High-tech freight au­dit firm sees Ukraine as ideal place

Kyiv Post Legal Quarterly - - Contents - BY DENYS KRASNIKOV KRASNIKOV@KYIVPOST.COM

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)

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