How the AEB customs platform at Adient works
Adient’s centralized customs platform runs in the Stuttgart data center of AEB. In countries where direct filing is used, the software lets Adient communicate directly with the systems of the customs authorities. AEB automatically updates the software to reflect changes to the law, such as new customs requirements.
How the solution works
The AEB solution first takes any relevant order or shipping data from Adient’s Just Trade system and applies it to the customs declaration, then uses smart algorithms to automatically complete any required data for a particular process that is still missing.
Once the customs declaration is complete, the AEB platform handles communications with the national customs authorities and transmits the data directly. It takes country-specific requirements into account and checks to make sure the data is complete and plausible before transmitting the customs declaration.
The response messages from customs are automatically imported and assigned to the right transaction. Once the customs office has issued its release, the solution generates the export accompanying document and other necessary documentation.
Seamless integration of customs brokers
When customs declarations are submitted indirectly, the AEB software prepares all the necessary data and transmits it to Adient’s customs brokers. Brokers receive the customs declarations right in their system and can submit them directly from there. Once the declaration is complete, the broker sends customs assessments, proofs of exit, and other data back to the platform. “The data is synced automatically and almost in real time in both directions,” emphasizes Uwe Henning. The AEB solution then transfers the necessary data to Adient’s ERP system.
The result is similar to direct filing – despite the fact that a broker is involved: an end-to-end digital process that’s faster and more transparent with fewer errors.
In addition, the customs broker can provide Adient with export accompanying documents, tax notices, and other important documents linked directly to a transaction. “It’s all right there on the platform and ready to use in downstream processes,” says Henning.