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The ICC Digital Standards Initiative

We are establishing 
a globally harmonised 
digital trade environment.

Years of digitising trade documentation


UNCITRAL MLETR Adoption since 2017

8 jurisdictions

Global electronic bill of lading (eBL) issuance in 2022


Recent innovations to digitise the global trading system have had the unintended consequence of fragmenting the market and the platforms used by several industries of the international supply chain and public sector agencies. There is a clear need for a trusted, independent and neutral body to lead the effort to connect digital islands.


Hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Digital Standards Initiative is committed to promoting policy coherence and harmonising digital trading standards for the benefit of businesses, governments, and people everywhere. Working with established standard-setting bodies and international organisations, the ICC Digital Standards Initiative will drive greater adoption of existing standards and create new frameworks to unify digital trade processes.

For an overview of existing standards that could help drive adoption, identify potential gaps, and promote interoperability, click here for a copy of The Standards Toolkit for Cross-Border Paperless Trade.

What is the ICC Digital Standards Initiative?


The ICC Digital Standards Initiative will resolve key challenges facing trade digitisation efforts, including:  


Lack of coherent standards for developers, executives and policymakers.


Legal uncertainty regarding the acceptance of digital trade documentation.


Platform rulebooks that hinder cross-platform title document exchange and utilisation.


Unclear requirements for foundational trade standards.


Insufficient standards to simplify blockchain and non-blockchain based integration.

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The ICC Digital Standards Initiative is establishing a globally harmonised trade environment to address these challenges and bridge digital standard gaps.

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