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GXS Provides RosettaNet-Based Automated Customs Clearance Solution in Manila

Global eXchange Services Provides Philippines Bureau of Customs With Automated Customs Clearance Solution

RosettaNet Solution to Reduce Clearance Cycle Times and Transaction Costs

Gaithersburg, MD, USA. March 15, 2004.

Global eXchange Services, Inc. today announced its selection to provide a RosettaNet-based automated customs clearance solution to the Philippines Bureau of Customs in Manila. The pilot implementation and connectivity testing are already underway, with the production system planned to go live in early 2004.

The RosettaNet eCustoms Declaration Milestone Program initiative is focused on improving cycle time associated with customs clearance, including the generation and processing of shipping information required to move products through the customs process. RosettaNet's Partner Interface Process (PIP) Shipping Documentation 3B18 enables high-tech industry manufacturers, along with their freight forwarders and customs brokers, to send secure, RosettaNet Internet-based customs transactions directly to the Bureau of Customs' Automated Customs Operating System (ACOS), reducing both clearance cycle times and transaction costs.

"We are pleased to provide our customers with logistics solutions that reduce costs and improve the efficiency of global value chains. The Philippines eCustoms implementation is another example of RosettaNet solutions from Global eXchange Services that enable lower cost trading community integration for partners participating in the high-tech value chain," said Ben Wong, Global eXchange Services' vice president of Asia-Pacific.

Following a successful Malaysia implementation, the RosettaNet Philippines pilot involves movement of goods between Intel and Amkor Anam, with Exel Logistics providing freight forwarder and customs brokerage services. RosettaNet Philippines managing director Lito Zulaybar cited the progress in the RosettaNet eCustoms Program implementation as a major industry breakthrough with significant results being achieved in less than 12 months.

"The ability to facilitate trade, while reducing cycle times and costs, on both local and global levels, is a true indicator of RosettaNet's benefit to the industry," said SY Foong, RosettaNet vice president of Asia. "By further automating and standardizing the customs declaration process, companies will have the ability to conduct business through countless ports of entry and exit, in any country, with a single customs declaration form."

"On behalf of the RosettaNet consortium, we are pleased to acknowledge the ongoing collaboration and contributions delivered by our valued solution provider community. GXS has demonstrated industry leadership within the RosettaNet community, and their role in this effort further demonstrates a commitment to open industry standards initiatives such as RosettaNet," remarked Foong.

Philippines Customs Deputy Commissioner Alexander Arevalo expressed full support of the RosettaNet solution as it enables migration from EDI to cost-effective and secure Internet-based transactions. With more than 60% of total exports being generated by the semiconductor and electronics industry, implementing RosettaNet standards provides Philippines-based companies with a competitive advantage in turning around imported components into exports of finished products.

The solution is being delivered through Global eXchange Services' distributor, InterCommerce Network Services. InterCommerce has been providing solutions to the Philippines Bureau of Customs since 1998, including development of the Customs Workstation System and the recently released Web-based Customs Workstation System, which enable importers, bonded warehouse operators, customs brokers and freight forwarders to transact with the Bureau of Customs via EDI.

About RosettaNet

RosettaNet is a non-profit consortium dedicated to the collaborative development and rapid deployment of open Internet-based business standards that align processes within the global technology trading networks. More than 500 companies, representing more than $1 trillion in annual information technology, electronic components, semiconductor manufacturing and telecommunications revenues, currently participate in RosettaNet's standards development, strategy and implementation activities. Information on the consortium's worldwide activities, including a complete list of partner companies, is available at RosettaNet is a subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC).

About InterCommerce

Established in 1987 as a Distributor of Global eXchange Services, InterCommerce has been providing EDI services to more than 500 importers and Customs brokers since the launch of the remote electronic import entry lodgment facility at the Bureau of Customs in 1998. In close collaboration with Customs, InterCommerce continues to align its services with the requirements of the Bureau, as well as with the development in information technology, providing its customers with practical solutions including RosettaNet for the semiconductor and electronics industry, the WebCWS, a web-based declaration system providing transparency in Customs processes to importers, an electronic payment of Customs duties and taxes, and the IC.Logistics and IC.Warehouse for freight forwarders and bonded warehouse operators.

About Global eXchange Services

Global eXchange Services, Inc (GXS) operates one of the largest B2B e-commerce networks in the world, managing 1 billion transactions annually for more than 100,000 trading partners. With more than 35 years experience, GXS provides supply chain services and software to 60% of Fortune 500 companies. GXS is headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD and is a subsidiary of GXS Corporation. Call (800) 560-4347 or visit our Web site at


About RosettaNet Partner Interface Processes (PIPs)

"Developed with the collaboration and expertise of leading high-tech companies worldwide, RosettaNet standards offer a robust nonproprietary solution, encompassing data dictionaries, implementation framework, and XML-based business message schemas and process specifications, for e-business standardization. These standards are free to the public on the RosettaNet Web site. RosettaNet Partner Interface Processes (PIPs) are specialized system-to-system XML-based dialogs that define business processes between trading partners. Each PIP specification includes a business document with the vocabulary, and a business process with the choreography of the message dialog. PIPs apply to the following core processes: Administration; Partner, Product and Service Review; Product Introduction; Order Management; Inventory Management; Marketing Information Management; Service and Support; and Manufacturing..."

Several GXS products [Global eXchange Services EC Service Center GP 2.0; Global eXchange Services Enterprise System v7.5; Global eXchange Services Application Integrator v4.1] are certified as "RosettaNet Ready Compliant Products" in the RosettaNet Compliance Center. The RosettaNet Compliance Center lists all companies that have passed compliance testing for the RosettaNet Implementation Framework (RNIF) v.2.0 and/or selected PIPs. In November 2003 Global eXchange Services joined the RosettaNet Solutions Provider Board.


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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