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An Introduction to eUCP

The International Trade Banking environment is changing rapidly. We are witnessing consolidation of the banking industry with fewer and larger trade banks controlling more and more of the business. Global reach in terms of trade processing, across borders with seamless integration between the actors in the international trade chain is now in sight.

We are now beginning to witness the application of browser independent, secure internet-based platforms which in practice means that for the first time leaders in the field can provide both 'front office' and 'back office' internet based trade solutions.

This can work to the benefit of both small and large players, depending on their role and positioning in the marketplace.

The larger players are facilitated in having a global reach for trade processing.Whereas the smaller banks - who have traditionally built their trade business around client trading knowledge - can maintain their customer relationship while outsourcing expensive trade and documentary processing.

This can be done offshore in low cost but high volume managed trade processing centres. We are already seeing the examination of electronic records for compliance with direct feedback to the presenter and in some cases to the beneficiary when documents have been processed directly by the beneficiary.The next step is in sight... the use of electronic records that facilitate the exchange of common data across interoperable platforms.

The United Nations electronic Trade Documents (UNeDocs) Project is gaining pace. The concept is based on the provision of a technologically neutral data retention and management solution. The result is that UNeDocs documents can be formatted in paper, XML, PDF and EDI.

The data can be read or visually examined through industry standard browser -technology and the format supports electronic signatures and authentication of electronic records where required. The exchange of data is also facilitated thus removing many of the costs associated with traditional paper documents.

The further expansion of the UNeDocs model will facilitate the evolution from paper to paper-less environment. As UNeDocs always have the paper option they are consistent with the 12 Articles of the eUCP (which are intended to work in tandem with UCP 600 where electronic or part-electronic presentation of documents may form a presentation under a Letter of Credit).