Freight Forwarders

ASM launches new archiving app to help forwarders manage critical customs data

A new data archiving app will help forwarders stay compliant with the Customs declaration process, as well as saving them on time and costs after being launched by Agency Sector Management (ASM) UK Ltd.

The new, web-based app is part of ASM’s freight management software Sequoia, and can be accessed remotely, making it easier for forwarders to store as well as to retrieve critical documentation.

Users do not need access to the Sequoia application in order to retrieve archived data, meaning they can find information simply by using a web browser, from any location.

“Crucially, this app automatically filters out non-critical data, which is important for e-commerce businesses that might be clearing thousands of line items a day,” said ASM chairman, Peter MacSwiney (pictured above).

“By keeping only critical data live, the tool reduces the database size and frees up expensive server space, which in turn enhances system performance and speeds up overall searches and processes, saving on valuable time and costs.

“If you can remotely search, filter, and access those records, as well as print or email documentation directly from that location, it’s also a huge advantage for forwarders.”

The archive stores details of jobs, declarations, shipments, agent inventory records, consolidations, transit movements, sales invoices, collection and delivery notes, air waybills/bills of lading, manifests, and user added documents.

Users can search the archive easily using any of the key references, such as a job reference, an Air Waybill number, or a Declaration Unique Consignment Reference.

The app is a bolt-on feature of the Sequoia Customs clearance software, which provides users a one-stop-shop freight management system.

The software is available 24/7 and forwarders are able to manage complete end-to-end supply chain activities, from job and shipment management to documentation and Customs declarations, job costings, and invoicing.

“With so many legislative changes on the horizon, it is crucial that forwarders stay compliant and without interruption to their business activities, which is guaranteed through our Sequoia software solution,” added MacSwiney.

Sequoia is the evolution of over 20 years of software development from ASM which began with the introduction of CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight).