How to Automate Trade Compliance with Limited Resources?

Part 3 of CATTS Guide to Digital Transformation
May 23, 2024
Written by Shivraj Singh

The journey toward automating global trade compliance is fraught with challenges, notably for organizations that find themselves constrained by a lack of in-house expertise and capacity. This final article in our series focuses on overcoming these barriers, leveraging strategic resources, and harnessing the power of managed services like those offered by CATTS to ensure a successful digital transformation.

Identifying the Challenge

The path to automating trade compliance processes often begins with an acknowledgment of the need for digital transformation to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and compliance. However, the gap between recognizing this need and achieving automation can be significant, especially for organizations lacking the necessary expertise and operational capacity.

Bridging the Expertise and Capacity Gap

The solution lies not just in acquiring new digital tools but in understanding how to implement and maximize them effectively. This requires a strategic approach that encompasses leveraging external expertise, fostering internal development, and selecting scalable, user-friendly technologies.

Leveraging External Expertise through Managed Services: Organizations can significantly benefit from partnering with companies like CATTS, which offer managed services and the technological infrastructure necessary for trade compliance automation. These services provide the expertise and operational support needed to navigate the complexities of global trade, acting as an extension of your internal team.

CATTS’s Managed Services - Enhancing Your Operations: CATTS offers more than just the EPOS system; its managed services act as a force multiplier for your existing operations team. By providing access to experts in global trade compliance and automation, CATTS can help fill the gaps in your organization’s knowledge and capacity, ensuring that your compliance processes are both effective and efficient.

Training and Developing Internal Capabilities: While leveraging external resources, it’s also vital to invest in training and development for your current staff. This dual approach ensures that while immediate needs are met through external support, your organization also builds its internal capacity for the long term.

Choosing Scalable Solutions: Adoption of scalable digital solutions like EPOS, which can be customized to fit your organization’s specific needs, is crucial. Scalability ensures that as your business grows and your expertise deepens, your compliance automation solutions can grow and adapt with you.

Strategic Steps Toward Automation

1) Assess and Plan: Conduct a thorough assessment of your current trade compliance processes to identify areas where automation can have the most significant impact. Plan your digital transformation journey with these insights in mind, prioritizing areas with the highest return on investment.

2) Partner for Success: Choose a partner like CATTS that offers both the technological solutions and the managed services necessary to implement these solutions effectively. The right partner will understand the unique challenges of trade compliance and offer tailored support.

3) Implement Gradually: Implement your chosen solutions in phases, starting with areas where they can have the quickest and most significant impact. This gradual approach allows for learning and adjustment as you go, reducing the risk of disruption to your operations.

4) Scale and Optimize: As your expertise and capacity grow, continue to scale and optimize your digital solutions to ensure they meet your evolving needs. Regular reviews and updates will help you stay at the forefront of compliance automation.

Case Study 2: Partnering for Success

Faced with the challenge of implementing a GTM suite's Origin Calculation module due to limited internal resources, a multinational corporation enlisted CATTS's expertise. CATTS seamlessly extended their team, offering the specialized knowledge and additional support needed to overcome the implementation hurdles. This partnership not only enabled the successful implementation of their Origin software, but also laid a foundation for CATTS supporting the ongoing management of this complex trade compliance process.


The transition to automated trade compliance is a strategic journey that requires careful planning, the right partnerships, and a commitment to developing internal capabilities. By addressing the challenges of expertise and capacity head-on, leveraging the managed services and technological solutions offered by companies like CATTS, and focusing on scalable, adaptable tools like EPOS, organizations can navigate the path to automation with confidence. This strategic approach ensures that businesses can meet the demands of global trade compliance today and in the future, turning potential obstacles into opportunities for growth and success.

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Let CATTS be your guide in navigating the complexities of digital transformation. Contact us today, and let us help you find the right solution for your unique trade compliance needs. Together, we can ensure that your business not only meets but exceeds the demands of global trade, setting a new standard for success in the digital age.

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