22. April 2020Keine Kommentare

Paperless Trade – Now!

Facing the COVID-19 pandemic and its broad effects on almost everyone's work and workplace, we are all confronted with a new need for flexibility and rethinking. The majority of employees in the trade business are currently working from home, which means that many processes needed amendment. In most cases, that means, that IT-departments were working on providing digital solutions for communication and managed intersections to all those new home offices. But when it comes to trade financing, things become more complex, and legal barriers prohibit full digitization of the process.
Until now, only a few countries allow the usage of electronic trade documents. The vast majority still requires hard-copy trade documents to be sent to the banks, where they need to be checked by their staff. Although international trade rules have already implied such clauses for electronic documents, many countries missed to include them into national law so far. Especially in these times, digitization of document processing is more urgent than ever before.
Also the ICC acknowledged the urge and published the "ICC memo to governments and central banks on essential steps to safeguard trade finance operations" to strongly appeal for an internationally accepted use of electronic trade documentation. The gap that exists between international regulations and most national legislations needs to be closed to reach international allowance. As we have faced so many changes in our working environment in the past few weeks, we get to experience that quick reactions towards digital processes are possible. Companies and employees managed to enable work from home, and now it is time for governments to follow.
Since Germany already included a clause for electronic bills of lading a few years ago, HAPTIK is preparing a platform to provide legally conform electronic B/Ls. The German Commercial Code requires functional equivalence to paper-based B/Ls, which will be implemented by a constant attendance of our lawyers throughout the software development. Compliant programming, i.e. the legally compliant programming of software, can only succeed if the software developers are fully informed about the legal implications. Our decentral approach will lead to further trust since there is no single point of failure, and no data will leak to external parties.
Besides all the terrible influences that this pandemic has, we might take some of the struggles and turn it into something useful. Being forced to digitize a running business within only a few days or weeks has been a challenge for many companies. But while we all (slowly) start to get used to it, we can begin to see the advantages and think of which we can keep beyond the quarantine. A digitized bill of lading process saves time, money and environmental resources. Now is the time to leave hard-copy trade documents behind and switch to digital processes. If you are interested in HAPTIK and require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on LinkedIn or via E-Mail.

14. Januar 2020Keine Kommentare

Digitization: Future Maritime Law

Thomas Janicki prepared a detailed review of our conference „Digitization: Future Maritime Law“ in Hamburg, which is now covered in the latest RdTW (p.458). Make sure to have a look!

27. November 2019Keine Kommentare

Trilogy on Blockchain, Sustainable Development and Privacy

Yesterday, David Saive spoke at the "Trilogy on Blockchain, Sustainable Development and Privacy" conference in Berlin. He shared his ideas about responsibility in permissioned blockchains in terms of data protection.


21. Oktober 2019Keine Kommentare

Digitization: Future Maritime Law

We are still amazed by how our conference "Digitization: Future Maritime Law" has striked a chord. It was our very first time to not only participate in such an event, but take over the organization next to the Universität Hamburg. To then see a fully occupied room, hear interesting discussions and finally receive such a great feedback, has by far been more than we expected.

Thank you to everyone that came along and especially to our speakers that shared their expertise. Get ready for another edition next year, because so are we!

21. Oktober 2019Keine Kommentare

elERA Version 2.0


Take a look into the latest RIW (10/2019) to learn about the new elERA Version 2.0 and if it may lead to an entirely #paperless process of export financing. The article was edited by our team members David Saive and Jule Stabel.

21. Oktober 2019Keine Kommentare

20. Herbstakademie

Last month we had the opportunity to take part in the 20. Herbstakademie in Bremen. After a great opening in the townhall of Bremen, moderated by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Taeger, Prof. Dr. Dieter Dörr and state council Henning Lühr, we started off into three days of scientific exchange and sharing ideas on #digitization, #databreach, #IoT, #GDPR etc. On Friday our team member Thomas Janicki has been the first one to go and pointed out the interrelation of #digitization and #demographicchange in means of #dataprotection. Later Hauke Precht and David Saive illustrated the role of jurists in the #scrumprocess.

9. August 2019Keine Kommentare

MCN Workshop

Looking back at our very first #haptik Workshop, which has been a thorough success! All insights we could gain, input we could give and new contacts we could establish made this day very special. Thanks to all participants and especially to the Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland e. V., who helped us organize this event.

25. Juni 2019Keine Kommentare

ICC Germany

We can proudly announce that #haptik is mentioned in the latest ICC Germany e.V. magazine. Tim Schommer properly describes the challenge of digitizing documents of trade, taking into account legal compliance under german law. #paperless#tokenbl


ICC Germany-Magazin 8, p. 30-33

3. Juni 2019Comments are off for this post.

Privacy by Design

The ZD just published this article about Privacy by Design in #blockchain networks written by our team members Thomas Janicki and David Saive containing essential perceptions for our #tokenbl!
#paperless #haptik