Hapag-Lloyd is offering its worldwide customers the use of electronic Bills of Lading. In cooperation with WAVE BL, a digital platform for supply chain partners, customers can go paperless not only with the Bill of Lading, but also with other vital trade documents. By using the WAVE BL network, printing, signing, and releasing paper-based documents will come to an end. The platform optimizes the flow of cargo in a blockchain-backed digital infrastructure, taking the place of manual workflows in exchange for a more secure, automated solution, where carriers can issue, possess, transmit and sign documents within minutes.With the new solution Hapag-Lloyd gets one step further of going paperless with its customers. Physical documentation sharing on paper has high costs and exposes risk of forgery and loss in an industry that grosses over 19 trillion USD in goods, annually. WAVE BL is a blockchain-based digital document courier platform that mirrors the traditional process for transferring original paper documents — electronically. The solution enables instant, encrypted, and authenticated transfer of electronic Bills of Lading and other vital trade documents. The eBL platform is designed to meet the needs of every member along the supply chain.