A. General Information

1. Title

PAA Secure Cross-Border Transaction Service

2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
5. Geographical coverage
Regional: Asia and the Pacific
Participating countries: China, Hong Kong, China, Macao, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
Pan Asian e-commerce Alliance (PAA)
Other participating agencies/entities
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
Pan Asian e-commerce Alliance (PAA)
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
CIECC – China, NACCS – Japan, InterCommerce – Philippines, Trade-Van– Chinese Taipei, KTNET – Korea, CrimsonLogic – Singapore, Tradelink – Hong Kong SAR, TEDMEV – Macau SAR, CAT Telecom – Thailand, EDI-I – Indonesia, Dagang Net – Malaysia
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Customs brokers
Chamber of Commerce
8. Business process category of the project
Commercial Transactions
Forwarding and cargo handling
Regulatory/official control

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
Brief Summary

The PAA Secure Cross-Border Transaction Service consists in transaction services based on the PAA legal framework and technical specifications to enable traders to exchange trade documents electronically with their partners regardless of their system and solutions.

a. Objective(s)
  • To enable secure and reliable transmission of trade and logistics data and documents 
  • To allow inter-connection of network services to provide e-Commerce transaction application services for the trade business community 
  • To create a Pan-Asian portal to enable global B2B connection and communication 
b. Business need for the project (background)

With the emerging internet technology, the way of doing international trade had changed and paperless trade service providers in the region gathered to cooperate in establishing cross-border paperless trade  

c. Business process covered*

Exchange of electronic trade document exchange for either commercial or regulatory control purpose through the secure online channel.  

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*
e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

Purchase Order, Invoice, Packing List, Bill of Lading Advice, Air Way Bill, Certificate of Origin and other document necessary for international trade 

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
  • Van to Van interconnectivity method 
  • ebXML for interconnectivity protocol 
  • PKI  
  • Proprietary PAA XML for messages 
12. Main challenges faced during the project

The mutual recognition scheme under private contract is not being recognized by government sectors, hence discouraging traders from the use of cross-border paperless trade services 

13. Lessons learned from the project

Government sector cooperation is essential for the facilitation of cross-border paperless trade transactions 

Common International Standards, Harmonization of Different Legal Framework, Cooperation between Public and Private Sectors, Lack of Coordination Mechanism, Capacity Gaps among the Parties 

14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

Facilitate Electronic Information Exchange, with reliable service backed by interconnection and service level agreement, Reduce administrative costs, Faster transactions, Opportunities for improved operations, inventory management and increased sales and revenues 

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance
16. Future plan for expansion of the project

PAA members are trying to engage with government sectors to secure the recognition of the electronic messages across-borders. Also adoption of the latest technologies such as Block-Chain and Fin Tech are being discussed.  

17. Other information or relevant references on the project
18. Relevant document regarding the project

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
International standard
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
ebMS (ebXML)
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
International standard
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
Proprietary solution
Proprietary solution was applied because:
- No relevant international standard
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information