National Bank of Canada (NBC) has collaborated with ICT and business consulting services firm CGI and blockchain technology start-up Skuchain on a pilot programme aimed at improving and streamlining the processes for negotiating standby letters of credit (L/Cs) and guarantees.

The pilot integrated the CGI Trade360 trade finance platform with Skuchain's Contract Builder, an application built on the company's Brackets platform for smart contracts on a blockchain.

Smart contracts

The integration enables NBC to provide trade finance services digitally to customers conducting business on a blockchain solution. Customers can initiate, conduct and conclude negotiations of standby L/Cs and guarantees entirely on smart contracts.

These contracts intelligently construct agreements and securely communicate any changes in terms to relevant parties.


The result is a blockchain-based contract negotiation tool that the collaborators say is enormously effective in standby L/C and guarantee processing.

The platform aims to improve processing times, reduce risks and help strengthen the bank's customer relationships.

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