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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About the Author

Elcyn Domingo is responsible for the TFG Weekly Trade Briefings at Trade Finance Global.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Technology and is passionate about how SMEs can use new technologies to overcome challenges for business growth, with regard to both digital and sustainable models for trade.

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