A. General Information

1. Title

FIATA launches paperless FBL (Blockchain)

2. Status of the project/service
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
5. Geographical coverage
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
Other participating agencies/entities
FIATA partner Komgo (
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
AKANEA, Cargowise, CargoX, edoxOnline (Global Share), InfoSysTech-IST, Nabu and Usyncro.
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project/services
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
8. Business process category of the project/service
Forwarding and cargo handling

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
a. Objective(s)

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.

b. Business need for the project/service (background)

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.

c. Business process covered*
d. Overall architecture and functionalities*

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.

e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project/service


11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
12. Main challenges faced during the project/service
13. Lessons learned from the project/service
14. Main benefit(s) of the project/service
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained:

Key benefits 

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. 

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance
16. Future plan for expansion of the project and service
17. Other information or relevant references on the project and service

UN/CEFACT Multimodal Transport Reference Data Model

18. Relevant document regarding the project/service

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project/service:
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project/service
International standard
Industry-specific standard
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project/service
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project/service
International standard
Industry-specific standard
Technical recommendations from international body(ies)
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project/service
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project/service
International standard
Technical recommendations from international body(ies)
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information
The eFBL data standard and the API technical specifications are available on our GitHub repository.