Australian Customs extends EDS contract

The Australian Customs Service has extended its outsourcing agreement with EDS by more than two years in a contract worth more...

The Australian Customs Service has extended its outsourcing agreement with EDS by more than two years in a contract worth more than A$190m (£75m).

The total contract is now worth A$542m and covers the delivery of IT infrastructure and applications management services until 30 June 2007.

EDS will continue to provide infrastructure support for mainframe, mid-range platforms and hosting applications, as well as application production support and helpdesk services.

Managing director of EDS Australia, Chris Mitchell, said the relationship is an important one for EDS as Customs is in the final stages of implementing its new cargo management platform.

"The Australian Customs Service is EDS' longest-standing federal government client and we are delighted it wants to renew the relationship," he said.  "A key focus of the EDS proposal was a reduction in IT unit costs, while still delivering a quality service to Customs."

The contract was initially extended for two years in early 2002 and was due to expire in March 2005.

Michael Crawford writes for Computerworld Today

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