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How Blockchain Helps Trade and Finance

By Emiley Edward posted Fri December 01, 2023 12:08 AM


Since its inception, blockchain technology has evolved drastically. The technology that forms the foundation of all cryptocurrencies continues to transform sectors that traditionally face issues like delays, distrust, and compliance complexities. Developers recognize the potential that blockchain technology has for reduced costs, increased transparency, and security in trade and finance.

Trade finance provides the finances required to complete the deals between sellers and buyers for smoother and more reliable processes. Businesses involved in international trading are keen on securing liquidity, credibility, security, and ease of payment. As such, blockchain technology has proven to be the best avenue for businesses to foster a frictionless environment. Blockchain in trade finance eliminates unwanted intermediaries and helps to reduce clumsy paperwork, delays in the verification of transactions, and slow payment processing.

Benefits of Blockchain in Trade and Finance

The traditional architecture of trade finance has pain points that blockchain addresses. Here are the benefits of blockchain in trade finance:

  • Efficiency 

Slow payment processing affects the buy-and-supply cycle. For businesses, one of the main concerns is getting timely payment for goods or services provided. Buyers are also equally worried about paying for a product or service without quality assurance or a guarantee of delivery. Blockchain technology facilitates faster payment processing because transactions are done directly between relevant parties without the involvement of third-party intermediaries. Smart contracts trigger business transactions automatically, streamlining payment processes in a faster and more cost-effective way.

  • Security

Blockchain technology cryptographically encrypts each transaction. Every piece of data and information is securely stored on a platform that is accessible only to authorized users. This significantly improves security and reduces the chances of fraudulent activity.

  • Transparency

Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology, which means that all transaction details are recorded in a ledger that is accessible to all parties involved. The information about commercial agreements is also visible to all parties involved and cannot be tampered with by a single entity. This transparency reduces distrust between the parties involved and ensures that the transactions are genuine.

  • No need for audits

The smart contracts used are error-free, and every detail about financial transactions is stored securely so that it cannot be tampered with or erased. As a result, no audits are needed. Blockchain also simplifies the verification of the authenticity of assets, therefore reducing compliance expenditures.

  • Traceability

In trade finance, optimal traceability is needed for mutual trust and understanding. Blockchain technology improves traceability with transparency, therefore informing all parties involved of any delays in the delivery of goods or services. The data and information on every transaction also makes it easier to trace every transaction initiated and completed on the platform.

Blockchain technology ensures that no manpower is needed to receive orders or payments by implementing self-executable smart contracts. Businesses can therefore offer goods and services to a global audience without worrying about timezones. This expands the reach of businesses that would otherwise be limited and saves a lot of time and effort in maintaining the inflow of funds without fraud or delays.

Blockchain technology enables cryptocurrencies like dogecoin to be decentralized. In trade finance, this same technology has transformed the architecture of trade finance and radically changed the processes of order confirmation, bill generation, bill payment, dispatch information, the expected time of delivery, confirmation of delivery, and the request for feedback. These processes can be done smoothly and automatically without involving third-party intermediaries, and this transformation significantly benefits trade and finance.