North American Customs Giant Signs Up to TradeLens


Canadian customs broker Livingston International has announced it will link up with the TradeLens blockchain initiative through a pilot project to be developed with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

TradeLens is a blockchain digital shipping solution launched by A.P. Moller-Maersk and IBM in August 2018, which PTI covered at the time.

More than 20 port and terminal operators worldwide are claimed to have already linked up with TradeLens, including the APM Terminals network, PSA Singapore, International Container Terminal Services and Port of Rotterdam.

TradeLens has been developed to promote greater efficiency through trade supply chains, by bringing the links closer together, allowing greater and more secure data sharing and transparency.

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Livingston is the first broker to adopt the TradeLens platform for automating customs operations.  The company is aiming to streamline its internal procedures while maintaining high levels of accuracy and security.  CBSA is participating in the pilot project to examine how blockchain can improve the organization’s oversight of customs operations.

Craig Conway, chief technology officer for Livingston International, said: “We have always prided ourselves on being a forward-thinking customs broker and trade-services provider.

“We are excited to be working with Maersk, IBM, CBSA and other members of the TradeLens ecosystem on an initiative we believe will serve our industry well and provide transparency and security in the global movement of goods.”

The head of TradeLens, Maersk Global Trade Digitization CEO Mike White, said: “We're thrilled to have Livingston joining in the pilot of the TradeLens platform.

“As a leader in customs brokerage services, Livingston is now positioned to pioneer the use of blockchain technology and shape its impact to shippers around the world

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