Rhinebeck, NY, January 31, 2001—Sepesi, Inc. today announces the release of SHIPS version 3.0.  This latest release sees the most upgrades since the initial release of SHIPS three years ago.

Highlighting this release is the changes in the SED and SLI.  Back in October of 2000, the US government announced that there will be a new format in the SED that will be mandatory for all exporters to use starting March 31, 2001.  In the new SED the government added over six new fields, and changed the column format.  The SLI is not a standard government document but is often used in conjunction with the SED.  Because of this, the SLI has been changed to fit the format of the new SED.  This feature will be standard on all SHIPS Version 3.0 modules. 

In addition to the new SED, SHIPS now offers a Bill of Lading Module.  The format of the BOL is based on the Voluntary Inter-Industry Commerce Standard, or VICS.  The BOL can be easily created from shipments.  This automated system will save valuable time for those who use a Bill of Lading frequently.

The following are some of the upgrades for SHIPS Version 3.0:

  1. Bill of lading module (additional cost)
    1. Create BOL from Export
    2. BOL Maintenance
    3. BOL Print
    4. BOL Control File
    5. Package Maintenance
    6. Freight Commodity Maintenance
  2. Export Item Maintenance – Packaging Detail
    1. Used with new Bill of Lading module.
    2. Added a new popup screen for Packaging Detail. 
    3. Moved Weight and Size per item to this screen.
    4. Used to enter the number of pieces of the item which may packed in a given package type.
  3. Create Export from DRP Order (new program)
    1. Used with Distribution Orders
    2. Create an export (and documents) for shipping goods between company locations
  4. Support for Centralized Sales Orders
    1. Create export processes will attempt to find shipping transactions in other attached databases since they may not reside in the primary database.
  5. Export item by site
    1. Allows an item to be classified differently by site for all customs data including schedule B number, country of origin and licensing.
    2. Export items are assigned to order items by first matching the export order site with the export item site and then using existing logic to determine the proper export item.  If an export item is not found for the export order site, then the logic is repeated using the blank (master) site.
  6. Denied party search by site
    1. Export control file records now have a field to enter DPL types to search.   If left blank, then the default set of DPL files are searched (TDO, ENT, SDN, DBR).  You may also enter custom DPL file types created during Denied Party Maintenance.  The export order site determines which control file to use
  7. Embargoed country groups by site
    1. Export control file records now have a field to enter country groups to search.  If left blank, then the default set of country groups are searched (E:1, E:2).  This feature allows custom country groups to be created (using Schedule C Maintenance) of embargoed countries by shipping site.
  8. Denied Party Maintenance (new program)
    1. Used to create custom DPL entries.
    2. Downloaded DPL types (TDO, ENT, SDN, DBR) may be edited (add/modify/delete).  Changes made to these types are erased during the download process.
    3. Custom DPL types may be created as needed to group custom lists of denied parties.  Custom DPL entries are not removed during the DPL download process.
  9. Schedule B Maintenance (new program)
    1. Used to edit (add/modify/delete) existing entries in the Schedule B file and to create custom Schedule B numbers. 
    2. Useful for companies which wish to use Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) numbers instead of schedule B numbers.
    3. Existing and newly added schedule B numbers may be flagged as “save”.  This will prevent them from being deleted during a Schedule B download run.  Any schedule B numbers not “saved” will be deleted prior to downloading the new list.
  10. Exchange rates logic changes   
    1. Exchange rate for the export order currency is no longer calculated against the database base currency.  Rather, it is calculated against the currency of the shipping site.  The shipping site currency is found on the control file record for the export site.
    2. Modified Create Export from Sales Orders to use this logic.  If the base currency and export site currency match, then the sales order exchange rate is used (original logic).
    3. Export Maintenance has been modified to re-calculate the exchange rate whenever the site is changed.  Calculated exchange rates may be overridden manually.
    4. When creating an export manually using Export Maintenance, the export order currency will now default from the export control file for the site entered.  Originally defaulted the base currency.
  11. Port of Export
    1. Port of export validation is no longer enforced.  This allows ports of export to be outside the USA.  Modified Routing Maintenance and Export Maintenance.
  12. Export Item Inquiry changes 
    1. Allows selection by site
    2. Displays site and license information
    3. Fixed to output to printer.
  13. Schedule B Inquiry changes
    1. Added option to display saved entries only
    2. Display “save” status on report.
  14. Export Management Report changes
    1. Fixed record locking problem
    2. Increased size of some fields in selection criteria
    3. Added subtotals by Shipping Site (export site) currencies.  Report now gives subtotals by export order currencies and exporting site currencies.
  15. Export Maintenance
    1. Allow negative quantities to be entered for line items
  16. Export Create from Sales Order
    1. Change option  “copy comments” to be more specific.  Instead of answering yes/no, the option now exists to copy header, detail, both or no comments.
  17. Export Control File Maintenance
    1. A site description field has been added to help describe the site record.

 With the release of Version 3.0, Sepesi, Inc. continues their tradition of improving the quality and efficiency of SHIPS.

Contact Information:
Sepesi Inc.
P.O. Box 481
Rhinebeck, NY 12572 USA;
Telephone 845-876-5101
Fax 845-876-7826

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