Korea Customs Service Partners with Samsung SDS to Build Blockchain Customs Platform

Samsung SDS will develop a blockchain platform for the Korean customs service to fight customs fraud and forged documents.

The Korea Customs Service has signed an agreement with Samsung SDS to deploy blockchain technology for its customs clearance system, according to a press release published September 14.

Samsung SDS, the IT arm of electronics giant Samsung, will develop a blockchain-powered platform based on Nexledger, which will be used for export customs logistics services. Nexledger is a blockchain platform designed to provide an integrated solution to businesses looking to reduce expenses while managing digital financial transactions and data exchange.

The new product is reportedly aimed at organizations active in export operations, enabling them to streamline and secure document sharing at each stage, from customs declarations of the exported goods to the delivery, in addition to detecting and preventing the use of forged documents.

Along with the Korea Customs Service, forty-eight different organizations, including public agencies, shipping, and insurance companies have also entered the agreement.

The upcoming platform is not the first blockchain-powered logistics project developed by Samsung SDS. In June, the company revealed the Cello 3.0 platform, which will combine artificial intelligence (AI) technology and the company’s “logistics knowhow.”

In August, Samsung SDS announced the launch of BankSign, a blockchain-based certification tool for banks and a joint project with the Korea Federation of Banks. BankSign reportedly enables customers to acquire a certification that is valid for up to three years, replacing the existing certificate system, which requires annual renewal and registration and authentication with each individual bank.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is also looking to adopt blockchain for its shipment tracking system. The agency announced in August that it will launch a live test of the system, the results of which will define how blockchain is able to enhance the verification process of certificates of origin from partners of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central America Free Trade Agreement.

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FedEx CEO: Blockchain Is The ‘Next Frontier’ For Global Supply Chains

FedEx remains bullish on blockchain as its CEO says a failure to engage with the technology means “probable extinction” for logistics businesses.

Delivery services multinational FedEx said it is “quite confident” blockchain has “big, big implications” for supply chains in a speech May 14, as it continues engagement with the technology.

Speaking at the Consensus 2018 conference in New York Monday, FedEx CEO Fred Smith said that the time had come for businesses to ingratiate themselves with blockchain or face “probable extinction.”

“We’re quite confident that it has big, big implications in supply chain, transportation and logistics,” he said during a panel quoted by Bloomberg and other sources, continuing:

“It’s the next frontier that’s going to completely change worldwide supply chains.”

FedEx has had positive experiences looking into the potential blockchain holds to improve its businesses model. In February, the company joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), a focus group whose members include rail operator BNSF, JD Logistics, and GE Transportation.

FedEx’s goal, industry media reported at the time, was to strive to “create common logistics standards” based on the technology.

Prior to that, in October of last year, it became a member of the Canada-based Blockchain Research Institute, Don Tapscott’s initiative dedicated to “conducting the definitive study of the impact of blockchain technology on business, government and society.”

Earlier this month meanwhile, Cointelegraph reported on how the issue of modernizing supply chain structures of all descriptions has become a central focus of  governments globally, in addition the private sector. On May 10, Cointelegraph reported that Australia’s home affairs ministry is currently looking at how it could implement blockchain in its trade supply chains. That same week, two United States House Subcommittees held a hearing focused on how blockchain can be used in supply chain management.

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