UK e-government boost for Irish software firm

19 May 2011

Dublin software company ABM Data Systems has been added to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMR&C) list of software providers for customs declaration management products.

During the week of the historic visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland, an Irish software company has received a major boost.

All major customs procedures required by HMR&C are now supported by ABM’s flagship product, CustomsWare.

More than 35m customs declarations in UK each year

“It is coincidental that we received the news during the visit of the Queen to Ireland but it is a huge boost for the company,” commented Tony O’Grady, business development director of ABM Data Systems.

“We already operate in over 100 Irish sites but in view of the importance of UK-Ireland trade, this development provides a major opportunity to grow our customer base locally and internationally.”

He added that the potential market for the product is the 35m customs declarations in the UK each year.

“Demand is being driven by the EU eCustoms initiative. This electronic customs project initiated by the European Commission aims to replace paper format customs declarations with EU-wide electronic ones, thus creating a more efficient and modern customs environment. The addition of support for UK customs is a significant milestone for CustomsWare.”

ABM, which was established in 2007, employs eight people in Dublin. Investors include Enterprise Ireland.

CustomsWare provides manufacturing, logistics service businesses and software developers with an enterprise-class solution for customs declaration management.

In addition to NCTS (New Computerised Transit System), imports and exports, CustomsWare also supports the recently introduced EMCS (Excise Movement and Control System) and ICS (Import Control System).

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years