Digitization and Automation of Trade Finances in 2021

As the business world moves forward with more investments and long-term international business plans, banks are starting to give more importance to digitization and automation of trade finances. They have come to realize that to keep up with the complexities of trade finance, to increase profit, and to enhance customer experience, one needs to invest in automation and digitization.

Trade finances have become more complex than ever - with growing cross-border tariffs, trade wars, and breakdown of institutions. Due to trade recovery, business is also growing internationally - changing traditional trade products into open trade accounts.

Under these circumstances, it is physically impossible to inspect every trade document. This is where automation and digitization of trade finances come in. Companies need automation since it helps to battle the manual processing and complexity of trade finances. It inspects every trade document, eliminating the various errors that might occur during transactions while decreasing the cost of such error eliminations.

Again, digitization will help reduce trade finance transactions while reducing storage costs and high-handling costs. The whole concept of digitization can move the labor-intensive banking industry towards an automated one.

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Digitalization will also lead to better connectivity and transparency between the different players in the game, like the banks, the companies, shipping companies, exporters, importers, and others. Already, banks have implemented several digitization policies like online platforms for transactions, followed by OCR or Optical Character Recognition, imaging, and APIs.

All in all, banks need to incorporate as many automation and digitization technologies as possible. This will help them balance the new requirements of the changing dynamics of trade finances. While they are still far from complete digitization and automation, they have started their journey already. These small transformations are already paving the way to a seamless trading experience for their customers.

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