What Next for the Trade Documents Bill?

AIRED ON SEPTEMBER 13th, 12:00 – 14:30 BST, 07:00 – 09:30 EDT, 13:00 – 15:30 CET, 19:00 – 21:30 SGT

Partnered with UK Export Finance, Department for Business & Trade 

Sponsored by Sullivan, Lloyds Bank, ICC United Kingdom Centre for Digital Trade and Innovation and Technology (C4DTI), Wave BL, Enigio

Association Partners, ITFA, ICC United Kingdom, C4DTI, IOE&IT, DNI Initiative, BExA

TFG partnered with UK Export Finance and the Department for Business & Trade, following the enactment of the Electronic Trade Documents Bill. Now that the King has enacted the bill, the Electronic Trade Documents Act will become a part of UK and Common Law legislation on the 20 September 2023.

TFG held a half day live tradecast (webinar) with key stakeholders.

300+ viewers

Live Tradecast

2h 30m

Streamed on LinkedIn Live



  • Deepesh Patel, Editorial Director, Trade Finance Global

Session 1: An Introduction to the Electronic Trade Documents Act (ETDA)


  • Lord Chris Holmes, Peer, House of Lords
  • Ada Igboemeka, Deputy Director for Digital Trade, Department for Business & Trade
  • Chris Southworth, Secretary General, ICC United Kingdom
  • Luca Castellani, Legal Officer, Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
  • Geoffrey Wynne, Head of the Trade & Export Finance Group, Sullivan
  • Professor Sarah Green, Commissioner for Commercial and Common Law, Law Commission of England & Wales

Moderated by: Deepesh Patel, Trade Finance Global

Session 2: What are Financial Institutions (Bank and Non-Bank Lenders) Doing?


  • Andre Casterman, Board Member, ITFA
  • Jon Boran, Director, Trade Innovation and Solution Development, Lending & Working Capital, Lloyds Bank
  • Carl Williamson, Head of Trade Finance, UK Export Finance

Moderated by: Natasha Roston, Trade Finance Global

Session 3: Fireside Chat, ETDA Compatibility with Trade Rules


  • David Meynell, Digital Rules Advisor, ICC United Kingdom Centre for Digital Trade and Innovation and Technology (C4DTI)

Moderated by: Brian Canup, Trade Finance Global

Session 4: What’s Happening from a Shipping & Logistics Perspective?


  • Grant Hunter, Director for Standards, Innovation and Research, BIMCO
  • Dominique Willems, Head of Public Affairs & Government Relations, Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)
  • Boaz Lessem, General Counsel Head of Legal, WaveBL
  • Kevin Shakespeare, Director of Strategic Projects and International Development, IOE&IT

Moderated by: Natasha Roston, Trade Finance Global

Session 5: ‘Reliable’ Systems


  • Nick Davies, Director, ICC United Kingdom Centre for Digital Trade and Innovation and Technology (C4DTI)
  • Patrik Zekkar, CEO, Enigio
  • Sean Edwards, Chairman, ITFA
  • Miriam Goldby, Professor of Shipping, Insurance and Commercial Law and Director of Research at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University London

Moderated by: Jyodh Bilan, Trade Finance Global

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