April 01, 2014: Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, acquired Computer Management USA, a leading US-based provider of security filing solutions and air cargo management solutions for airlines and their partners.
Computer Management's solutions help air carriers to improve operational efficiency and streamline security filing and customs clearance processes, directly and through coordination with ground handlers and container freight stations. The air cargo community is challenged by a rapidly evolving global regulatory environment where customs authorities around the world continue to implement mandates designed to improve security. Recent examples include U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Air Cargo Advanced Screening Initiative (ACAS), the European Union's Import Control System (ICS) and Preloading Consignment Information for Secure Entry (PRECISE), Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) Advance Commercial Information (ACI) system.
"Computer Management has provided air cargo management applications and security filing solutions to leading airlines and their partners for more than 15 years," said John Lamberti, CEO at Computer Management. "Computer Management strengthens Descartes' Customs and Regulatory Compliance platform with additional airline-focused functionality while adding a community of hundreds of ground handlers and container freight stations to Descartes' Global Logistics Network."
"We're pleased to welcome Computer Management and its customers to the Descartes community," said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes' CEO. "Computer Management customers will now have access to a wider geographic range of customs filing solutions and additional value-added services for the air industry that leverage our Global Logistics Network, such as eFreight and Cargo2000. We look forward to combining forces to broaden the capabilities and reach of our joint solutions, which help improve the efficiency and security of the air cargo industry."
Computer Management has offices in Florida and New York. The all cash purchase price for the acquisition was US $6.6 million.