Natixis, IBM and Trafigura Introduce First-Ever Blockchain Solution for US Crude Oil Market

March 28th, 2017 – Natixis, IBM and Trafigura have pioneered the first blockchain solution in commodity trade finance for US crude oil transactions. The distributed ledger platform – built on the Linux Foundation open source Hyperledger Fabric – allows major steps in a crude oil transaction to be digitized on the blockchain, ensuring improved transparency, enhanced security, and optimized efficiency.

By having the buyer, seller and their respective banks all on the same ledger, all parties can simultaneously view and share data on the status of a transaction, from the time a new trade is confirmed and validated, to when the crude oil is inspected, to its final delivery and cancellation of the letter of credit. Key benefits of the solution include reduced cash cycle times, improved efficiency via lower overhead costs and fewer cost intermediaries, increased transaction visibility to help reduce the threat of tampering, fraud and cybercrime, and the creation of transparent transactions by using shared processes and recordkeeping.

This initiative is part of a broader effort to modernize trading in the global crude ...

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