ZIM Completes Blockchain Pilot - Global Trade Magazine
  November 28th, 2017 | Written by

ZIM Completes Blockchain Pilot

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  • New solution allows the secure exchange of original documents on the blockchain.
  • New blockchain system ensure all parties can issue and transfer shipping and trade documents securely.
  • Blockchain application is free for shippers, importers, and traders.

The first pilot of paperless bills of lading based on blockchain technology was completed by the ocean carrier Zim in cooperation with Sparx Logistics and Wave Ltd. The pioneering pilot, first of its kind led by an ocean carrier, was concluded successfully.

During the trial all participants issued, transferred and received original electronic documents using the Wave Application; the containers, shipped by Sparx Logistics from China to Canada, were delivered to the consignees without a hitch.

An electronic substitute to the traditional Negotiable Ocean Bill-of-lading has been the industry’s Holy Grail for many years. ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is pioneering the new solution following a long market analysis; ZIM is convinced that the blockchain technology and the Wave application can be the solution that will drive the trade to the digital era.

“Moving to a digital bill of lading would be hugely beneficial in supporting the supply chain in general, through reduced costs, error free documentation and fast transfer of original documents,” said Wave CEO Gadi Ruschin.

The new blockchain-based system developed by Wave uses distributed ledger technology to ensure that all parties can issue, transfer, endorse and manage shipping and trade related documents through a secure decentralized network. The application is free for shippers, importers, and traders and requires no IT or operational changes.

“While we are still in the process of evaluating the technology,” said ZIM CIO Eyal Ben-Amram, “we are confident that this type of forward-looking ideas will advance our industry as a whole towards a more efficient and modern phase.”