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  October 20th, 2017 | Written by

GEODIS Selects Amber Road to Boost Trade Compliance

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  • Many companies look to foreign markets to grow top line revenues.
  • Exporters struggle to screen customers against restricted party lists and determine license requirements.
  • Logistics provider GEODIS has chosen Amber Road to screen trade partners and ensure compliance with sanctions.

Amber Road, a provider of global trade management (GTM) solutions, announced that GEODIS, a European transport and logistics provider, has chosen the Amber Road Export On-Demand solution to screen third-party trade partners to ensure compliance with global sanctions and embargo lists.

Historically, GEODIS’ verification of customers, partners and transactions was handled semi-independently in each of GEODIS’ five lines of business, with some oversight by the group Customs department. As part of its continual drive to improve standards while increasing efficiency, GEODIS looked for a way to automate and centralize those processes.

Using the Restricted Party Screening module in Amber Road’s Export On-Demand solution, GEODIS will be able to transform its screening processes, replacing numerous disparate and partial systems with a single system covering its worldwide operations.

“Solidifying our compliance systems allows GEODIS to grow in a more assured way, as it protects us from risky transactions and enables us to prove to customers that we are compliant with export control regulations,” said Bruno Beauvillier, Group Customs and Export Control Director at GEODIS. “We chose Amber Road because of its ability to maintain hundreds of lists, and the presence of a local Amber Road team in France gave us great value in supporting our decision process.”

GEODIS chose the Amber Road solution in large part because it provides the most comprehensive, continually updated global coverage of more than 570 restricted party lists from government institutions worldwide. Other factors include the ability to configure the solution to suit GEODIS’ organizational structure and priorities, reducing false positives and streamlining validation/rejection decision-making and escalation procedures. Additionally, as each request and its context are automatically archived, the solution can provide valuable assistance with discovery and due diligence processes, enabling GEODIS to document and validate past decisions.

“We are seeing a growing trend of 3PL companies embracing transformative global trade management solutions that enable them to penetrate new markets and expand existing markets,” said Jim Preuninger, CEO of Amber Road. “To this end, we are very pleased to add GEODIS to our roster of France-headquartered customers, an opportunity to leverage our local and international resources to help this industry leader improve its trade compliance processes.”

The Amber Road solution is being rolled-out in stages through the different lines of business, beginning with screening of priority transactions and partners, and expanding to include new entities. Within a few weeks of the implementation kick-off in January 2017, key teams were already using the solution.