In its latest effort to use distributed ledgers to modernize the paper-intensive business of trade finance, R3 has agreed to work with Bolero on an electronic bill of lading service.
R3’s newest partner, the U.K.-based Bolero, already offers an electronic bill of lading and title registry, with a common legal framework, but the reach of that service will be extended by developing an oracle on Corda, the companies said.
Part of R3's broader mission is to "help connect digital islands," Todd McDonald, a co-founder and head of partnerships at R3, told CoinDesk.
The new partnership will plug the carriers that use Bolero's existing service into R3's "large and growing ecosystem of financial institutions" that use Corda, he said.
In so doing, the new service will cut the time – from days to hours – it takes for companies throughout the supply chain to complete document presentation, financing and payment, R3 and Bolero said.
In the press release, R3's CEO David Rutter said:
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