A. General Information

1. Title


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
NTT DATA Corporation
Other participating agencies/entities
Toyota Tsusho Corporation, UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi Corporation
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
NTT DATA Corporation
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
Toyota Tsusho Corporation, UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi Corporation
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project/services
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Customs brokers
Other Government Agencies (OGAs)
Trading companies, Manufacturers, Transport Companies, Financial Institution
8. Business process category of the project/service
Commercial Transactions
Forwarding and cargo handling

B. Lessons Learned

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

TradeWaltz is the cross-industries trade platform utilizing blockchain technology to streamline trade processes and digitize trade data across industries.

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

In international trade, B2B exchanges are still paper or PDF based, and a great deal of time is spent on retyping data and other manual work. This is a huge hassle in the covid situation.

c. Business process covered*

Companies involved in trade can communicate with any connected players with TradeWaltz. As trade procedures are digitized and we no longer need papers.

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*

TradeWaltz leverages blockchain technology to prevent the manipulation of its data, thus assuring the credibility of the information.

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

All documents and data are relevant to trade such as purchase orders, purchase/sales contracts, invoices, packing lists, insurance notes, etc.

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches

TradeWaltz makes use of combination of distributed databases and blockchain. The data stored on the blockchain layer is hashed only.

12. Main challenges faced during the project/service

The stakeholders in global trade always struggle with the fragmentation of the data between transactions, which requires time and manual efforts to complete the process.

13. Lessons learned from the project/service

Since various kinds of stakeholders are involved, it requires a lot of effort to gather and merge all requirements and then come up with one solution.

14. Main benefit(s) of the project/service
Transaction Cost savings* -- rate: 44%%
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained:

Trade practitioners do not need to gather in the office, and TradeWaltz user can have visibility on the status of inventory and logistics.

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI), ABeam Consulting Ltd., BC Cube Ltd., LaKeel, Inc., Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. (MRI), TIS Inc. 

16. Future plan for expansion of the project and service

We will ally with digital trade platforms in all over the world. We shall proceed with further collaboration like API linkage to build a digital trade ecosystem in the world.

17. Other information or relevant references on the project and service

We are now proceeding system linkage project with digital trade platforms of Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand as an APEC project and it is financially supported by the Japanese government.

18. Relevant document regarding the project/service

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project/service:
REST API, JSON format:
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project/service
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project/service
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project/service
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project/service
TLS (Transport Layer Security) / SSL (Secure Socket Layer)
Two-Factor Authentication
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project/service
International standard
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information