Proof of concept

FIATA has launched a proof of concept to test its tracking solution for its e-FIATA Bill of Lading (eFBL). The document tracking solution will benefit from both FIATA’s digital identity and FIATA digital documents, which are the first two projects part of its digital strategy.

The proof of concept focuses on the development of the eFBL integrity and traceability, through its digitalization. FIATA will make its bill of lading standard available to software providers to enable its members to issue eFBLs through their everyday tools. Each document will be ‘stamped’ with a unique FIATA tracking code which will certify the validity of the document, the integrity of its content, and the identity of its issuer (as it will be linked to the digital identity profile of the FIATA member issuing the document). This stamping process will also allow FIATA, as well as all stakeholders interacting with the document, to have access to a full audit trail for each document issued.

For more information about the proof of concept, please contact Lucelia Tinembart, Digital Projects Officer at

Watch the video to learn more about the proof of concept.

FIATA digital identity

The way data is exchanged has evolved. Data is no longer shared in a bilateral way, but is now made available through ecosystems to trusted stakeholders who proactively retrieve data from its original issuer. This means that a secured identification of the ecosystems participants is key to ensure both the data issuers and receivers can be trusted.

The strategy's first project aims to create digital identity profiles for its members, which will include tailored information (liability insurance information, common legal entity identifiers, etc.) certifying that they are valid FIATA members and trustworthy companies. The profile information will be accessible to software providers and FIATA members stakeholders, through an online registry. FIATA members will keep control over their data, as they will be able to choose exactly which information is shared with whom.

Watch the video to learn more about the digital identity project.

FIATA standard trade documents digital library

To facilitate interoperability, standards are essentials. The current multiplication of trade document versions is, however, diminishing the value of the existing standards. This is why FIATA aims to make its standard trade documents, including the FIATA Bill of Lading, easily available to freight forwarders through existing software providers. This will ensure everyone uses the same up-to-date version of the documents.

The strategy's second project aims to strengthen the compliance control over the issuer of FIATA’s standard trade documents. By accessing FIATA’s digital identity profiles, software providers will be able to verify the identity of their users and ensure they fulfil the correct requirements to issue FIATA’s standard trade documents.

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