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HSBC facilitates blockchain-based intl trade transaction for

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

In a first for India, British major has executed a trade transaction involving an export by to an American client using the blockchain, which massively reduced the time taken for processing the documents.

The blockchain-enabled letter of credit transaction facilitated a shipment between Reliance and the US-based Tricon Energy, a joint statement issued by and Reliance said.

"The use of offers significant potential to reduce the timelines involved in exchange of export documentation from the extant seven-ten days to less than a day," was quoted as saying in the statement.

The platform was integrated with the electronic bill of lading (eBL) platform to issue and manage an electronic bill of lading, it said, adding this allows a digital transfer of the title of goods from the seller to the buyer in the underlying trade.

The statement claimed that the solution is a significant improvement for any organisation involved in buying and selling goods internationally, as it brings together all parties onto one platform.

Blckchain solutions is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of ordered records called blocks and is deemed to be very transparent as all the stakeholders can view

A slew of domestic lenders, including ICICI Bank, and Yes among others are working on solutions and count trade as one of the best use cases for the technology because of the ability to cut down on time.

HSBC's head of global and markets Hitendra Dave said blockchain has a transformative impact on trade transactions and enables greater transparency and enhanced security in addition to making it simpler and faster.

That apart, it can ensure cost effectiveness, quicker turnaround and also potentially unlock liquidity for businesses, he added.

For this transaction between Reliance and Tricon, the LC was issued by ING Bank, for US with as the advising and negotiating for Reliance, it said, claiming the how the transaction validates the commercial and operational viability of blockchain as an alternative to conventional exchanges for paper-based documentation.

Explaining the current system, it said at present buyers and sellers use paper-based LCs to underpin transactions and physical documents are sent to each party in the transaction by post, courier or fax.

While the current system provides a high level of certainty, the time and cost involved in processing the documents are deterrents for exporters.

HSBC said it, along with five other banks globally supporting the 'Corda application', is seeking to expand the network on an open source basis to drive adoption across the industry.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 18:45 IST