Overseas Transaction Patents (Class 705/331)
  • Patent number: 11922743
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a logistics information processing method and apparatus, and a device. The method includes: a blockchain node receives a locking request sent by a handheld terminal, and the locking request includes an identifier of an electronic lock on a logistics box and a waybill number of an item in the logistics box; the blockchain node acquires an unlocking key of the electronic lock corresponding to the waybill number according to the locking request, and the unlocking key is confirmed by a receiving terminal corresponding to the item; the blockchain node generates a locking instruction according to the unlocking key and the waybill number, and sends the locking instruction to the electronic lock, where the locking instruction is used to instruct the electronic lock to lock, and store the unlocking key and the waybill number. Logistics security of the item is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: BEIJING JINGDONG ZHENSHI INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenfeng Yang, Wenming Zhe, Binbin Xiu
  • Patent number: 11669798
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for clearing internationally shipped items through government customs agencies. Aspects of the invention utilize a unifying database to consolidate information from different parties (e.g., government entities, shippers, carriers, brokers, and item recipients) associated with delivery of an internationally shipped item in a common location. The unifying database facilitates communication between different the parties that use different data protocols, different data formats, different data types, different EDI, etc., Parties can update relevant information corresponding to their responsibilities within the unified database. When one party updates information, other parties can be notified electronically in essentially real time of status changes relevant to item delivery. Brokers can be assigned for at-will clearance work based on broker profile information maintained in the unifying database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: KlearNow Corporation
    Inventors: Ulf Sandberg, Rick Tellez, Sam Tyagi
  • Patent number: 11663635
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method that can identify whether an item is a dangerous good. The system can determine whether a product belongs in any of a number of different classes of dangerous goods from among a plurality of different regulations based on a machine learning algorithm which performs a text-based classification. In one example, the method may include receiving an identification of an object, retrieving a plurality of descriptive attributes of the object from a data store and converting the plurality of descriptive attributes into an input string, predicting whether the object is a dangerous object via execution of a text-based machine learning algorithm that receives the input string as an input, and outputting information about the prediction of the object for display via a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Julian Stoettinger, Volker Loch, Rolf Mahr, Rohit Kumar Gupta, Johannes Hoehne
  • Patent number: 11367047
    Abstract: A method of improving computer and database systems for location, operation, call, update, and supply of product, in particular industrial lubricant products, to vessels at ports located across the world, comprising: first generating, by a processor, a first ranking of a plurality of ports based on locational data of the vessel and net delivery costs of the lubricant product at the plurality of ports; then generating, by the processor, a second ranking of the plurality of ports based on lubricant-supplying facilities present at the plurality of ports and market clearing prices of the lubricant product at the plurality of ports; then selecting one of the plurality of the ports based on the first ranking and the second ranking; also, supplying the lubricant product to the vessel at the selected port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Gulf Oil Marine Limited
    Inventors: Kwan Yin Philip Chan, Cheuk Fai Szeto, Safiul Karim Gazi
  • Patent number: 10451341
    Abstract: Techniques for remotely monitoring the operation of a cargo shipping reefer container configured with a refrigeration system that has installed therewith a control computer coupled with sensors monitoring the operation of the refrigeration system include: collecting a first and second set of observation data comprising a respective first and second sequence of measurement values measured by sensors coupled to the control computer; running a simulation model that receives the first set of observation data as input and outputs simulated values; the simulation model is configured to output the simulated values as estimates of the second set of the observations; computing an indicator value as a function of residual values computed from the difference between the values of the second set of observations and the simulated values; and evaluating the indicator value against a predefined criterion and issuing an alarm signal in case the predefined criterion is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: MAERSK LINE A/S
    Inventors: Ragnar Ingi Jónsson, Morten Juel Skovrup, Rabia Line Bonding Granlund, Thierry Seurin, Rasmus Solmer Eriksen, Morten Rene Baerentz
  • Patent number: 10417602
    Abstract: A method and system for vetting items being shipped across national boundaries using a new technology enabling an automated system is provided. In particular, the automated system screens items for shipping through customs and validating the items for shipment according to customs rules and regulations. The system identifies and applies the appropriate rules for customs and other responsible agencies pertaining to the eligibility of any item being imported into a particular country. The present invention utilizes an unconventional combination of image recognition technology, machine learning algorithms, and rule engine algorithms to categorize, identify, and apply the appropriate rules to each and every item being considered for importation to another country.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Bridge, Inc.
    Inventors: John Farley, John Warr, Cameron M. Laghaeian
  • Patent number: 10293899
    Abstract: An acquisition unit acquires weather and marine data indicating a ship voyage schedule that serves as a reference, actual performance data, fuel consumption data, and weather and marine conditions the ship has encountered during a voyage. A time difference data generation unit calculates the difference between the time indicated by the reference data and the time indicated by the actual performance data for each of the journeys between ports. Projected fuel consumption calculation unit calculates projected fuel consumption for each of the journeys between ports based on the reference data, weather and marine data and fuel consumption data. Fuel consumption difference data generation unit calculates the difference between the projected fuel consumption and the actual fuel consumption amount indicated by the actual performance data for each of the journeys between ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Kakuta
  • Publication number: 20150019454
    Abstract: Consumer goods sold through international ecommerce sites can be classified using pertinent information extracted from data related to previous sales/shipping of commodities. A database stores historical information related to previous sales of commodities, including a description of the commodity, HS code, weight, size, etc. When a consumer makes a purchase of a commodity on-line with a request for an international shipment, the server operating the seller's website provides descriptive information related to the commodity being sold to a classifier server. The classifier server accesses the database and performs a search of the information stored in the database using the information provided by the seller's server to find a best match for the commodity being currently sold. The classifier server will then determine one or more parameters for the commodity based on the historical data stored in the database, that are used to calculate the fully landed cost for the commodity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: MARTIN H. HELSETH, David W. Coulson
  • Patent number: 8918341
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a return label for merchandise being returned from a buyer or consumer in a first country to a merchant in a second country. A name and address of a consumer in the first country desiring to return merchandise and merchant or seller information including a merchant identifier is received. An address for receiving returns for the merchant or seller in the second country is accessed based on the merchant information. One or more machine readable identifiers for use by a first country carrier and for use by a second country carrier based at least on the consumer information, and information for routing the return merchandise are generated. A return label for merchandise being returned from the consumer to the merchant is generated. The return label can include the machine readable identifiers and a customs declaration for the merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Shea R. Felix, Kate A. Sobel, Rachel E. Clausen
  • Publication number: 20140344180
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide improved systems, methods and computer program products for managing the delivery of items across international borders. Systems and methods for facilitating an international cross-border shipment from an exporting entity to an import entity are provided. The method may include the steps of: receiving, via an import computer system, shipping data comprising a pickup location and a delivery location corresponding to an item to be delivered from an export entity to an import entity; providing an interactive display offering a plurality of label delivery options to an import entity; receiving a selection from the import entity of a select label delivery option; generating a commercial invoice using at least in part the received shipping data; and providing a label and the commercial invoice according to the selected label delivery option.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: JOHN PIRRELLO, STUART MARCUS, JOHN R. SLAYTON, ROBERT L. KLINGENBERG
  • Publication number: 20140330736
    Abstract: A method includes receiving an electronic logistics document containing logistics data of received goods, processing the logistics data, and generating an electronic customs declaration. Generating can include extracting from the logistics document logistics data, deriving from the extracted logistics data customs data related to a customs procedure, and generating for at least a part of the received goods an electronic customs declaration document containing the customs data. The method can include providing the electronic customs declaration document at an output interface, transmitting the electronic customs declaration document to an input interface of an electronic customs clearance declaration system, receiving, from the electronic customs clearance declaration system, clearance data regarding the received goods at a second input interface, and marking the logistics data with a first marking to signal that the customs procedure has been completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Hans Chelniak, Jochen Thierer, Christian Stadler, Stefan Brunner, Andreas Moschel
  • Publication number: 20140279440
    Abstract: A system and method of generating customs documentation for the export of goods from a first country to a second country. A database populated with restrictions and/or prohibitions corresponding to thousands of goods is accessed via a computing device. A description and attributes of a good is received and an indicator for the good is determined. Prohibitions and/or restrictions corresponding to the good are presented via the device. A governmental fee for the good is determined. A database with rules to determine a form based at least on the first country, the second country, and the attributes of the good is accessed. The determined form is automatically populated with at least the indicator for the good and the governmental fee, and a label is automatically developed. The indicator and other attributes of the good, the amount of the governmental fee, and identification of the form used are stored in a database for efficient future use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Shea R. Felix
  • Publication number: 20140258098
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a return label for merchandise being returned from a buyer or consumer in a first country to a merchant in a second country. A name and address of a consumer in the first country desiring to return merchandise and merchant or seller information including a merchant identifier is received. An address for receiving returns for the merchant or seller in the second country is accessed based on the merchant information. One or more machine readable identifiers for use by a first country carrier and for use by a second country carrier based at least on the consumer information, and information for routing the return merchandise are generated. A return label for merchandise being returned from the consumer to the merchant is generated. The return label can include the machine readable identifiers and a customs declaration for the merchandise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Shea R. Felix, Kate A. Sobel, Rachel E. Clausen
  • Patent number: 8805748
    Abstract: The invention seeks to improve the effectiveness of sortation and delivery point processing of military mail on behalf of the U.S. military.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan O'Martin, Robert Fisher, Carlos Macia, Wayne Slip
  • Patent number: 8744977
    Abstract: Disclosed is an integrated global shipment system that provides end-to-end visibility of the movement of a package. The integrated global shipment system employs a shipment consolidating application for integrating one or more freight tracking systems with one or more end-delivery systems. As a result, shippers are provided with complete visibility of the movement of their shipments of goods from an origin country to a destination country and till the final consignees. In addition, the integrated shipment system significantly decreases the cost of managing inventories by providing a virtual inventory solution. Under this virtual inventory solution, suppliers are able to bypass distribution centers and delay allocation of goods until after the importation of goods into a destination country.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Amling, George R. Post, David S. Zamsky, Kenneth T. Rankin, Stuart D. Marcus, Bruce L. Woods
  • Patent number: 8732093
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and computer program products for enabling duty determination for each of a plurality of commingled international shipments being shipped to a plurality of consignees located in a country, the plurality of commingled international shipments being packed in an over packed carton. In general, various embodiments of the invention involve receiving information for each of the commingled international shipments that identifies the consignee for each of the commingled international shipments, creating an individual shipment identifier for each of the commingled international shipments, and associating each individual shipment identifier with the information for the corresponding commingled international shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis P. Mack
  • Patent number: 8725656
    Abstract: A freight rate manager provides rules for calculating freight rates for use in delivering real-time costing information. The freight rate manager includes a rate sheet input module for accepting data describing a rate sheet. A rate sheet analyzer analyzes the rate sheet to identify potential errors and compares the rate sheet against rate sheet templates. If a template matches the rate sheet, then the rate sheet analyzer interprets the rate sheet according to the template. If the rate sheet analyzer does not find a matching template, a communications module sends the rate sheet to another location or otherwise stores the rate sheet for analysis. An accessorial charges module accepts information about accessorial charges. The outputs of the rate sheet analyzer and the accessorial charges module are provided to a rule generator which generates rules for calculating freight rates given the rates in the rate sheet and the accessorial charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Gill, Antony A. Awaida, Ian J. H. Williams
  • Patent number: 8682808
    Abstract: Information of articles to be loaded is received, indicating and numbers of the articles to be loaded. A historic loading plan record is read. An item of the historic loading plan record includes at least a loading plan and an adaptive index corresponding to the loading plan. A loading plan suitable for the current transportation is generated based on the historic loading plan record and the information of articles to be loaded. The technical solution of this invention may reduce the requirements on storage and computing resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Wei Ding, Jin Dong, Minmin Qiu, Wei Wang, Yan Qing Xie
  • Publication number: 20140074741
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention may reduce the amount of time a consumer spends coordinating a move. A system is provided which may guide the consumer through the process of planning the move, including developing an inventory of items to be transported. Based on the consumer's plan, quotes for the move may be provided from multiple movers, and each quote may be an exact price that a mover will charge, rather than merely an estimate. To enable movers to provide exact quotes, some embodiments of the invention implement a standard pricing methodology. The system may allow movers to define pricing information in accordance with the methodology, and this information may be used to calculate a quote for a move when a consumer requests one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Unpakt, LLC
    Inventors: Sharone Ben-Harosh, Daniel Cooke, Amish Gandhi, John Negron, Israel Carmel
  • Patent number: 8631091
    Abstract: In one embodiment, program code is added to a social network's web pages or site such that the content a first user accesses is locally stored at the first user's system. When another user, who is a friend of the first user, as defined by the social networking site, browses to that same content, the program code fetches it from the first user, instead of directly from the social networking site. The content is thus directly exchanged between the users without a transaction at the website. The present invention leverages the storage and bandwidth resources of social networking users to help serve content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Alan Mislove, Ravi Sundaram
  • Patent number: 8626674
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein relate generally to the integration of a shipping label with a customs form to provide a single label having postage, addressing, customs and other information for international shipping. In one embodiment, a method for generating an international shipping a package comprises the steps of providing shipping information associated with the package, the information comprising address information of the origin, address information of the destination, postage information including a postage amount due to a post service and a customs form number unique within the post service; processing a shipping label having the shipping information displayed thereon; and affixing the shipping label to the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: PSI Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry T. Whitehouse
  • Patent number: 8600906
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods of classifying exports. These systems and methods are generally computer implemented methodologies, or software for implementing such methodologies on a computer or computer network, that serve to make it easier to determine the classification of an export and to generate a report associated with that classification. Through a series of user inputs of information about the export entered at the user's own personal computer, the classification software installed on the remote auxiliary computer generates a classification report associated with the export and transmits the report to the personal computer via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: ECCNSelect, LLC
    Inventors: Marshall V. Miller, Sean T. Murray, Charles W. Ballard
  • Publication number: 20130311392
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods of classifying exports. These systems and methods are generally computer implemented methodologies, or software for implementing such methodologies on a computer or computer network, that serve to make it easier to determine the classification of an export and to generate a report associated with that classification. Through a series of user inputs of information about the export entered at the user's own personal computer, the classification software installed on the remote auxiliary computer generates a classification report associated with the export and transmits the report to the personal computer via the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Marshall V. Miller, Sean T. Murray, Charles W. Ballard
  • Publication number: 20130232088
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, methods, apparatus, systems and/or computer readable mediums are provided. According to some embodiments, a method includes generating at least one shipment request data object based at least in part on at least one outbound delivery data object; generating at least one freight unit data object based at least in part on the at least one shipment request data object; generating at least one shipment data object based at least in part on the at least one freight unit data object; generating at least one invoice data object based at least in part on the at least one shipment data object; and generating at least one customs export document based at least in part on the at least one invoice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Hans Chelniak, Torsten Stolz
  • Patent number: 8494975
    Abstract: A method and tool for estimating a ship date profile for a business (e.g., a business that is not in operation), includes simulating a plurality of dynamic events to estimate the ship date profile for the business. The plurality of dynamic events may include, for example, at least one of stochastic customer shopping traffic, an uncertainty of order size, a customer preference of a product feature and demand forecast, an inventory policy, a sourcing policy and a supply planning policy, and a manufacturing lead time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Young Min Lee, Stephen John Buckley
  • Patent number: 8489536
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method includes receiving an electronic document that comprising a list of one or more features specified for use during processing of the electronic document by an application. The method also includes determining if one or more specified features from the list of specified features is not supported by the application. The method includes executing an operation that is defined by a prescription associated with one or more specified features, in response to a determination that the one or more specified features is not supported by the application, wherein the prescription defines at least one of an operation to be performed or a restriction to be applied by the application as part of subsequent processing of the electronic document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeff Young, Ed A. Taft
  • Publication number: 20130179340
    Abstract: Local shipping addresses in a first country are assigned to a plurality of consumers having physical addresses in at least one country other than the first country. A request is obtained, from an e-commerce retailer, for a corresponding one of the local shipping addresses. Product information, an indication of a desired form of shipping from the e-commerce retailer to the corresponding one of the local shipping addresses, and an indication of a desired form of shipping from the corresponding one of the local shipping addresses to a corresponding one of the physical addresses in the at least one country other than the first country are obtained. An indication of an estimated fully landed cost associated with the on-line shopping session is dispatched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventor: MasterCard International Incorporated
  • Publication number: 20130091069
    Abstract: A logistics management system (LMS) may generate electronic air waybills for a received freight waybill when a bilateral agreement is in place between at least a destination country and a origin country on the freight waybill. Bilateral agreements may also be associated with particular accounts, carriers, or shippers, such that freight waybills processed by an LMS cause the LMS to generate an electronic air waybill when information on the freight waybill matches a bilateral agreement. If no bilateral agreement applies then a paper air waybill may be generated. The bilateral agreements for individual destination countries, origin countries, and accounts may be stored in a database of the LMS, which is searched when processing a freight waybill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: William Loebertmann, JoAnn Jancik
  • Patent number: 8417646
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, methods, apparatus, systems and/or computer readable mediums are provided. According to some embodiments, a method includes generating at least one shipment request data object based at least in part on at least one outbound delivery data object; generating at least one freight unit data object based at least in part on the at least one shipment request data object; generating at least one shipment data object based at least in part on the at least one freight unit data object; generating at least one invoice data object based at least in part on the at least one shipment data object; and generating at least one customs export document based at least in part on the at least one invoice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Hans Chelniak, Torsten Stolz
  • Patent number: 8417647
    Abstract: A control method, for a transaction management server of a transaction administrator administrating commodity transactions between a seller and a buyer, comprises transmitting to a forwarder terminal an instruction to transport a commodity received along with price information of the commodity from a seller terminal; writing the price information into a database; receiving from the forwarder terminal and writing into the database the number of the waybill issued when the commodity is loaded into transportation by the forwarder; transmitting to the seller terminal information indicating that the transaction administrator has made an alternative payment for the commodity; receiving from the forwarder terminal and writing into the database the number of the waybill put on the commodity having arrived at a destination and commodity identification information; receiving the commodity identification information of the commodity delivered to the buyer from the forwarder terminal, and transmitting to a buyer terminal
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsui-Soko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Fujioka, Hiroki Natori
  • Patent number: 8401975
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for analyzing package performance in a materials handling facility may include calculating an expected shipping cost for an item package and an actual shipping cost for the item package to determine excess shipping costs due to shipping item packages in the wrong container. The expected shipping cost may be the sum of the transportation cost and shipping materials cost when the item package is shipped in a recommended container. The actual shipping cost may be the sum of the transportation cost and shipping materials cost when the item is shipped in another container. The shipping materials costs may include the costs of the containers themselves and any non-item contents in the containers. A package performance analyzer may be configured to calculate excess shipping costs, generate various package performance reports according to received report parameters, and recommend corrective actions, including changing the available container types or providing training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Tian, Devesh Mishra, Mackenzie Smith, James E. Bacus
  • Patent number: 8364608
    Abstract: A business object model, which reflects data that is used during a given business transaction, is utilized to generate interfaces. This business object model facilitates commercial transactions by providing consistent interfaces that are suitable for use across industries, across businesses, and across different departments within a business during a business transaction. In some operations, software creates, updates, or otherwise processes information related to an export declaration and/or an export declaration request business object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Thomas Hammer, Florian Hoffmann, Andre Adam, Waldemar Kramer, Thilo Kraehmer, Michael Seubert, Flavio Baita, Matthaeus Martynus
  • Publication number: 20130006821
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide improved systems, methods and computer program products for managing the delivery of items across international borders. Systems and methods for facilitating an international cross-border shipment from an exporting entity to an import entity are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John Pirrello, Stuart Marcus, John R. Slayton, Robert L. Klingenberg
  • Publication number: 20120278250
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods of classifying exports. These systems and methods are generally computer implemented methodologies, or software for implementing such methodologies on a computer or computer network, that serve to make it easier to determine the classification of an export and to generate a report associated with that classification. Through a series of user inputs of information about the export entered at the user's own personal computer, the classification software installed on the remote auxiliary computer generates a classification report associated with the export and transmits the report to the personal computer via the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Marshall V. Miller, Sean T. Murray, Charles W. Ballard
  • Patent number: 8285649
    Abstract: Distributing disaster relief supplies, in one aspect, may include determining cross shipping of disaster relief supplies between points of distribution using one or more combinations of information. The information may include one or more of on-hand inventory of each point of distribution, in-transit inventory to each point of distribution, demand queue of disaster victims at each point of distribution, traveling time between supply staging area and points of distribution, traveling time between points of distribution, number of transportation vehicles available for cross shipping, minimum batch size for cross shipping, frequency of cross shipping, and point of distribution activation status, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Markus Ettl, Soumyadip Ghosh, Young M. Lee
  • Publication number: 20120215714
    Abstract: Electronic processing of the paper air waybills improves the speed and reduces the cost of providing air waybills. Enhanced services available for e-freight air waybills include automatic locking of the air waybills and automatic export quality assurance. E-freight air waybills may be identified by special handling codes such as e-Freight Air Waybill with Paper Document (EAP) and e-Freight Air Waybill without Paper Document (EAW). Additionally, an air waybill history may be created for the e-freight air waybills. The history may include freight waybill (FWB) messages and freight negative acknowledgement (FNA) messages related to the e-freight air waybill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: Unisys Corp.
    Inventors: William Loebertmann, JoAnn Jancik
  • Publication number: 20120191622
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and computer program products for enabling duty determination for each of a plurality of commingled international shipments being shipped to a plurality of consignees located in a country, the plurality of commingled international shipments being packed in an over packed carton. In general, various embodiments of the invention involve receiving information for each of the commingled international shipments that identifies the consignee for each of the commingled international shipments, creating an individual shipment identifier for each of the commingled international shipments, and associating each individual shipment identifier with the information for the corresponding commingled international shipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis P. Mack
  • Publication number: 20120123921
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a brokerage operations support system to facilitate international shipping of goods into a country. The system receives information pertaining to a shipment and rates the shipment for a specific country by applying rules defined for the country's customs regulations. Status information of the shipment is received by the system, including whether the shipment has cleared the importing country's customs process. If the shipment has not cleared, the handling systems ensure the shipment is withheld from delivery until clearance is obtained. A flexible system architecture comprising a server and both attended and unattended workstations for a core system that can be modified to allow rating and processing of shipments occur in various modes to accommodate the procedures for each importing country.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: DALE BLACK, GARY CLEMENTS
  • Publication number: 20120078805
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for export control includes providing input for an invoice to a computer device. The invoice is for a sale or potential sale of at least one of goods and services. A computer device determines whether at least one of a customer, location for receipt of goods, and location for receipt of services is associated with an embargo state. The computer device blocks any portion of the invoice determined to be associated with an embargo state. The computer device determines if the at least one of goods and services requires at least one export license or other permission for exporting the at least one of goods and services. The computer device assigns permissions that are available. The computer device also communicates or identifies any permission or export license that is needed to be requested to initiate a permission or export license request for that export license or permission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Siemans Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Helmut Monz-Schneider, Christoph Eder
  • Publication number: 20120072362
    Abstract: Security checks may be implemented in computer systems or software to enforce security rules established by organizations and/or government entities. For example, the United States Transportation Security Administration and Canada Transport have recently established rules for air cargo transportation. When an air waybill is created, modified, and/or displayed a security check may be run on the air waybill. Rules for the air waybill may be selected according to a security code assigned to the air waybill. The security code may represent a country whose rules should be applied against the air waybill when performing the security check. If a security check is passed security information such as a security identifier may be displayed on the air waybill. If the security check fails a warning may be displayed to a user indicating which participant on the air waybill failed one of the security rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: William Loebertmann, JoAnn Jancik
  • Patent number: 8140346
    Abstract: A mechanism for performing business transactions, comprising an integrator service connected to a first company's intranet or an independent legal integrator service provider. Prior to execution of a transaction, a communication channel between the first company and the integrator service is established to exchange relevant information such as the source and target country of the transaction and the kind of goods to be transferred. Based on the exchanged information, the integrator service determines any relevant legal issue, in the present case a relevant import/export regulation issue and delivers a compliance statement to the first company.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Ibrahim Kaplan
  • Patent number: 8099371
    Abstract: An electronically enabled clearance system and method for improved border crossings. The system and method generate and manage an electronic manifest (e-manifest) and an electronic commercial invoice (e-release) according to legal requirements as well as the requirements of a manufacturer that imports goods from other countries. A third party logistics provider may facilitate the interactions between an importer of manufactured goods, a supplier, a carrier, and a broker by serving as intermediary and hosting computer applications that manage the flow of information. A commercial invoice provides details about the goods in a shipment. A shipment control number (SCN) is associated with each commercial invoice. The e-manifest for a vehicle lists every SCN for the parts shipments loaded on the vehicle and therefore, provides a link to the commercial invoice data detailing information about the parts in the shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kevin Wade, Tamara Koenig
  • Publication number: 20110307405
    Abstract: A business object model, which reflects data that is used during a given business transaction, is utilized to generate interfaces. This business object model facilitates commercial transactions by providing consistent interfaces that are suitable for use across industries, across businesses, and across different departments within a business during a business transaction. In some operations, software creates, updates, or otherwise processes information related to an export declaration and/or an export declaration request business object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas Hammer, Florian Hoffmann, Andre Adam, Waldemar Kramer, Thilo Kraehamer, Michael Seubert, Flavio Baita, Matthaeus Martynus
  • Publication number: 20110307404
    Abstract: A business object model, which reflects data that is used during a given business transaction, is utilized to generate interfaces. This business object model facilitates commercial transactions by providing consistent interfaces that are suitable for use across industries, across businesses, and across different departments within a business during a business transaction. In some operations, software creates, updates, or otherwise processes information related to a business document message monitoring view, a customs arrangement, and/or a freight list business object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Jochen Wickel, Robert Getzner, Thomas Hammer, Tanjana Preiser-Funke, Monica Reidl, Michael Seubert, Claudia Diesner, Volker Vogelmann, Andre Adam, Waldemar Kramer, Werner Gnan, Eli Pripaz Cohen, Pablo Roisman, Jochen Hirth, Yuval Morad, Elad Heart, Hofit Koren, Orit Harel, Michele Kemp, Lars Hoenig, Thilo Kraehmer
  • Publication number: 20110258129
    Abstract: A system and method for managing export licenses is disclosed. More particularly, but not by way of limitation, a system and method for managing creation of export license amendment forms relating to export and import of defense-related articles and services subject to regulations and regulatory agencies such as: United States Munitions List (USML), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) are disclosed. Also, disclosed is a method and system for managing updates to authorizations and tracking of exported goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS RESOURCES, INC.
    Inventors: Rajiv Manucha, Steven Lloyd Crozier, Antonio Giuliano
  • Patent number: 8041649
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for calculating a delivery date. The disclosed systems and methods may include receiving, at a delivery processor, origin data corresponding to an origin delivery office that receives an item to be sent, the origin data comprising origin location information, a scan date reflecting a date the item is scanned at the origin delivery office, and a scan time reflecting a time the item is scanned at the origin delivery office. The delivery processor determines whether the scan time is before a cut-off acceptance time for scanning items at the origin delivery office and sets a start date and time based on the scan time determination. The delivery processor also determines a first estimated date and time that the item will be scanned at an outbound delivery office, and determines a second estimated date and time that the item will be scanned at an inbound delivery office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Vincent J. Mougey, Adrian B. Goulbourne, Ossam Manea
  • Patent number: 8041613
    Abstract: A system, application and product in data processing is disclosed for cross-dock and direct shipment processes. A default plant on an order is changed to a new plant in another country which is the same country as a customer but a different country than a selling organization. A cross dock partner function is entered to reflect a service provider location in a destination country. The cross dock partner is not a true vendor but rather a place holder for the service provider address used by a delivering warehouse to process the order and output appropriate sales documentation. The order is processed like any other order in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Ryan A. Scott, Gregory D. Raupers
  • Publication number: 20110218895
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a system, a method and/or a computer readable medium are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventors: Andreas Moschel, Hans Chelniak, Paul Skiba, Torsten Stolz, Jochen Thierer
  • Publication number: 20110066549
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein relate generally to the integration of a shipping label with a customs form to provide a single label having postage, addressing, customs, and other information for international shipping, and in particular, to managing landed cost and harmonization for international packages. In one embodiment, managing the landed cost and harmonization may comprise generating a unique self-validating postage indicium or mark in response to a request that includes a description of contents for a package onto which an international shipping label is to be placed and a destination country where the package is to be delivered. As such, the unique self-validating postage indicium or mark may indicate that landed costs for delivering the package to the destination country have been pre-paid, wherein the unique self-validating postage indicium or mark and a customs declaration form may be printed on the international shipping label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: PSI SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Harry T. WHITEHOUSE
  • Publication number: 20110055102
    Abstract: Disclosed is an integrated global shipment system that provides end-to-end visibility of the movement of a package. The integrated global shipment system employs a shipment consolidating application for integrating one or more freight tracking systems with one or more end-delivery systems. As a result, shippers are provided with complete visibility of the movement of their shipments of goods from an origin country to a destination country and till the final consignees. In addition, the integrated shipment system significantly decreases the cost of managing inventories by providing a virtual inventory solution. Under this virtual inventory solution, suppliers are able to bypass distribution centers and delay allocation of goods until after the importation of goods into a destination country.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Alan Amling, George R. Post, David S. Zamsky, Kenneth T. Rankin, Stuart D. Marcus, Bruce L. Woods