BNP Paribas, HSBC, and 10 Other Banks Launch Hong Kong Blockchain Trade Finance Platform

A new Hong Kong-based blockchain trade finance platform has just launched this week that was developed by twelve major global banks, Reuters reported this Wednesday. The platform was developed by Canadian-based HSBC, France-based BNP Paribas, Great Britain-based Standard Chartered, and nine other major banks.

Blockchain Trade Finance Platform

The new platform is called eTrade Connect, and on Wednesday, HSBC said it reduced the time it takes to approve trade loan applications. Usually, these loans would take a day and a half to process, but thanks to eTrade, it has been reduced to four hours.

Trade finance transactions were worth over $9 trillion in 2017. Despite the high volume, most of the industry is paper-based and slow. Trade finance transaction processes and procedures haven’t changed in decades, until now.

“Blockchain has transformed a cumbersome, complex process into a simpler but more secure and efficient way of conducting trade,” said Pricerite Chairman Bankee Kwan in a statement issued by HSBC.

The new blockchain trade finance platform is set to revolutionize how trade loan applications are processed around the world. The eTrade platform digitizes the trade documents and automates many trade finance processes. The first successful transactions exchanged and confirmed on the new platform were purchased by Pricerite, a furniture and household goods retailer.

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Blockchain Shift

This last July, We.trade collaborated with Hyperledger Fabric-powered European blockchain to complete its first live operation. In the mix of this live operation was Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Santander, and Rabobank.

In the near future, most cross-border transactions will be held on blockchain technology, but it just depends on how fast banks can adapt to the new switch. Many larger banks around the world have assigned a group of employees within their company to research and test blockchain. The new eTrade Connect Blockchain trade finance platform launch this week confirms it.

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