How To Choose the Right Global Trade Solution?

Part 2 of CATTS Guide to Digital Transformation
April 23, 2024
Written by Shivraj Singh

In the previous article of our series, we explored the complexities and challenges inherent in managing global trade compliance. As customs and trade compliance managers grapple with these obstacles, the necessity of transitioning from traditional, manual processes to digital solutions becomes ever clearer. Part two covers how digital tools can revolutionize trade compliance, offering a pathway to enhanced efficiency, accuracy, and competitiveness.

Digitization Opportunities

The shift towards digitalization in trade compliance is not merely a trend but a strategic imperative. Digital tools and software automate and streamline processes that were once manual and error-prone, transforming the landscape of global trade management.

Automated Compliance Checks: Digital solutions automate the vetting of goods against international regulations, sanctions, and embargoes, significantly reducing the risk of human error and enhancing compliance accuracy.

Real-Time Monitoring and Reporting: With the advent of digitalization, businesses can now monitor their trade activities in real time, enabling the swift identification and resolution of compliance issues. This capability simplifies the reporting process, making it easier to generate and submit the necessary documentation and reports to regulatory authorities.

Enhanced Data Management: Digital tools provide a robust framework for storing, organizing, and analyzing trade compliance data. This ensures that all relevant information, such as product classifications and licensing requirements, is readily accessible, accurate, and up-to-date, thereby streamlining decision-making processes.

Efficient Customs Processing and Global Visibility: By digitalizing trade compliance processes, companies can expedite customs procedures and enhance the visibility of their supply chain. This not only reduces delays but also provides greater insight into operations, enabling businesses to identify potential bottlenecks and ensure compliance at every stage of the supply chain.

The Role of Different Solutions in Global Trade

Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions provide an extensive suite of tools designed to streamline and manage every aspect of global trade operations. Implementing GTM solutions is a substantial financial and time commitment. Despite this required commitment, they are invaluable for organizations seeking to enhance their trade compliance and operational efficiency on a global scale. However, their broad scope can sometimes overlook specific, niche requirements of businesses, highlighting the importance of specialized solutions in complementing their capabilities.

Specialized Solutions

In the realm of trade compliance, specialized solutions play a pivotal role in bridging the gaps left by GTM systems. These targeted solutions are designed to tackle specific challenges, such as enhancing data visibility, streamlining data entry or data sharing processes — areas where broader systems might fall short, or require major investments.

Targeted solutions, such as EPOS™, are tailored to complement and enhance the capabilities of existing digital platforms, ensuring that businesses not only meet their compliance obligations more effectively but also achieve significant improvements in operational efficiency and gain a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

Implementing Digital Solutions

The journey toward digital transformation in trade compliance involves several strategic steps:

  1. Assess Your Needs: Begin by evaluating your current trade compliance processes to identify inefficiencies and areas that could benefit most from digitalization.
  2. Select the Right Tools: Consider both comprehensive GTM suites and targeted solutions like EPOS that address specific challenges. The goal is to find a balanced approach that offers broad capabilities while also filling in any gaps with specialized tools.
  3. Partnering for Success: Implementation success often hinges on working with knowledgeable partners who can offer both the technology and the expertise needed to maximize its benefits. Choose partners who understand the nuances of global trade compliance and can provide guidance tailored to your business's unique needs.

Case Study: The EPOS™ Advantage

A global manufacturing company faced significant challenges with manual trade compliance processes. Packages with attached trade documents were shared with Brokers without any pre-checks. This led to many back-and-forth requests, high error rates and customs rejections. Instead of a complete overhaul and insourcing their customs filing process, they implemented EPOS™ Broker Management. They were able to digitize their trade documents, significantly reduce manual data entry, while running automated validations on their broker instructions. The result was a 90% decrease in broker requests, errors, and customs rejections, showcasing the transformative power of digital solutions in trade compliance.


As we explore the transformative impact of digital tools on trade compliance, it's clear that technology holds the key to unlocking new levels of operational efficiency and regulatory adherence. However, the journey doesn’t end with selecting the right software.

What’s next?

In our next article, we will look at strategies for driving global trade compliance automation even when internal resources are limited. We'll explore how leveraging external expertise and strategic partnerships can provide a path forward, ensuring that your digital transformation journey is both successful and sustainable. Stay tuned for practical insights into navigating these internal challenges, highlighting the importance of comprehensive support and managed services in achieving your trade compliance goals.

How can CATTS help

Ready to transform your operations?

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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