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The realisation of interoperable digital trade throughout the supply chain

Oliver St John, Cabinet Office Creating interoperable, frictionless digital trade is an ambition that many governments around the world share and its central to the UK Government’s 2025 Border Strategy. As well as making trade more efficient for business to business transactions, creating digitised trade corridors has the potential to transform how borders work, replacing […]

The realisation of interoperable digital trade throughout the supply chain

Grant Hunter, BIMCO The comprehensive and complex animal that is global trade relies heavily on outdated manual, paper intensive practices. This is despite the fact that issuance of electronic bills of lading (eBLs) has been possible for more than 20 years on safe and well-established platforms that have been approved by the International Group of […]


Blair Bugge and Matt Jeavon, Deloitte Reducing friction is a central objective at international borders around the world. There are two primary sources of that friction in the global trade ecosystem: custom duties and non-tariff barriers to trade. The most friction by volume lies in the latter, where we see a large number of regulatory requirements […]

The realisation of interoperable digital trade throughout the supply chain

Sylwia Nowak, Senior Customs & Foreign Trade Compliance Officer, Brose I was very delighted to be part of the Panellists in Session 6 on: ‘The realisation of interoperable digital trade throughout the supply chain – a practical and honest conversation. The truth behind going digital.’   During the Panel discussion, we have talked about the […]

Paperless supply chains? 

Port of Rotterdam and C4DTI are working on it This summer, the Centre for Digital Trade & Innovation (C4DTI) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority will support a pilot to transport a shipment of meat from New Zealand, via Singapore and Rotterdam to the UK, without having to manually transfer all kinds of documents. This […]

Building a port of the future

Nolan Gray, Freeport Director, Tees Valley Combined Authority The Teesside Freeport – the UK’s largest and first operational Freeport – provides an unprecedented opportunity to create a step change in the region’s economy. Spanning 4,500 acres and with a site in every Tees Valley town, the Freeport is projected to create thousands of jobs and […]

C4DTI Needs Accelerator

Info on the C4DTI Needs Accelerator 4DTI’s mission is to support the consistent adoption and implementation of interoperable laws, rules, standards frameworks and technology solutions. The Centre’s role in the Needs Accelerator is pivotal – it has the ability to convene the right industry stakeholders, and ensure challenges and pilots consider relevant standards and policy. […]

5 reasons to adopt a Legal Entity Identifier

With more than 2 million organisations, trusts and funds now with Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI), the LEI is firmly established as the global digital code to identify ‘who is who’, and ‘who owns whom’. TOP 5 REASONS TO GET A LEGAL ENTITY IDENTIFIER 1 The LEI code is the most important standardised digital, global identifier. […]