Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you might have some questions about Descartes Visual Compliance and our export, trade and OFAC compliance solutions: Descartes Visual Compliance–Trade Content for SAP–GTS, our Descartes Visual Compliance SAP plugin and Descartes Visual Compliance–Integrated Screening for SAP Applications.

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What are the Descartes Visual Compliance export, trade and OFAC solutions for SAP® applications?

How do I use Descartes Visual Compliance sanctioned party screening solutions for SAP applications?

How does Descartes Visual Compliance sanctioned party screening solutions for SAP applications work?

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What are the Descartes Visual Compliance export, trade and OFAC solutions for SAP® applications?

What is Descartes Visual Compliance–Trade Content for SAP–GTS?

Descartes Visual Compliance–Trade Content for SAP–GTS is our global trade data module that plugs directly into your SAP® Global Trade Services application. It will quickly and effortlessly strengthen your current automated compliance program.

What is Descartes Visual Compliance–Integrated Screening for SAP Applications?

The Descartes Visual Compliance–Integrated Screening for SAP Applications is a versatile solution that allows you to screen for sanctioned parties when you want and where you want in your business workflow, even at multiple points, in your SAP® application or ERP. Flexible and intuitive, you don't even need to change your current business processes.

What do Descartes Visual Compliance Sanctioned Party Screening Solutions for SAP applications do?

Descartes Visual Compliance–Integrated Screening for SAP Applications searches for individuals and companies that are found on U.S. and international government watch lists for financial, technological and security transactions; as well as countries facing sanctions or under embargo. It helps protect you from conducting business with these entities by alerting you to their presence on government watch lists

Why do I need to worry about this?

Most countries have a set of laws that place limits on who you can legally do business with. Making sure that you are not doing business with anyone—or any country—on these government watch lists helps protect you and your company from significant fines, loss of export privileges and even criminal charges.

Has anyone been found guilty of violating trade regulations?

A number of high-profile companies have been fined for violating export regulations, knowingly or unknowingly. A brief summary of a few recent cases can be found here.

How do I use Descartes Visual Compliance Sanctioned Party Screening Solutions for SAP Applications?

How do I know if an account is okay to do business with?

When you enter a new customer or vendor into your SAP® application or ERP, or edit one that already exists, you will see their restricted party and sanction screening status ("RPS Status") and whether they've been flagged as a potential match against a government watch list. Whether or not a match has been found by Descartes Visual Compliance will be indicated in the RPS Status field. The stage at which you conduct the search in your workflow is flexible and customizable, depending on your needs.

How am I alerted about a match?

In the event of a match, both Descartes Visual Compliance solutions will automatically send an email alert to whoever you have nominated to receive sanctioned party screening results.

What does an email alert contain?

An email alert from includes the information that resulted in a match against government watch lists, which lists, and the reason these persons, companies or countries appear on a list. This information can be used to help determine whether or not the potential match is your customer or vendor.

How do Descartes Visual Compliance Sanctioned Party Screening Solutions for SAP applications work?

How do Descartes Visual Compliance Sanctioned Party Screening Solutions for SAP Applications work?

When a customer or vendor is created or an existing contact is modified, that record is automatically checked by Descartes Visual Compliance–Integrated Screening for SAP Applications. By taking the name and address information you've entered and scanning for matches against government watch lists, your information is then updated with the result. You don't have to make any adjustments to your existing processes or workflow

Where does it fit into my workflow?

The stage at which you conduct the search in your SAP® application's workflow is flexible and configurable, depending on your requirements. Many businesses choose to screen from the first point of contact, eliminating time spent dealing with individuals, businesses or countries with restrictions or sanctions right from the start. We've implemented our solutions throughout the workflow spectrum and would be happy to share our best practices based on your needs.

How do I get started with Descartes Visual Compliance Sanctioned Party Screening Solutions for SAP Applications?

Getting started with any Descartes Visual Compliance Sanctioned Party Screening Solution is easy. Configuring it to work directly in your SAP® application or ERP can be done in as little as a few hours.

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Can I get a demonstration of Descartes Visual Compliance Sanctioned Party Screening Solutions for SAP Applications?

If you would like a demonstration of Descartes Visual Compliance–Integrated Screening for SAP Applications please contact us and we will be happy to arrange one for you. Contact us too for more information about the comprehensive set of government watch lists available through Descartes Visual Compliance–Trade Content for SAP–GTS.

How do I find out how much Descartes Visual Compliance Sanctioned Party Screening Solutions for SAP Applications will cost?

Descartes Visual Compliance offers affordable solutions for regulatory compliance. Contact us and we will help determine which of our solutions best suits your needs and discuss pricing at that time.

I already have a significant number of customers and vendors. Can I get them screened?

Yes, we can also verify your entire database, getting you completely caught up with your trade compliance requirements.