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 GTD Solution Inc. 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 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 first Customs Authorities sign MOUs with TradeLens to simplify customs clearance and risk assessment procedures.

October 2020

CMA-CGM and MSC complete data integration with the TradeLens platform.

January 2021

TradeLens launches the industry’s first truly end-to-end electronic bill of lading.

May 2021

TradeLens is available in China through collaboration with China Unicom Digital Tech.

June 2021

Hapag Lloyd and ONE complete integration with the platform.

December 2021

Sri Lanka’s first ever digital bill of lading completed on the TradeLens platform.

February 2022

Syngenta and HSBC complete an end-to-end paperless trade finance transaction on the TradeLens platform

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.

Announcement

Skyangel joins TradeLens to create an intermodal data network across the US, México and Central America

Skyangel, a leader for IoT and GPS monitoring services in US, Mexico, and Central America, has taken a new step on their mission to connect the supply chain by joining the blockchain-based TradeLens platform.

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Announcement

TradeLens issues the first electronic Bill of Lading in the UAE, strengthening the digitalisation of supply chains

The electronic Bill of Lading (eBL) was issued to Safeline Freight and Fortuna DMCC and facilitated by the blockchain underpinned TradeLens platform.

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Announcement

#dltledgers and TradeLens collaborate to accelerate cross-border trade finance digitization in Asia

#dltledgers announced a plan to incorporate capabilities from TradeLens into the #dltledgers multi-party platform for the benefit of cross-border trade participants. With this collaboration #dlteldgers customers will be able to access critical events and documents for their container shipments through the TradeLens platform.

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