A. General Information
FIATA launches paperless FBL (Blockchain)
B. Lessons Learned
FIATA is proud to bring its members a pragmatic solution to move from paper documents to paperless FIATA BLs, which can be issued directly through their everyday tools. The FIATA solution improves the level of security of the FIATA BL in comparison to the paper version, making use of blockchain technology to authenticate the documents and provide an audit trail.
Based on its eFBL data standard, FIATA has developed an API service, available free of charge to all software providers, allowing them to connect with FIATA to create secured paperless FBLs.
Conscious of the various challenges which remain to be overcome to achieve worldwide adoption and legal recognition of the electronic exchange of data, the paperless FBL is an answer to the needs of the industry for improved access and exchange of trade documents. The document issuer can decide in which format (s)he wishes to share the original unaltered document with its stakeholders: in paper form or as a PDF.
FIATA encourages all TMS’s, eBL providers and other software providers to join them and implement FIATA’s solution to offer this new service to their customers. All technical specifications are available on FIATA’s GitHub repository.
The solution, developed by FIATA partner Komgo, will help to reduce fraud risks, as each document is recorded on an immutable ledger and will be verifiable at any time by all stakeholders interacting with the document. Stakeholders will be able to either scan the QR code at the top right of the document, or directly upload the PDF on FIATA’s verification page to access the document audit trail which will
certify the validity of the document,
the identity of its issuer,
and the integrity of its content.
Save time and money - Issue digital documents within seconds and save money by avoiding costs generated by paper documents.
Optimise your processes - Issue secured digital FBLs directly from your TMS and avoid double data entry.
Bring trust and security - Give the possibility to your stakeholders to verify at any time: the validity of the eFBL, your identity as well as the document content integrity.
Achieve your sustainability goals - Embrace a green solution, help saving paper and unnecessary courier services.
Flexibility of format - Decide in which format you want to share your FBL with your stakeholders: in a digital format (PDF) or you can always print it if needed.
UN/CEFACT Multimodal Transport Reference Data Model