Any time goods cross borders, customs authorities need to be informed, usually by means of an electronic customs declaration. This is a time-critical process in the supply chain, and one that customs managers often handle manually because of differing rules, regulations, data structures, and communication protocols—even within a single customs jurisdiction like the EU.
Customs4trade’s Customs Accounting System (CAS) Declarations Module automates the customs declaration process, accelerating import/export time, ensuring compliance, and providing a holistic view of your customs and trade operations. Say goodbye to brokers and third-party customs declarants. C4T’s CAS Declarations Module allows you to take control of your international commerce and provides the data you need to optimise operations.
1. Speed to Market
RESTful APIs allow for easy integration into ERP or WMS, and with our fast onboarding capability, business users can get up and running in CAS without the need for IT support.
Before you know it, your declarations will be fully centralised and automated, accelerating your customs and trade operations.
Gain insights, monitor KPIs, and get instant status reports with an intuitive dashboard that provides a consolidated, real-time overview across all operations and multiple countries.
3. Global Standard
The CAS internal data model for declarations is based on the World Customs Organisation (WCO) data model.
4. Assured Compliance
C4T’s customs experts continually update the system with changes to customs law, so you can rest assured you’re in compliance. Legal content is included in CAS, to keep up with changing legislation.
At C4T, we have a laser-like focus on data, since it is ubiquitous and absolutely key to generating the insights and perspective you need to improve your business. The ability to centralise information, structure large volumes of raw data, generate valuable reports, and share it all with other stakeholders is what differentiates us.
Our dashboards translate raw data into relevant insights about certain metrics, such as the number of declarations with customs errors, the total amount of duties paid, or the throughput time of a declaration from its entry into CAS to its being released.
To bridge the gap between article-based logistics systems and declaration-based customs procedures, CAS uses the concept of a Customs Shipment. A Customs Shipment is a shipment which needs to be cleared for unloading or departure at a certain location. The creation of a Customs Shipment is triggered upon ingestion of a determined message type into CAS. There can be a variety of message types such as an ASN, PO, SO, invoice, factory complete message, an Excel upload in the CAS User Interface, or a similar message sent out by the client's system.
Once the shipment is established, the process begins by sending lightweight Customs Shipment data on any inbound or outbound shipments to CAS, which integrates seamlessly with your ERP or WMS. This data submission triggers a rule which then auto-selects the appropriate Customs Flow. Customs Flows include different declaration steps and deliver the requisite data to customs, Port Community Systems, and business partners. Each Customs Flow is configurable and can aggregate data according to its needs, including master data, valuation, tariff measures, and any other default data or manually entered data necessary for compliance.
The CAS Declarations Module files the declaration, shares information with business partners, automatically resubmits data if needed, and provides exit confirmation—all with little to no human intervention. Multiple user profiles including Declarant, Warehouse Operator, Customs Manager, and Customs Broker provide different roles with exactly the information they need to see via the role-based dashboard.
Carmen Wallays, Procurement & Logistics Director, Agristo