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DIGITAL AND CUSTOMS TEAM UP; PARTNERSHIP REDEFINES IMPORTING PROCESS

 BOSTON, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corp. (NYSE: DEC) (DEC) of Maynard, Mass., was recognized today by the U.S. Customs Service for being the first company in New England to be "pre-approved" under Customs' Pre-Importation Review Program (PIRP).
 First introduced in April, 1992, PIRP provides importers with reliable and timely information prior to the importation of merchandise. Benefits of PIRP include: expedited cargo release and reduced cargo examinations; increased uniformity and predictability; accelerated entry processing; and electronic processing (paperless). In addition, importers may experience other benefits, operational efficiencies and cost savings as a result of PIRP.
 In order for a company to qualify under the "pre-approved" feature of PIRP, Customs officials must evaluate an importer's overall compliance program, and review methods and system for determining product classifications, usually at the importer's place of business. Once Customs' exacting standards are met and the company is "pre- approved," release of imported cargo is expedited and time-consuming document reviews and most cargo exams are eliminated.
 In a brief ceremony, Philip W. Spayd, Northeast Regional Commissioner for the U.S. Customs Service, presented a plaque to Judy Maudlin, Corporate Manager, Import, Export and Trade for DEC, recognizing DEC's pioneering achievement, and a certificate of appreciation to Annamarie Taylor, Corporate Customs Manager for DEC, for her contributions. Spayd also presented Paul Fitzpatrick, president of Boston-based W.N. Proctor division of Tower Group, (DEC's customs broker) with a certificate of appreciation for Tower's role in facilitating the PIRP processing of DEC's imports through their computer interface with Customs' computer system.
 "With competition in global trade continuing to increase, the Customs Service and the international trade community must be clear in their priorities," said Spayd. "In working with Customs, Digital has set the benchmark for other high technology companies to meet. because of PIRP, we don't have to scrutinize every bit of cargo and accompanying documents each time Digital makes an import into the country."
 Faster release of cargo has saved both Digital and Tower Group valuable time and expedited the flow of imported inventory. In the first full month of importing under PIRP (in October of 1992), DEC realized a 10 percent increase in same-day cargo releases; today that rate continues to improve. "The improvement we have seen under PIRP has been pretty remarkable. This program was truly a unique opportunity for everyone to work together," said Taylor.
 "Perhaps the most significant aspect of this partnership is that Digital, Customs, and Tower Group have redefined the way business is done," said Fitzpatrick. "And that process has just begun."
 Any company interested in benefiting from PIRP should contact their local U.S. Customs office for further information.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick F. O'Malley of the U.S. Customs Service, Northeast Region, 617-565-6215/
 (DEC)


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