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The Case for Change

The ICC Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) aims to

accelerate the development of a globally harmonized, digitized trade environment,

as a key enabler of dynamic, sustainable, inclusive growth. We engage the public sector to progress regulatory and institutional reform, and mobilize the private sector on adoption, implementation and capacity building.


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Outdated regulatory environments for businesses to use hard-copy documents.

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Siloed and incompatible digital systems hinder widespread digital adoption.

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Lack of universal standards leads to fractured trade processes.

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Operating Model

The ICC Digital Standards Initiative (DSI), based in Singapore, operates in accordance with the management standards of ICC and under the guidance of a Governance Board comprising policymakers from governments and international organisations, including the Government of Singapore, Asian Development Bank, World Trade Organization and World Customs Organization.

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Strategy and core principles 

The ICC Digital Standards Initiative will unify and digitise the global trading system by adhering to the following core principles:

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​Re-use rather than recreate

The ICC Digital Standards Initative advocates for the adoption of existing standards, when viable.

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Engage standard-setting bodies

Leverage the expertise and knowledge of trusted standard-setting bodies.

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Consider all approaches

Deliver standards that enable both blockchain and non-blockchain based approaches.

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Accessible to all

Establish standards that are truly accessible to carriers, exporters, importers, banks, and customs agencies.

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Enhance capacity

Ensure that the appropriate capabilities within relevant industries are leveraged to overcome challenges.

Stadium Concrete Seats

The ICC Digital Standards Initiative’s strategy is to:  


Unify digital standards efforts across 

alliance groups, industry forums, standards organisations, companies, and countries.


Spearhead and advocate for adoption of UNCITRAL MLETR:

United Nations Commission on international trade laws model law of Electronic Transferable Records (2017) across strategic trade nations and routes.


Overcome the interoperable rulebook challenge

Enable carriers, importers, exporters, banks and customs officials to have access to a uniform set of terms and rules concerning title management requirements.


Enable the Trade Standards Landscape:

Enhance access to standards that will accelerate the digitisation of trade-related processes.


Expand standards

 to enable platforms to share information related to trade-related processes.


Governance Board

The ICC Digital Standards Initiative is backed by an international Governing Board that sets the strategic direction, objectives, and engagement structure of the initiative annually.


The ICC Digital Standards Initiative Governing Board comprises professionals from international organisations around the world to establish standards that work for businesses every day and everywhere.



The ICC Digital Standards Initiative Governing  Board includes:

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