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News > Citi pilots blockchain bill of lading for trade finance

Citi pilots blockchain bill of lading for trade finance

Wednesday 21 September 2022

The blockchain trade platform TradeLens announced that Citi piloted a paperless trade transaction for client Syngenta Bangladesh. Agrochemicals were imported to Bangladesh from India with an electronic bill of lading (eBL) used to support the Letter of Credit for trade finance. TradeLens is the blockchain network founded by IBM and a Maersk subsidiary and the TradeLens eBL is one of its main offerings.

Using the eBL is estimated to have reduced the transaction by ten days, as well as paperwork costs, postage and charges for storing the container at the port (demurrage).

“Trade has traditionally been reliant on paper-heavy documentation across multiple parties thus making transactions complex and riskier,” said Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions Head for Bangladesh, Md. Moinul Huq. “Embracing innovative technologies and platforms are bringing substantial benefits to our clients and to Citi as their banking partner.

TradeLens was used to share and validate all the documents, including the eBL, invoice, packing list and certificate of origin. Digitally validating documents also reduces the risk of fraudulent bills of lading.