GLEIF, WaveBL collaborate to boost eBLs

GLEIF, WaveBL collaborate on eBL Platforms

Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) and WaveBL have announced a new collaboration focused on the digital transformation of electronic Bills of Lading (eBLs) and related trade documents.

Through this partnership, the companies look to increase operational efficiency, enhance security, and reduce the burden of regulatory compliance.

WaveBL is a blockchain-based platform for digitising electronic trade documents. By introducing the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) with its digital counterpart, the verifiable LEI (vLEI), WaveBL is aiming to obtain and utilise accurate, verified digital identity data of the shippers, consignees, and other legal entities engaged in the movement of goods around the world.

By encouraging companies to use data from their LEI records or to obtain new LEIs, WaveBL is working to enhance the reliability and accuracy of the information within its global network address book.

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An LEI is a unique ISO-standardised 20-character code assigned to a legal entity. Each LEI links to a verified company identity record held in the Global LEI Index, an open, globally recognised data bank that is free for all to access.

This enables anyone to verify that an organisation is indeed who it claims to be. To date, over 2.6 million LEIs have been issued globally. A vLEI is a digital counterpart to an LEI, making automatic recognition of an entity’s LEI possible in digital processes.

WaveBL CEO, Noam Rosenfeld, commented: “The integration of the LEIs into our platform represents a monumental step towards achieving a seamless digital trade environment.

“By ensuring the accuracy of digital identities, we are enhancing trust and transparency within our network and setting the stage for global interoperability. However, enabling automatic verification of digital credentials is a prerequisite in this regard.

“Currently, WaveBL handles verification processes on a platform level. As WaveBL is in search of a globally accepted standard, we have found that, the introduction of vLEIs could radically streamline this process by providing a trusted automated and universally accepted solution for verifying companies’ digital identities worldwide.”

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Alexandre Kech, CEO of GLEIF, commented: “By introducing LEIs and vLEIs into its platform, WaveBL is expected to enhance the speed, accuracy, and reliability of its digital identity verification, fostering greater interoperability and security in global trade.

“By integrating the LEI into digital supply chain systems, enterprises are not only increasing efficiency and reducing the costs of paperwork but also equipping their industry with the tools needed to fight fraud and other forms of financial crime.

“I applaud WaveBL’s efforts and am excited to see our collaboration continue as the vLEI ecosystem continues to gather momentum around the world.”

In September 2023, COSCO SHIPPING Energy Transportation (COSCO) and COSCO SHIPPING Bulk (COSCO Bulk) joined the Global Shipping Business Network GSBN consortium and issued the first electronic bills of lading (eBL) for energy and bulk shipments.

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