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About the journal

Customsdigital -
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he online magazine for digitization of the customs world

Our vision - revolutionize the customs world and make IT easy to understand for customs experts

Acting on our own initiative, with a passion for customs, and a fascination with digitization, we developed the Customsdigital project.

Perhaps you recognize the following situation, when you as a customs professional speak to an IT expert. Suddenly there are terms being used that might as well be another language. API, crawling, backbone, BinHex, IOT, just to mention a few. And then the thought: “It’s all Greek to me”.

In the same way, you regularly come across buzzwords, like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and “in future, everything will be automated”. You then go to the office and print out documents to type up the customs declaration, and realize that the dream is still far from reality.

Why Customsdigital?

“Thanks to a broad scope of application, what may sound complex at first is actually fascinating. As customs experts who are familiar with the UCC and regulations, Customsdigital aims to bring us a step closer to the issue of digitization, explaining it, and stimulating ideas for our own projects.”

To put it simply, we want to bring together two “nerds” who need each other. To this end, we look forward to many interesting suggestions, as well as people who are keen to support the project and share their knowledge.

If you want to know more about Grenzlotsen and the team behind it, feel free to get in touch.

Contacts

Customsdigital is a trademark of
Grenzlotsen GmbH
Spitalgasse 15
D-71083 Herrenberg
Germany

+49 70 32 37 09 980
hello@customsdigital.de 

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Dear reader,

Welcome to the first edition of Customsdigital.

Our goal is to enable added value through simple language and explanation of digitalization in customs. We want to bring a digital mindset to the customs world. To this end, I conducted an interview together with Christian Schmidt ("Digital Mindset - what does that mean? What does a customs expert need for it?"). He is a customs manager at Adient and oversees innovation projects that deal with blockchain, among other things. 

I would also like to cordially invite you to pass on topic requests and ideas to us so that we continue to publish the right topics and articles for you in our development. 

In future issues, we will still report on the digitalization of our neighboring countries, explain technologies and look at what the EU is planning in the future in terms of customs and digitalization. From our projects at Grenzlotsen, we will continue to write about our own experiences and challenges to share our knowledge and thus make customs fit for digitization. 

Best regards,
Janine Lampprecht

de, en
Digital Mindset - what does that mean? What does a customs expert need for it?
28-08-2021

Digital Mindset stands for openness and curiosity, willingness to take risks, and passion. As a change process driven by technological progress, digitization today requires much faster thinking and acting. But what does that mean exactly? And how can you change your mindset?

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Digital Mindset - what does that mean? What does a customs expert need for it?
28-08-2021

Digital Mindset stands for openness and curiosity, willingness to take risks, and passion. As a change process driven by technological progress, digitization today requires much faster thinking and acting. But what does that mean exactly? And how can you change your mindset?

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
What is OCR technology for digital customs processing?
28-08-2021

In the course of digitization, OCR technology is a step towards closing the gap between analog and digital data. It helps to avoid mistakes and at the same time to save time. But - what are the special features - what should be considered - when using this technology in the customs world?

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
What is OCR technology for digital customs processing?
28-08-2021

In the course of digitization, OCR technology is a step towards closing the gap between analog and digital data. It helps to avoid mistakes and at the same time to save time. But - what are the special features - what should be considered - when using this technology in the customs world?

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Interface to the German ELAN-K2 export system – upload BAFA reports quickly and automatically
10-07-2021

Semi-annual reports to the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) usually involve a time-consuming process. BAFA, therefore, offers a free interface with the ELAN-K2 export system for the automated transmission of data. But how does this work and what does XML, API and ERP mean?

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs, restrictions and prohibitions
de, en
Interface to the German ELAN-K2 export system – upload BAFA reports quickly and automatically
10-07-2021

Semi-annual reports to the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) usually involve a time-consuming process. BAFA, therefore, offers a free interface with the ELAN-K2 export system for the automated transmission of data. But how does this work and what does XML, API and ERP mean?

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs, restrictions and prohibitions
de, en
AI, machine learning and algorithms: How do they work? Will I be superfluous as a customs expert?
08-07-2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing and covers tasks in a wide variety of industries - including in the world of customs. However, that does not mean that you, as a customs expert, are superfluous. Instead, AI makes your day-to-day work easier. We'll explain how exactly, based on an example of the AI ​​that we use at Grenzlotsen!

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
AI, machine learning and algorithms: How do they work? Will I be superfluous as a customs expert?
08-07-2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing and covers tasks in a wide variety of industries - including in the world of customs. However, that does not mean that you, as a customs expert, are superfluous. Instead, AI makes your day-to-day work easier. We'll explain how exactly, based on an example of the AI ​​that we use at Grenzlotsen!

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Maintaining master data: the best practice tips
03-07-2021

Well-maintained master data is a basic requirement for the success of your projects. Therefore, get tips for efficient and sustainable master data maintenance - so that you are well prepared in the project phase.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs, risk management
de, en
Maintaining master data: the best practice tips
03-07-2021

Well-maintained master data is a basic requirement for the success of your projects. Therefore, get tips for efficient and sustainable master data maintenance - so that you are well prepared in the project phase.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs, risk management
de, en
Is good master data the foundation of digitization?
03-07-2021

Is good master data the foundation of digitization? As we're asking like this, you will surely already guess the answer: Yes, master data is a decisive factor for successful digitization - if you understand how to use it correctly. You can find out why this is the case and how you can ensure good quality master data in this article!

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Is good master data the foundation of digitization?
03-07-2021

Is good master data the foundation of digitization? As we're asking like this, you will surely already guess the answer: Yes, master data is a decisive factor for successful digitization - if you understand how to use it correctly. You can find out why this is the case and how you can ensure good quality master data in this article!

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Digital twin - application examples for the customs world
03-07-2021

The digital twin is the exact virtual representation of a product or system that exactly describes the individual properties of the real counterpart. So there is a 1:1 relationship between the digital and physical world. The digital twin behaves in the virtual environment in the same way as the physical counterpart in reality. As a virtual image, with real data included, the digital twin enables all "what-if" questions to be answered. By simulating optimization approaches, the digital twin makes change effects visible as a whole.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Digital twin - application examples for the customs world
03-07-2021

The digital twin is the exact virtual representation of a product or system that exactly describes the individual properties of the real counterpart. So there is a 1:1 relationship between the digital and physical world. The digital twin behaves in the virtual environment in the same way as the physical counterpart in reality. As a virtual image, with real data included, the digital twin enables all "what-if" questions to be answered. By simulating optimization approaches, the digital twin makes change effects visible as a whole.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
22-euro limit abolished – will customs clearance turn digital now?
29-06-2021

With the IT process ATLAS (translates as Automated Tariff and Local Customs Processing System), the clearance and monitoring of cross-border goods traffic are guaranteed and controlled. ATLAS is the German customs administration’s IT solution, with which customs clearance and internal process handling are automated.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
22-euro limit abolished – will customs clearance turn digital now?
29-06-2021

With the IT process ATLAS (translates as Automated Tariff and Local Customs Processing System), the clearance and monitoring of cross-border goods traffic are guaranteed and controlled. ATLAS is the German customs administration’s IT solution, with which customs clearance and internal process handling are automated.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Automated Random Sampling Control of Data Sets
25-06-2021

“In future, our tariffs will be set automatically”: This phrase is often associated with an “evolutionary” improvement of processes and innovative procedures. But who says that a machine is really doing it right? How do I know that the quality is good? Why are automated processes automatically assumed to be of good quality? The fact is that machines learn from real people. How do I check whether the quality is good?

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Automated Random Sampling Control of Data Sets
25-06-2021

“In future, our tariffs will be set automatically”: This phrase is often associated with an “evolutionary” improvement of processes and innovative procedures. But who says that a machine is really doing it right? How do I know that the quality is good? Why are automated processes automatically assumed to be of good quality? The fact is that machines learn from real people. How do I check whether the quality is good?

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Digitalisation versus the Four-eyes Principle – Data Analytics in ICS
25-06-2021

The four-eyes principle was yesterday. The future is becoming more digital. How much manual control will still be needed in the future to effectively identify process weaknesses and risks? Quality is when things are right. It is about the art of controlling processes and their quality without following on the “helicopter principle”.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Digitalisation versus the Four-eyes Principle – Data Analytics in ICS
25-06-2021

The four-eyes principle was yesterday. The future is becoming more digital. How much manual control will still be needed in the future to effectively identify process weaknesses and risks? Quality is when things are right. It is about the art of controlling processes and their quality without following on the “helicopter principle”.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Blockchain – What is it anyway?
25-06-2021

Since the Bitcoin boom in recent years, everyone has been talking about blockchain. The new technology is intended to ensure digital security and revolutionise transaction processes. Many equate blockchain with the digital currency Bitcoin. However, blockchain can deliver decisive advantages not only in cryptocurrency, but also in the area of customs. That is why it is important for you to know: What is blockchain anyway? How does the technology work and how could it be used in customs? We will explain that and more in this article.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Blockchain – What is it anyway?
25-06-2021

Since the Bitcoin boom in recent years, everyone has been talking about blockchain. The new technology is intended to ensure digital security and revolutionise transaction processes. Many equate blockchain with the digital currency Bitcoin. However, blockchain can deliver decisive advantages not only in cryptocurrency, but also in the area of customs. That is why it is important for you to know: What is blockchain anyway? How does the technology work and how could it be used in customs? We will explain that and more in this article.

Janine Lampprecht

e-customs
de, en
Determining Customs Tariff Numbers from Images: Science Fiction
25-06-2021

Imagine uploading an image into the system, which in turn analyses which item is depicted and automatically assigns it the appropriate customs tariff number. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Automatic image recognition would completely revolutionise the customs sector. But how could this work, and how far are we from implementation?

Janine Lampprecht

classification, e-customs
de, en
Determining Customs Tariff Numbers from Images: Science Fiction
25-06-2021

Imagine uploading an image into the system, which in turn analyses which item is depicted and automatically assigns it the appropriate customs tariff number. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Automatic image recognition would completely revolutionise the customs sector. But how could this work, and how far are we from implementation?

Janine Lampprecht

classification, e-customs
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