Trade Digitalisation

Trade Digitalisation

Driving seamless connectivity for cross-border trade with digital solutions

Trade Digitalisation

Driving seamless connectivity for cross-border trade with digital solutions

At a glance

At DBS, we co-create digital solutions with you to take the friction out of managing your cross-border trade and supply chain.

We do this by leveraging a number of our award-winning digital solutions, including DBS RAPID which integrates digital banking and data services into your business platforms via APIs, and through our strategic partnerships with trade financing, eCommerce and procurement platforms providing blockchain-based ecosystems solutions.

All of our core digital trade solutions are fully integrated and interoperable with our award-winning online banking platform – DBS IDEAL.


DBS RAPID is a digital solution that leverages DBS’ application programming interface capabilities. RAPID facilitates business transactions within your ecosystem by integrating real-time processing of trade transactions and information enquiries into your business workflows.

Types of Trade APIs​

With the world’s largest corporate API catalogue of over 200 highly modular APIs we can mix and match multiple APIs to give you a competitive edge across the customer trade journeys in your industry. Some examples include:

  • Purchase invoice financing
  • Sales invoice financing
  • Direct export collection
  • Import letter of collection
  • Import bills under letter of credit
  • Import bill collection
  • Banker’s guarantee
  • Supplier payment services
  • Distributor finance
Strategic partnerships

We form strategic partnerships with key trade platforms and industry-wide ecosystems as well as leverage our platform agnostics APIs, to dematerialise trade processes, drive sustainability and expand new trade horizons for our clients. 

Digital Trade Platforms (DTP)

DBS has partnered with a number of DTPs to provide e-Application, e-Advising and e-Presentation services across the end to end LC process, from LC Issuance, LC Advising and Export Document Presentment.  This eliminates complex paper processes and enhances transparency. Key DTPs we are currently working with, include:

  • Bolero
  • ELCY
  • ICE Digital Trade (formerly essDOC)

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SWIFT Trade for Corporates

DBS is SWIFT Trade for Corporates ready, providing full MT798 multibank trade services to corporates to streamline their trade flows and messaging.

Key products supported include import and export letters of credit, guarantees and standby letters of credit.

Case studies

Our client casebook features several recent trade digitalisation programmes undertaken with our valued customers and explains how our distinctive digital capabilities have transformed their businesses.

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Learn how our clients have opted for API and blockchain solutions as the most effective way to digitalise their operations and drive sustainability. See how using our digital solutions leads to:

  • greater efficiency
  • increased trace-ability
  • mitigated risks
  • enhanced working capital

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Client stories

Driving sustainability through the blockchain

“We are able to provide our customers and bankers with an unparalleled level of traceability in the supply chain.”


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Digitalising trade and driving sustainability

“DBS’ successful digital strategy fits our digitisation strategy to make a difference in the natural rubber industry.”


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Enhancing transparency in the supply chain

“The blockchain solution enables participants to improve efficiency and deliver innovative supply chain financing services.”


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Improving cashflow through ARP

“DBS managed to implement it in just 30 days. It has significantly improved the DSO in our last quarter.”


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Get in touch


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