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The digitisation of trade finance is delivering significant benefits to corporates, banks, carriers and other trade counterparties.

In addition to reducing the time, cost and risk of trading internationally, digitisation provides connected parties with greater visibility and transparency of the whole end to end process.

For corporates, the reasons to go digital are driven by the need to reduce costs through increased efficiencies and working capital improvements by employing faster payment processing methods. Additionally, the increased visibility, along with the ability to audit and track all transactions, reduces the risk of fraud and regulatory non-compliance.

For banks and other financial institutions, digitisation offers similar benefits and advantages, from increasing efficiencies to reducing the risk of fraud. Banks also have greater visibility over the end-to end physical and financial supply chain, enabling them to offer more enhanced value added services.

Bolero is leading the way in driving the digitisation of global trade finance and is your perfect partner with the knowledge, experience and track record to help you make the transition into the digital world.

Established in 1998, Bolero has built a strong reputation and a market leadership position in digital trade finance. As well as delivering the world’s first electronic document presentation under eUCP rules, Bolero also delivered the world’s first electronic Bill of Lading solution approved by the International Group of P&I Clubs.

From initial contract to final payment, including supporting trade financing and the documentary control of goods, Bolero helps organisations to improve cash-flow and working capital whilst increasing efficiency, control and visibility as well as mitigating risk and fraud.

Our cloud based solutions connect buyers and sellers to their banks, carriers and other trade counterparties and help to automate, process and manage the digital settlement of commercial contracts. Our solutions ensure our customers capitalise on the benefits of digitisation and cover;

  • Application for Letters of Credit and Bank Guarantees

  • Receipt of Letters of Credit and Bank Guarantees

  • Documentary Collections

  • eUCP electronic LC presentation

  • Create, manage and distribute eBLs

  • Open account PO/Invoice/Shipping document reconciliation

Today, Bolero technology powers trade across 5 continents and delivers in excess of $80bn worth of global trade transactions. We have a strong presence and customer base in South-East Asia and we look forward to working with organisations in Thailand.

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Ian Kerr ImageWhy is the financial supply chain still stuck in the digital dark ages?

In the world of logistics and the physical supply chain, digitisation is now at the heart of everyday operations.

Everything from routing to planning is conducted on a digital platform, delivering big gains in efficiency and security.

Technologies such as RFID, GPS and the Internet of Things, have opened the door to better-informed decision-making and more agile and collaborative organisations.

Process automation and centralisation have made staff more efficient, while visibility, through the application of sensor technology, has given greater overall control, reducing risk and manifestly boosting productivity. If a shipping container is moved on the dockside of a major port, for example, it is very likely its sensor will alert its owner to the fact.

In fact digitisation is advancing across all fronts in the physical supply chain. Coca Cola has automated its warehouses and Amazon is now well-advanced in its adoption of drones for delivery.

Dark ages

However, when it comes to the financial supply chain that keeps the wheels of international trade turning, the picture is one of patchy uptake and a reluctance to embrace the digital future.  Many institutions fail to see all the immediate advantages, remaining stuck in what we might term the digital dark ages.

The adherence to paper-based processes, produces vastly complex trails of documents for each of the thousands of transactions a bank, for example, must handle. Bills of lading and letters of credit are two extremely important documents, but in a paper system they have to be couriered, manually checked, updated and stored. When banks and trading partners are handling thousands of transactions, keeping track of this stack of paperwork is extremely difficult.

Not only will paper documents go astray, they are prone to errors, remain inaccessible to those who need to see them for much of the time and are costly to amend, keep and administer. Establishing where they are and authenticating them often proves frustratingly difficult, while security is a constant concern.

Paper documents are also extremely vulnerable to forgery, either through the creation of bogus replicas or fraudulent amendment.

Switching is overdue

Switching to digital alternatives, such as Bolero’s Xchange platform, that eliminate paper is the obvious answer.  The advantages in terms of visibility, efficiency and security are almost immediate. 

The benefits of digitisation also help to reduce operational overheads such as staff costs as well as accelerating cash flow and slashing handling fees. Even so, uptake has been very tentative.

Digitisation no-brainer

When there are such gains on offer, digitisation of processes in international trade does not require some great leap of faith.  But we can see that it will require a critical mass to develop before the conservatism of large institutions is overcome.

Admittedly, trade finance involves multiple participants, from established banks to shipping companies, insurers, regulators, customs and governmental bodies. Achieving consensus when there are so many interests to protect, is perhaps not easy.

Yet banks are waking up to the massive opportunities in efficiency and security that digitisation offers, having regarded it as a topic that can be put off until another day. We can also see that the current downturn in commodity prices will force everyone involved in trade finance to consider how to cut costs and drive greater efficiencies from their processes.

It makes a very compelling case for digitisation.

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