As part of its blockchain pilot program, Saudi Customs, with its IT partner, Tabadul, oversaw the integration of FASAH with TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled global shipping solution jointly developed by Maersk and IBM.

FASAH is Saudi Arabia’s national platform which connects all government and private entities involved in cross border trade.‬ Saudi Customs is the governmental authority responsible for facilitating the safe and efficient import and export of trade goods and associated services via land, sea and air. The pilot aimed to link FASAH with TradeLens for selected services to ensure immutability, traceability, reduced reconciliation, auditability, and compliance.

“The pilot comes in line with our strategy that aims to facilitate trade and enhance security levels, while working to establish the kingdom as one of the world’s premier logistics hubs” said H.E Mr. Ahmed Alhakbani, Governor of Saudi Customs.‪

The launch is part of ongoing trials and forms part of the Authority’s commitment to achieving the ambitious goals set out in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which is aimed at diversifying the Kingdom’s economy, attracting international investments, and driving overall growth through the adoption and implementation of ground-breaking technologies and innovative practices.‬

In doing so, Saudi Customs says it has been able to develop a new roadmap that takes a pioneering approach to accelerating change across its operations through the adoption of new technologies that simplify and automate customs procedures and deliver world-class services to clients. Through its adoption of blockchain, Saudi Customs aims to be the first in the region that is able to provide remarkable customs services that will see the Kingdom become a global logistics hub.

“The recent pilot to link FASAH to the TradeLens platform clearly illustrates that we are on the right track,” added the Governor of Saudi Customs. ‪

‪A key player on the Saudi trade and logistics landscape, Saudi Customs is testing the use of blockchain to create a real solution for a fragmented peer-to-peer business ecosystem in solving difficult problems such as platform challenge (Current generation of technology is not scalable, complete or mature), business challenge (group of ecosystem participants and competitors must agree to cooperate), data interoperability (Need to clearly agree on structure and format of complex data), solution construction (the need to build, test and deploy a large complex system).

By being an early adopter to the blockchain, Saudi Customs is committed to educate, experiment and extend to the broader ecosystem by setting realistic expectations, experimenting, understanding the decentralized nature of this technology and preparing to migrate away from the traditional platform technology.‬

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