Mercore, together with Tradeable, complete their first digital bill of exchange transaction in Africa supporting trade between Kenya and Belgium

London, UK, 7 May 2024 –
Mercore, the global trade-focused fintech group, in collaboration with Tradeable House Africa, today announced that it has completed a receivables purchase transaction backed by digital bills of exchange. The finance facility will support a Kenyan producer of organic pesticides growing its sales into Belgium and the wider European Union.

The deal is Mercore’s first digital negotiable instrument-backed facility to execute in Africa, and there are several more in the pipeline working together with Tradeable as its strategic partner in the region.

"This transaction by
Mercore,on top of similar deals executed last year, shows them to be not only one of the boldest pioneers of digitalisation in trade finance but also demonstrates the relevance, scalability and repeatability of structures using digital negotiable instruments based on ITFA standards." - Sean Edwards, Chair of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association

"Mercore has been at the forefront of these innovations and has fully embraced the possibilities of the new legal landscape. This latest achievement shows just how well set they are for future developments." -
Sarah Green, Law Commissioner for England & Wales


Mercore completes the UK’s first ‘digital Bill of Exchange’ transaction

London, UK, 20 February 2023
Mercore, the global trade focused fintech group, today announced that it has executed a trade finance transaction utilising an electronic payment undertaking (ePU) structure (in digital bill of exchange format) working with one of its SME clients, Abercore, a UK based sugar trader and advisory firm.

This pilot transaction by Mercore was for an amount of circa €118k and is the first in a series of ‘digital bills of exchange’ transactions with greater size and frequency. The underlying transaction involved the sourcing of sugar by Abercore from Pantaleon in Nicaragua for onward supply to a UK based food manufacturer.

Mercore completed the financing leveraging the International Trade & Forfaiting Association’s (ITFA) Digital Negotiable Instruments (DNI) Initiative’s digital bill of exchange text and dDOC specification, together with execution via trace:original (Enigio´s solution for digital original documents).

"This is a ground breaking development and the beginning of what will become the norm for trade transactions in the future" - Chris Southworth, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (United Kingdom)

"The use of the ITFA ePU by Mercore and their client, Abercore, demonstrates the scalability and commercial value of digital negotiable instruments" -
Sean Edwards, Chair of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association