Local Logistics Partner Network Across Regional Trade Gateways
Helping To Create A Digital Trade Super Highway And Pave the way for MLETR
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The Trade Gateways Network

The Trade Gateways Network is operated by Local Merchant Services, (LMS) in co-operation with significant partners. LMS have been providing Local Merchant Services since 2017. Services are centrally provided to Trade Gateways in the Network by a partnership with IBM.

The Digital Trade Gateways Network are analogous to a Strategic Road Network Super Highway. Strategic road networks are significant roads used for the distribution of goods and services. They provide real and direct economic benefits. One Road on its own leads nowhere. A road network is required to make significant journeys. In a similar way, a Regional Trade Gateway Network can help facilitate Trade.

Over 250 Trade Gateways are operated and wholly owned by the programme including Nashville.Trade and Brexit.Trade, where individual Regional Trade Gateways in the Countries the UK has a Trade Deal with, are being featured for Local Execution of Transactions done at Brexit.Trade, which will be fully operational from February 2023

White Paper And Team

The TRADE GATEWAYS White Paper including details of the team
can be seen here

The Programme

The TRADE GATEWAYS Programme help connects Regional And Industry Trade Gateways that assist to Digitize Trade, thereby seeding Trade Digitization, and helping to pave the way for MLETR. Regional Trade Gateways are operated from the Trade Names for their Geographic Locations

The Programme features co-operation with institutions in the provision of Trade Services to the Trade Gateways Featured in the Programme, which facilitates Cargo Release Facilitation. This can assist customers to eliminate manual processes and remove any need for physical exchanges of paper documentation. This can lead to a reduction in the overall process time of over 98%. They also facilitate Trade Finance.

Logistics Partners And MLETR

The TRADE GATEWAYS Programme is partnering with a major Logistics Group in the operation of the Trade Gateways.Individual Regional Trade Gateways are being linked to the relevant Offices of the Logistics Group.

LMS is providing the requisite Trade Digitization infrastructure to include tools for parties in the supply chain to issue trade documents, for those documents to be signed and verified online.

The Trade Gateways are also aligned to the requirements of the United Nations Model Law of Electronic Transferable Records (MLETR) which is helping put a Global legal framework in place for Digital Trade.

Logistics And Digital Trade Documents Facilitation Services

Each Trade Gateway Provides a Range of Logistics Services necessary for Trade, as well as tools to enable the Digital Generation of:

Transferable documents: i.e. Trade documents that entitle the holder to claim the performance of an obligation or ownership (e.g. bills of lading, bills of exchange, etc.) and the provision of tools to be able to track and transfer ownership of the trade document, and :
Normal documents/Verifiable documents:, i.e. Trade documents that can be verified for authenticity but do not confer ownership (e.g. invoices, packing list, certificate of origin, etc.)

The TRADE GATEWAYS Programme is helping pave the way for MLETR. Please see Video on MLETR below

Video on Electronic Bills Of Lading

Provision Of Infrastructure For Trade Digitization Facilitated by Local Digital Trade Gateways

Each transaction is treated on a case by case basis, but a general scenario is one as detailed below:


1. Buyer sees the offer at the transactional site that is part of the TRADE GATEWAYS Programme, and agrees to buy from a Seller. The parties agree an equivalence between control of an electronic transferrable record and possession of a transferrable paper document or instrument.

2. Buyer makes the order and the trade invoice is generated by the seller on the TRADE GATEWAYS Platform.

3. The parties agree that an Electronic letter of credit will be utilized in the transaction. The parties also agree on the Logistics Company to be utilized, who are part of the TRADE GATEWAYS Programme.


  • The Buyer/Importer applies to the issuing bank to open an electronic letter of credit subject to the latest version of eUCP rules.
  • The issuing bank issues an electronic letter of credit via the authenticated TRADE GATEWAYS Platform.
  • The beneficiary (exporter/seller) of the electronic letter of credit receives the authenticated copy via the TRADE GATEWAYS platform.
  • At the same time the buyer/importer confirms with the Logistics company, that an electronic bill of lading will be issued instead of a regular paper based bill of lading. This electronic bill of lading, along with all other relevant Trade Documentation, is issued on the TRADE GATEWAYS platform.
  • Exporter/Seller delivers goods to the logistics company.
  • Warehouse issues a warehouse warrant on the TRADEGATEWAYS Platform, which is a document issued in favour of the owner or depositor of goods by the warehouse keeper. It is a document of title of goods, and can be transferred by simple endorsement and delivery.
  • The warehouse warrant is digitally signed by the Warehouse.
  • Required Inspections take place.
  • All Trade Documents are Digitally/Securely signed by relevant parties.
  • The certification is Digitally signed by the certifier(s) where relevant.
  • All Digital signatures come from a specified email address provided to users under the TRADE GATEWAYS programme, so that the signatures can be authenticated in a number of ways. Such authentication includes recording and tracking the IP addresses.
  • Once all the authenticated Digital Signatures as above have been made by the relevant parties, confirmation is sent to all parties that the document has been digitally signed by all parties. These transferrable electronic trade documents, which have been securely digitally signed, would then serve as an alternative to traditional paper versions.
  • The beneficiary makes an electronic presentation for the issuing bank. The Electronic presentation contains electronic documents including digitally signed e-bill of lading/warehouse warrant.
  • Issuing bank checks the documents. If they are OK, it honors its Electronic letter of credit.
  • The transaction is concluded. Ownership is transferred to the Buyer.
  • The Issuing Bank sends the e-documents to the Buyer.