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Raft is the intelligent logistics platform empowering freight forwarders and customs brokers to automate shipment execution across the entire lifecycle in order to drive efficiency, collaborate effectively and deliver more value to their shipper end-customers.

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LEVERAGING SMART DATA WILL REVOLUTIONIZE CUSTOMS PROCESSES SAYS RAFT CO-FOUNDER NISARG MEHTA


Automating Customs operations will cut workflow times from days to minutes, Mehta told delegates at the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America conference

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, Wednesday 26th April 2023: Smart data and AI will save days of manual processing, freeing up Customs brokers and agents to focus on customer support, compliance, and customer service, according to Nisarg Mehta, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of intelligent logistics platform Raft.

He told delegates at the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Annual Conference that challenges faced by Customs brokers, including repetitive tasks such as data entry, document processing, and risk assessment, can be alleviated through automation.

In addition, he emphasized the opportunities provided by AI through processing unstructured data from sources such as commercial invoices, packing lists, certificates of origin, emails, and spreadsheets.

“By streamlining and scaling daily operational processes, forwarders save time, money, and in some cases, avoid fines due to delays or lack of compliance with regulatory requirements,” said Mehta.

“Automating time-consuming operational pain points for Customs brokers will free them up to focus on their core business, which will ultimately help to provide a better service for their clients.”

“It is important to stress that we are not looking to replace employees with automation, but ease their workflows so they can focus on what is more important in their day-to-day operations.”

Now in its 50th year, the NCBFAA Annual Conference brought together more than 600 of the international trade industry’s top representatives from around the United States.

“We are thrilled to have Raft present its intelligent logistics platform, which is already delivering value to multiple NCBFAA members, here at our annual conference in New Orleans,” said Megan Montgomery, Executive Vice President, NCBFAA.

“With the brokerage industry getting more complex every day, real-world transformative solutions like Raft are vital to the future success of our industry.”

The Raft team will be on hand to discuss their platform at Retail Supply Chain Logistics Expo, Las Vegas, on the 3rd and 4th May at Booth 6047.

About Raft

Raft is the intelligent logistics platform that’s rewriting the technology playbook for freight forwarders and customs brokers in the automation era.
We empower our customers to drive efficiency, collaborate effectively, and deliver more value to their shipper end-customers by automating shipment execution across the entire lifecycle—from operations, finance, customs, and sales to visibility and emissions reporting.

Raft embeds AI into workflows and standardizes diverse data inputs—whether email content, EDI, or API—in order to drive lower-touch shipment execution. This frees up teams to focus on higher value work while reducing costs and driving profitability.

Founded in 2017, Raft serves 60 freight forwarders in 30+ countries globally, including 40% of the A&A’s Top 25 Global Freight Forwarders List.

Our platform is used to execute over 300k shipments per month, saving customers up to 2 hours on every shipment.

Find out more: raft.ai


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LEVERAGING SMART DATA WILL REVOLUTIONIZE CUSTOMS PROCESSES SAYS RAFT CO-FOUNDER NISARG MEHTA

Automating Customs operations will cut workflow times from days to minutes, Mehta told delegates at the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America conference

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, Wednesday 26th April 2023: Smart data and AI will save days of manual processing, freeing up Customs brokers and agents to focus on customer support, compliance, and customer service, according to Nisarg Mehta, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of intelligent logistics platform Raft.

He told delegates at the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Annual Conference that challenges faced by Customs brokers, including repetitive tasks such as data entry, document processing, and risk assessment, can be alleviated through automation.

In addition, he emphasized the opportunities provided by AI through processing unstructured data from sources such as commercial invoices, packing lists, certificates of origin, emails, and spreadsheets.

“By streamlining and scaling daily operational processes, forwarders save time, money, and in some cases, avoid fines due to delays or lack of compliance with regulatory requirements,” said Mehta.

“Automating time-consuming operational pain points for Customs brokers will free them up to focus on their core business, which will ultimately help to provide a better service for their clients.”

“It is important to stress that we are not looking to replace employees with automation, but ease their workflows so they can focus on what is more important in their day-to-day operations.”

Now in its 50th year, the NCBFAA Annual Conference brought together more than 600 of the international trade industry’s top representatives from around the United States.

“We are thrilled to have Raft present its intelligent logistics platform, which is already delivering value to multiple NCBFAA members, here at our annual conference in New Orleans,” said Megan Montgomery, Executive Vice President, NCBFAA.

“With the brokerage industry getting more complex every day, real-world transformative solutions like Raft are vital to the future success of our industry.”

The Raft team will be on hand to discuss their platform at Retail Supply Chain Logistics Expo, Las Vegas, on the 3rd and 4th May at Booth 6047.

About Raft

Raft is the intelligent logistics platform that’s rewriting the technology playbook for freight forwarders and customs brokers in the automation era.
We empower our customers to drive efficiency, collaborate effectively, and deliver more value to their shipper end-customers by automating shipment execution across the entire lifecycle—from operations, finance, customs, and sales to visibility and emissions reporting.

Raft embeds AI into workflows and standardizes diverse data inputs—whether email content, EDI, or API—in order to drive lower-touch shipment execution. This frees up teams to focus on higher value work while reducing costs and driving profitability.

Founded in 2017, Raft serves 60 freight forwarders in 30+ countries globally, including 40% of the A&A’s Top 25 Global Freight Forwarders List.

Our platform is used to execute over 300k shipments per month, saving customers up to 2 hours on every shipment.

Find out more: raft.ai