Maersk and IBM to Discontinue Blockchain-enabled TradeLens Platform
A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) and IBM has announced the decision to withdraw the TradeLens offerings and discontinue the platform.
Rotem HershkoHead of Business Platforms at A.P. Moller - Maersk said: "TradeLens was founded on the bold vision to make a leap in global supply chain digitization as an open and neutral industry platform.
"Unfortunately, while we successfully developed a viable platform, the need for full global industry collaboration has not been achieved.
"As a result, TradeLens has not reached the level of commercial viability necessary to continue work and meet the financial expectations as an independent business."
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The TradeLens team has begun to withdraw the offerings and discontinue the platform, and the intent is that the platform will go offline by end of quarter one, 2023. During this process all parties involved will ensure that customers are attended to without disruptions to their businesses.
Maersk will continue its efforts to digitise the supply chain and increase industry innovation through other solutions to reduce trade friction and promote more global trade.
“We will leverage the work of TradeLens as a steppingstone to further push our digitisation agenda and look forward to harnessing the energy and ability of our technology talent in new ways,” said Rotem Hershko.
The TradeLens platform was announced in 2018 and jointly developed by IBM and GTD Solution, a division of Maersk, as a blockchain-enabled shipping solution designed to promote more efficient and secure global trade.