Ingram Micro expands use of Descartes’ denied party screening solution to Europe


Descartes Systems Group has announced that Ingram Micro Inc., provider of technology and supply chain services, is expanding its use of Descartes’ denied party screening solution to the company’s European operations to help ensure global trade compliance.

Ingram Micro is a long-time Descartes denied party screening customer in North America where it uses the solution to minimize the risk of transacting business with parties who may be subject to trade restrictions.

“With more than 200,000 customers in 160 countries and an extensive sales and distribution network worldwide, denied party screening is an important aspect of trade compliance,” said Kristi Kim, Director, Compliance and Export Operations at Ingram Micro. “As we expand our European operations, standardising on the Descartes solution enables us to more thoroughly screen parties while maintaining the strict data privacy rules that exist in the European Union.”

From Fortune 500 companies, like Ingram Micro, to small ecommerce retailers, companies must ensure that business is not transacted with persons, entities, corporations or countries that appear on prohibited or restricted lists maintained by government agencies and international organizations that regulate global trade. The penalties for non-compliance can include fines, revocation of export privileges, and criminal charges, in addition to the potential for reputational damage.

Using Descartes’ MK Denied Party Screening solutions, companies can easily and efficiently screen customers, prospects, suppliers, employees and partners against a comprehensive international database of denied and restricted parties. Customers can tailor their screening processes to fit their unique risk parameters, flag potential compliance issues for resolution, and integrate denied party screening information with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and global trade management (GTM) systems.

“We’re pleased to help support Ingram Micro’s compliance initiative as part of its European expansion,” said Ken Harris, Head of Denied Party Screening at Descartes Systems Group. “With such a high-volume international business, a key challenge in the screening process is balancing risk parameters and business needs. Descartes’ solution allows companies to sensitivity-adjust risk concerns, choose industry-specific lists to ensure the proper breadth of screening coverage, and fit the volume of business transactions generated by the organization whether high, medium or low.”

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