digitizing the global supply chain

TradeLens is an open and neutral supply chain platform underpinned by blockchain technology. We are enabling true information sharing and collaboration across supply chains, thereby increasing industry innovation, reducing trade friction and ultimately promoting more global trade.

The TradeLens platform has been jointly developed by IBM and Maersk GTD. Together each partners works to ensure the product and business model is aligned to meeting the needs of the shippers and supply chain operators around the world.

tradelens objectives

Connecting the ecosystem

We are  relentlessly focused. We are bringing together all parties in the supply chain—including traders, freight forwarders, inland transportation, ports and terminals, ocean carriers, customs and other government authorities—onto a single, secure data-sharing and collaboration platform. on creating value for the entire Ecosystem. 

Fostering collaboration and trust

We are enabling the digitization and automation of cross-organizational business processes integral to global trade, including import and export clearance, and—thanks to blockchain—ensuring all transactions, documents and data are secure, auditable.

Driving true information sharing

We are providing for the seamless, secure sharing of real-time, actionable supply chain information across all parties—encompassing shipping milestones, cargo details, trade documents, customs filings, sensor readings and more.

Spurring innovation

We are laying the foundation for ongoing improvement and innovation through an open API environment, the use of standards and promotion of interoperability, and the launch of an Applications Marketplace that allows third parties to build and deploy applications on the TradeLens platform.

tradelens journey

January 2018

At THINK '18 in San Fransisco, IBM and Maersk announce the intention to form a business collaboration to build a digital platform in concert with the shipping industry.

August 2018

TradeLens is formally announced to the world. Simultaneously the TradeLens beta product and early adopter program launch.

December 2018

TradeLens launches commercial product offering, more than one million shipping events per day publish to the platform.

june 2019

The TradeLens ecosystem gains new members as four of the six largest ocean carriers in the world join Maersk in support of TradeLens.

december 2019

The TradeLens platform publishes more than two million events per day, the ecosystem  includes more than 175 unique organizations.

Ecosystem and Member Advocacy

Since its inception, TradeLens - and its ecosystem of members - have experienced tremendous growth and expansion. The value of the TradeLens platform will continue to grow by incorporating the needs of the industry it represents. To this end, in 2020 - pending legal and regulatory approval - we will launch the TradeLens Customer Advisory Board. The Board will be the voice of the TradeLens Ecosystem and comprised of a cross section of member organizations.

The Board will ensure TradeLens product development is aligned and prioritized in accordance with the values of its membership. Additionally, the board will play a key role in advocating for the growth and increased relevance of TradeLens across the industry.

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recent blog posts

We care about the intersection of trade and technology. On our blog, we publish inspirational, informative and insights-driven stories from within TradeLens and from across the global supply chain. And, of course, we keep everyone up-to-date with the latest updates on our platform.

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ZIM is undergoing a new digital transformation, offering its customers and partners in global freight shipping and logistics a truly differentiated experience — with more data on their cargo, more quickly, conveniently, and securely than ever before.

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How a digital trade ecosystem benefits trade finance

The desire for streamlined regulatory compliance work, cut costs, and saved time are only some of the drivers behind the growth in digital trade ecosystems. Leaders in trade finance have been competing to develop platforms allowing them to focus on financing, rather than paper-pushing.

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Shippers respond to ocean carrier announcements

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