Software provider Kewill has bought a Benelux based software group that specialises in European customs compliance.
Kewill has previously bought similar companies to strengthen their global offerings such as TradePoint in the USA in 2004 and IPACS in South East Asia in 2007.
The investment in europe comes just before the introduction of new european customs legislation including the Excise Movement Control System (EMCS) and the Import Control System (ICS).
Minihouse was founded in 1998 and was the first European software provider to use a software as a service model for customs compliance. “They’re software as a service business model is consistent with Kewill’s desire to offer its customers more flexible payment options including monthly subscriptions and transaction based pricing.” Said Kewill’s chief executive officer, Paul Nichols.
As part of its customsxchange program Kewill integrates various national customs systems via a messaging hub, acting as a single point of contact for customers.