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eFBL (Electronic FIATA Multimodal Transport Bill of Lading)

FIATA Multimodal Transport Bill of Lading

The Negotiable FIATA Multimodal Transport Bill of Lading  of Lading is a trustworthy and reputable trade document. It is the only truly multimodal negotiable standard Bill of Lading, set up by FIATA for the use by freight forwarders acting as Multimodal Transport Operators (MTO). The ICC logo, visible on the top right of the document, demonstrates its conformity with UNCTAD/ICC rules for Multimodal Transport Documents. Find out more about the FBL.


Bringing trust and security through digitalization

A digital version of the FBL has been long awaited and this is now becoming a reality! FIATA’s eFBL project does not only include the release of the eFBL data model as an open-source standard but will also add a trust and security layer on top of the digital document.

The eFBL solution focuses on the development of the document integrity and traceability, through its digitalization. FIATA will make its bill of lading standard available to software providers to enable its members to issue eFBLs through their everyday tools. Each document will be ‘stamped’ with a unique FIATA tracking QR code and number which will certify the validity of the document, the integrity of its content, and the identity of its issuer (as it will be linked to the digital identity profile of the FIATA member issuing the document). The tracking QR code and number will also allow all stakeholders, interacting with the document, to have access to a full audit trail for each document.

To facilitate interoperability with all actors of the supply chain, the eFBL standard is aligned with the UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) Multimodal Transport Reference Data Model.


Status of the project

Both the technical and operational feasibility of the project were confirmed through a seven months Proof of Concept, which was successfully concluded in August 2021. The POC involved 7 software providers (AKANEA, Bolero, eCustoms, eDox Online, CargoX, Cargowise, TradeWindow) as well as 19 Freight Forwarding companies who tested the full lifecycle of the eFBL.

The draft eFBL data model can be accessed on FIATA’s Git Hub repository: https://github.com/FIATA/eFBL. Feedback on the data model is welcome.

The implementation of the full solution is now under way and an official launch is planned for early 2022.

For more information about the project, please contact Lucelia Tinembart, Digital Projects Officer at [email protected]


Watch the video to learn more about the proof of concept.

FIATA digital identity

The way data is exchanged has evolved. Data is no longer shared in a bilateral way, but is now made available through ecosystems to trusted stakeholders who proactively retrieve data from its original issuer. This means that a secured identification of the ecosystems participants is key to ensure both the data issuers and receivers can be trusted.

The strategy's first project aims to create digital identity profiles for its members, which will include tailored information (liability insurance information, common legal entity identifiers, etc.) certifying that they are valid FIATA members and trustworthy companies. The profile information will be accessible to software providers and FIATA members stakeholders, through an online registry. FIATA members will keep control over their data, as they will be able to choose exactly which information is shared with whom.

Watch the video to learn more about the digital identity project.

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