Seko Logistics works with Hurricane Commerce

Global logistics player SEKO Logistics is to use Hurricane Commerce as its global cross-border data partner. This is to achieve frictionless trade and to manage critical new issues such as compliance with the US STOP Act and the launch next month of the EU’s Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS).

SEKO Logistics is to provide Hurricane Commerce’s technology through its OmniParcel platform that provides its clients with a global e-commerce solution. SEKO will also use other Hurricane solutions for its Transport Management System (TMS) and Warehouse Management System (WMS) portals.

The global deal follows the two companies working together on e-commerce in the USA and Australia.

David Emerson, senior vice president of e-commerce solutions at SEKO Logistics, said, “We are delighted to have chosen Hurricane as our global partner for the provision of cross-border data. We pride ourselves on only working with the best-in-class and Hurricane’s solutions are truly world-leading in the field of data provision. In today’s global e-commerce, nothing moves without the right data. Increasing rules and regulations mean that shipments have to have accurate data sets otherwise they are going to run into severe problems. For Seko, it is imperative that we keep our customers’ goods moving and Hurricane is a key partner in enabling us to achieve this.”

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, added, “The fast-moving regulatory landscape means that complete and valid data is non-negotiable in international e-commerce. Events like Brexit, the US STOP Act and, from July 1, the EU VAT Package and the Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) are having a massive impact on the requirements to succeed in cross-border e-commerce.”

This point was backed up by Hurricane co-founder, David Spottiswood: “Failure to meet the mandatory requirement for high-quality data – including product descriptions, HS6 codes, 8- and 10- digit import and export codes and country of origin – is resulting in parcels increasingly being stopped by customs. This leads to huge additional logistical and cost challenges around returns, warehousing and transportation. But just as important is the long-term damage done to the brand reputation of retailers, marketplaces and their supply-chain partners.”

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