High-tech freight audit firm sees Ukraine as ideal place
In the internet age, companies that can do all of their business online now have unprecedented freedom in choosing the ideal place to locate the physical part of the enterprise – offices, servers, computers and workers.
For Dutchman Pieter Kinds, that place is Ukraine.
Kinds, 40, first came to Ukraine in 1998 and served as commercial director for the Kyiv Post. Four years later, as the online business boom began, he helped rebrand his father’s old-school logistics company into a high-tech online freight auditor called Controlpay. And, taking advantage of Ukraine’s skilled yet low-cost workforce, the company located its biggest office in Ukraine.
Controlpay is a service provider in freight auditing – the bureaucratic business of tracking, processing, checking and paying invoices for cargo shipments. It offers its clients an online solution that allows the auditing to be done almost completely electronically, via the internet.
“It’s pretty much virtual,” Kinds, Controlpay’s director, told the Kyiv Post in an interview in April. “It’s like IT outsourcing. All you need is a computer and a person who knows how to use it.”
The company eliminates paper wherever legally possible, moving documentation online, and automating the freight auditing, registration and payment process. While the computers that do the work and the people that maintain them are phys-
Employees of freight auditor Controlpay work in company's Kyiv office on May 26. (Anastasia Vlasova)