Sligro Food Group selects Descartes EMCS system

Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) announced that Sligro Food Group NV has selected its Excise Movement & Control System (EMCS) system to manage electronic declarations for excise shipments. The EMCS declaration module is part of the Standard Declarations Framework, a European filings system that handles electronic submission and receipt of declarations for excise shipments.

As part of the Multi Annual Strategic Plan (MASP) program to implement electronic customs in the European Union (EU), the European government introduced EMCS, a computerized system for monitoring movements of excise goods that have not yet been released for consumption. As of January 1, 2011, information on shipments between different member states must be filed electronically by EMCS standards.

Sligro encompasses food retail and foodservice companies selling directly and indirectly to the entire Dutch food and beverages market. The group is active in foodservice as a wholesaler and in food retail as a wholesaler and retailer. Its product range of 60,000 items includes long-life and short-life perishables, frozen foods, and food-related items.

The company needed one system that could manage both arrival and departure filings for excise goods for multiple EU member states. Descartes’ EMCS declaration module enables multi-country filings and also offers:

•Descartes’ EMCS declaration module is an easily-deployed on-demand system operated and controlled by Sligro’s personnel from a centralized location, enabling compliance in all EU member states.

•The EMCS module integrates seamlessly with Sligro’s existing environment, enabling a full view on Sligro Food Group’s excise operations and simplifying accurate follow-up of each declaration.

•One system, as opposed to different applications, covers multi-country filings, allowing for a more efficient process.

Visit www.sligrofoodgroup.com/ for more details on Sligro. More information and industry updates also are available at www.descartes.com and http://blog.descartes.com.

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