Software providers GT Nexus Inc. and Open Harbor Inc. have formed an alliance to offer users a secure Web-based method to transmit customs and other documentation as well as provide visibility into the electronic transportation process from pickup to delivery.
Open Harbor, San Carlos, Calif., will provide the software and infrastructure to manage global logistics, while GT Nexus, Alameda, Calif., will provide supply chain logistics functions such as order management and contract management.
"Regulatory trade processes affect the movement of global goods as dramatically as logistics event," said Greg Johnsen, vice president of marketing for GT Nexus. "Embedding Open Harbor's real-time trade management intelligence lets us integrate another level of critical supply chain information. Our customers gain the ability to systematically capture not just logistics and transportation events, but also trade compliance and security events."
The joint agreement will enable users to monitor shipments through the order-to-delivery cycle to ensure all trade and customs documentation, regulatory screening and security compliance processes are addressed. It also can serve as an auditable record of compliance with government security initiatives.
If a user is sending product from Hong Kong and there is a documentation issue that holds up the shipment, for example, the user is notified immediately, the companies said.
"Any company that imports or exports goods must be extremely diligent about managing trade compliance and security," said Beth Peterson, vice president of product solutions at Open Harbor. "Executives have to know, more precisely and faster than before, where the products are, who is handling them, how they are documented, and when events occur that put security at risk."