Where Credit Is Due
The issuing and use of letters of credit are about to get a whole lot easier as LC lite has announced on February 11, 2019, that they will be launching a platform that makes use of blockchain technology to streamline the process. This new platform will be done in conjunction with the founders of Incomelend, an income financing firm.
There is a huge market for this as the transactions conducted with letters of credit are over $2.3 trillion annually. This platform is designed to “improve cash flow for trade parties and enhance security by reducing fraud and default payments.”
Incomelend, on their part, is used to working with large sums as their current processing volume is $240 million per year and this figure is expected to surpass $1 billion in the next three years.
Improving the Industry
Letters of credit are a very important part of global trade as they help to facilitate the business between importers and exporters. However, LC lite estimates that up to 80 percent of letters of credit contain some form of discrepancies. By adopting a blockchain process, the human error margin is practically eliminated.
The platform intends to do this by introducing the ‘LC Lite Token’ which will serve as the means of exchange on the platform and also makes the LC contract a tradable asset. However, LC lite’s ambitions extend beyond merely creating a platform for letters of credit as they hope to displace interbank Institutions for international trade.