Since its introduction
just six months ago, the Global Trade Desktop has already impressed
industry veterans as a powerful system to control the constantly
changing world of classification and trade data management.
This is the first classification tool I have seen in my 30 years in
trade compliance that will actually help a trade professional be
truly compliant, said Tim Shepherd following a webinar about a new
classification and data management system called the Global Trade
Global Trade professionals around the world face a unique challenge:
building and maintaining large classification databases, with
classification responsibility for multiple countries, for multiple
business units around the world, and with country tariffs and
customs regulations constantly changing.
Global Trade Desktop (Desktop) was developed specifically to
manage this complex challenge. Here's how.
First, the Desktop becomes the enterprise-wide system of record or
the 'single version of the truth for classification and customs
information about every item a company moves across any
international border. Every company using the Desktop receives a
customized, web-enabled SQL database designed to meet
company-specific data requirements. Data may be uploaded from any
system, from any business unit around the world. Any type of
document may be uploaded and assigned to any item at any time during
the classification research process. An Intelligent Grid allows the
user to easily create customized views of the data, quickly sort and
filter data, assign items in groups to manage classification work
flow, and so much more.
Second, every company using the Desktop is provided their own
unique and secure website. Each website is customized to meet
company-specific workflow requirements. The website may be accessed
worldwide by any authorized user by simply logging on through the
Internet. Intelligent Access provides a roles-based system to
effectively manage large, complex, multi-country classification
databases within multi-national companies. An administrator can
easily control the functions any given user may perform, the data
any given user may see, the responsibilities any given user may
have, and so much more. Every Desktop is protected by the same
rigorous encryption protocols for data transmission and security as
on-line banking and other secure websites.
Third, every company using the Desktop benefits from classification
best-practices continually cultivated from leading trade
professionals through an on-going research and development effort.
At Global Data Mining, we work with trade professionals around the
world and continue to learn about the challenges they face and the
solutions needed to meet those challenges. The Desktop, designed
using the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, updates returning
users with the latest best-practice enhancements installed since
their previous login. It's like having a network of global trade
professionals working continually to improve your company's
classification and trade data management.
Fourth, every company using the Desktop can integrate
classification data with any computer application, and with any
business unit around the world. The Desktop is designed so approved
classification data can be easily formatted for use by Global Trade
Management (GTM) applications, Importer Security Filing (10+2)
applications, Product Lifecycle Management applications,
Transportation Management Systems, ERP systems, or any other
application that may need customs and classification data.
Unlike many technology companies that have come before us, we
understand that you can't automate the professional judgment
required for customs classification. The Desktop empowers your
company's customs compliance team to effectively accomplish the
challenging task of managing, maintaining and using trade data
throughout your entire enterprise.
Companies that successfully implement global trade automation in the
coming years will reduce costs, increase supply chain speed and
create significant competitive advantage over those that do not
Effective management of company trade data is just one of three
pillars of a successful enterprise-wide global trade automation
Pillar 1: Every
enterprise solution requires current, accurate, and digitized
country-specific trade data. Our sister company CUSTOMS Info
provides the World's most comprehensive trade data repository
delivered via web-based subscription or as data to populate any GTM
Landed Cost application, or any other application that may need
country-specific trade data.
Pillar 2: Every enterprise solution requires company-specific trade
data with HTS classifications assigned to each item, for every
country, with supportive rulings and other documentation stored with
the item in the database. Critical customs data should be stored in
a universally accessible web-enabled database that is easy to
maintain and update as information like tariffs change over time.
These are precisely the functions our Global Trade Desktop
Pillar 3: Every enterprise solution requires global trade management
applications designed to automate import and export business
processes on a global scale like those of our strategic partners
SAP, Oracle, MIC, Kewill, Arigo, Qwestaweb and others.
Since launching a series of webinars to introduce the Desktop to
trade professionals, I have been amazed by the number and diversity
of the attendees. Our webinars have attracted a global audience
representing businesses from Fortune 100 companies to small private
firms. All levels of trade professional, including company
presidents, compliance managers and analysts, and all types of
businesses, from importers and exporters to legal and brokerage
firms, have expressed interest in the ease, flexibility and
effectiveness of our classification solution.
The Global Trade Desktop solves critical challenges facing trade
professionals all around the world. We have leveraged
state-of-the-art technology and innovative thinking to make
managing, maintaining and using complex classification databases
vastly more effective.
Submitted by: Matt Gersper Global Data Mining, LLC T: 214-906-6151 E: [email protected]
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