Automate Global Import/Export Processes Across Your Enterprise with SAP GTS

  • by Rajen Iyer, Cofounder and CTO, Krypt, Inc.
  • July 1, 2004
For many companies, import/export trade processes are conducted manually. Automating these processes will reduce errors and reduce costly maintenance. SAP has introduced Global Trade Services (GTS), an application that runs on the NetWeaver platform, to help automate processes whether they run within or outside the R/3 enterprise structure. Get an inside look at GTS’s capabilities with this article.

Many companies that do business globally have automated their supply chains, yet they continue to rely on costly manual import/export trade processes. This is especially surprising in light of increased restrictions due to security concerns, low-cost sourcing abroad, and a greater reliance on distributed manufacturing.

Manual processes are not only prone to error, but also require high maintenance on day-to-day operations and business processes. They are difficult to deploy across the company and to integrate with the supply chain. The manual processes create bottlenecks within supply chain processes and add unpredictable lead times to the cycle. An automated global trade system can overcome these problems and increase customer satisfaction.

The good news is that, because international trade regulations are becoming more stringent, government agencies are moving toward automation. For example, you will see an increased availability of electronic submission, content for denial party list (DPL) screening with business partners, content for classification, and license determination. To help you automate your international trade processes, SAP has introduced Global Trade Services (GTS). It can help automate compliance in key areas such as:

  • DPL or Sanctioned Party List (SPL) screening of business partners

  • DPL/SPL screening at a transactional level (e.g., order to cash, cross-company stock transport orders, procure to pay, or shipments)

  • Embargo checking with master data and transaction data

  • Import/export controls and license determination

Rajen Iyer

Rajen Iyer is the cofounder and CTO at Krypt, Inc. Rajen has written several in-depth, best practice articles, white papers, patents, and best-selling books on SAP Logistics and SAP Global Trade Services, including Effective SAP SD and Implementing SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services. He is also an invited speaker at industry conferences.

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