3CE Chosen to Power U.S. Census Bureau Schedule B Search Engine
MONTREAL -- (February 10, 2010) - The United States Census Bureau has selected 3CE Technologies to provide enhanced Harmonized System (HS) classification search on its website.
U.S. exporters and authorized agents are legally required to file electronic export information when shipping goods abroad. To complete their export declarations, exporters must classify products using HS-based Schedule B codes. The Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division provides a keyword-based search tool to help exporters determine their proper commodity codes. Currently, the Schedule B search tool receives approximately 3 million queries per year, and is the most commonly used method for classifying products.
Despite its popularity, the current Schedule B tool is limited. While every physical product is classifiable in the Schedule B nomenclature, not every item can be classified using the keyword-based tool. With increasingly complex and diverse products, misclassification is common. Furthermore, keyword (even those with thesauruses) simply cannot classify many products.
In selecting 3CE, the Census Bureau has found a way to make commodity classification easier and ensure more accurate trade statistics.
The new schedule B search engine will provide a smarter, more intuitive, and more accurate way to classify products. 3CE is uniquely able to understand and interpret common commercial product information, and drives the commodity classification process by interacting intelligently and intuitively with users.
"We are pleased to have been chosen by an organization whose mission is devoted to statistical reporting accuracy," said 3CE President Randy Rotchin. "We look forward to helping US exporters with their commodity classification needs."
The 3CE-powered Schedule B search engine will be available at http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b/#search beginning March 1.
For additional information about 3CE and its industry-leading Harmonized System classification and audit software, visit www.3ce.com.
3CE Technologies is a private software development company based in Montreal, Canada. Since 1999, the company has been dedicated to solving international trade's most difficult and error-prone process - Harmonized System (HS) commodity classification.
The company's flagship solution, eponymously called "3CE" (the Commodity Code Classification Engine) is widely considered the smartest and most intuitive HS classification and HS code verification software in the world. 3CE has demonstrated a prodigious ability to read and understand readily available commercial product information - no matter how it is expressed - and automatically delivers its proper HS code.
Used by a variety of organizations worldwide, including enterprise shippers, logistic service providers, preshipment inspection companies, postal organizations, and governments, 3CE has become known for its remarkable ability to deliver workplace efficiencies, enhance global trade opportunities and reduce exposure to customs compliance penalties and duty payment errors.
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