Cross-border Letter of Credit Blockchain Transaction

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First cross-border RMB-denominated blockchain-based Letter of Credit transaction in the world

We assisted Shenzhen MTC Co., Ltd (Shenzhen MTC) to complete the world’s first cross-border RMB-denominated blockchain-based Letter of Credit (“LC”) transaction. This is also the first blockchain LC in which both clients are based in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).

The live transaction involved Hong Kong-based MTC Electronic Co Limited (MTC) exporting a shipment of raw materials to its Shenzhen-based parent company (Shenzhen MTC). Using Voltron, a shared blockchain platform co-founded by 8 member banks globally, HSBC Shenzhen Branch issued a digitized LC on behalf of Shenzhen MTC to MTC. HSBC Hong Kong, on behalf of MTC, then reviewed, verified and uploaded required trade documents to the platform to complete the transaction within 24 hours. In contrast, the same process used to take 5 to 10 days by using paper-based documents. The use of digital technologies is making trade finance transactions simpler, faster, safer and more transparent.

The transaction marks the latest milestone in HSBC’s efforts to contribute to RMB internationalization by using fintech. It also demonstrates the Bank’s advantage as a leader in serving trade flows and corporates in the GBA.


First cross-border Letter of Credit blockchain transaction in China

We successfully completed the first cross-border Letter of Credit (“LC”) blockchain transaction in China, in a move that takes the digitisation of China’s trade another step closer to becoming a commercial reality.

The live transaction involved China SDIC International Trade Nanjing Company Limited (“SDIC Trade Nanjing”), operator of the largest B2B wool trading market in China, buying a bulk shipment of wool from Fox & Lillie, a wool exporter in Australia and a client of HSBC Australia.

Using Voltron, a blockchain-based documentary trade finance network, HSBC China issued a digitised Letter of Credit (LC) on behalf of SDIC Trade Nanjing. Fox & Lillie then reviewed, verified and uploaded their own trade documents to the platform to complete the transaction.

HSBC’s blockchain-enabled trade transactions have offered an insight into how the technology has the potential to revolutionise conventional trade finance and reduce the time frames and risk involved in cross-border trade.

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