Canada or Mexico to pre-notify CBP with shipment information up to an hour before trucks actually arrive at the border.

TransCore's new offering allows carriers to directly submit to the ACE system via the Web without relying on a third-party broker, as in the past. This solution is available at TransCore's online portal for carriers, www.loadlink.ca, with three pricing plans offering volume discounts.

TransCore entered into a marketing agreement with CrimsonLogic (North America) Inc. to use its Web-connectivity software application for ACE compliance. CrimsonLogic was the first Canadian company to be accredited by CBP to offer Web-connectivity directly into the ACE system. CrimsonLogic's solution was designed to handle all shipment information protocols currently in use, including BRASS, PAPS, In-Bond and Section 321. Carriers will no longer need to rely on third-party brokers to make sure required information is submitted to CBP. Direct control can help carriers avoid steep fines if a broker fails to notify CBP far enough in advance of a shipment arriving at the border crossing.

"ACE is coming fast and we wanted to be there to help carriers who are scrambling to find a reliable solution quickly, without bloating their IT budgets. Our solution gives carriers a way to communicate directly with ACE with a convenient, user-friendly Web tool," said Claudia Milicevic, TransCore Link Logistics general manager.

The new product is designed to streamline operations and paperwork and enhance overall supply chain management. Carriers will have the capability to integrate with their existing technology and that of trading partners. The new service is particularly appropriate for enterprises that would benefit from not having to make a major IT investment in purchasing and continually updating their own trade-and-supply management software and servers.

The new product is designed to be simple, flexible, scalable and reasonably priced. TransCore will offer three different pricing plans -- bronze, silver and gold -- that provide volume discounts for carriers who have a higher number of monthly border transactions.

About CrimsonLogic

CrimsonLogic offers trusted and innovative B2B and B2G services globally. For the trade and logistics vertical, CrimsonLogic offers TradePalette -- a Web portal which enables companies to work with their trading partners, to conduct business online efficiently, complete and submit cross border trade documentation to government agencies and cost effectively manage their supply chain. TradePalette offers various modules of services, namely, WebCustoms, procurement, inventory visibility, freight and ACI/AMS/ACE connectivity. With more than 18 years of expertise, CrimsonLogic has the experience and proven track records in the following business sectors: trade & logistics, legal, government and healthcare. For more information, visit www.crimsonlogic.ca.

About TransCore

TransCore is a transportation services company with 1,800 employees and 80 locations. With installations in 41 countries, more than 100 patents and pioneering applications of RFID, GPS and satellite communications technologies, TransCore's technical expertise is unparalleled in the markets it serves. In 2001, TransCore established the largest freight-matching network in North America by merging both DAT Services and Link Logistics online services. Today, LoadLink offers more than 150,000 available loads and trucks daily along with access to other services such as Quickpay, credit reports, insurance and operating authorities, mileage software and more. For more information, visit www.loadlink.ca or www.transcore.com.

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