In the world of transportation and more specifically cross-border freight traffic and customs clearing, there is a long and cumbersome process. Often this process involves a lot of documents and is managed manually.
The process includes collecting information from truck and train release documents. Typically, only 60% of the documents are in a standard format. These documents contain customs declarations for each truck or train and the goods they transport in each of the containers - due to disruption of received documents, goods information must be adjusted multiple times in Helios system to subject to the Governal Customs administration.
However, Helios fails to enable advanced changes and his nature complicate adjustments and prolongs these cases.
The documents are scanned pictures and typically, an original copy or the digital version of the text is not available. Therefore, all information about each container must be rewritten manually into the customer’s CRM system.
On top of that, documents may contain multiple declarations divided in sections of which only some are relevant for the process. Within the PDF documents these sections can start anywhere throughout the document since the structure is not predefined and can reflect random circumstance in rail freight traffic.
The customer used to divide the documents by printing and scanning the parts relevant to specific truck and train declaration which requires resources and higher processing time – this became inaccessible during the pandemic crisis when the office was not used as the prime workplace and professional equipment was not available to the employees.
Since documents are scanned pictures, the quality differs, which leads to deciphering number and letter combination which is time-consuming and demanding for human sight.