October 27, 2021

Kofax Launches Global Trade Finance Solution

Kofax Launches Global Trade Finance Solution – Digitally Transforming High Volume, Complex Document Processing

By: Digital CFO Asia

Date: 24 June 2020


Kofax, a leading supplier of Robotics Process Automation (RPA) software for digital finance workflow transformation, announced a new Trade Finance Solution. This low-code, configurable framework built on the Kofax Intelligent Automation platform accelerates end-to-end automation of trade finance workflows. The solution automates the processing of paper and electronic trade transaction documents – enabling banks and other financial institutions to improve efficiency, enhance compliance and reduce processing times.

“Intelligent automation and digital transformation are critical in the trade finance industry, especially now. Trade finance professionals need to streamline efficiencies to stay compliant while improving accuracy.”

Kurt Albertson, Principle, The Hackett Group

Trade finance is a time-consuming, document-intensive process. Settling one letter of credit can often require the processing and adjudication of 50 or more documents from multiple parties and days of adjudicating the inevitable inconsistencies. Expensive, labor intensive manual processing severely limits capacity and scalability, as well as exposing firms to potentially significant penalties for non-compliance.

Automating these processes is complex due to the volume of documents per transaction, myriad entities involved and many disparate systems used. Lacking global standardization, less than 25 percent of banks currently use automated processes.

“Banks and other entities handling global trade finance each use varying processes to protect buyers and sellers and ensure trades are compliant. Kofax’s modular framework allows these entities to decide what their needs are, and easily create custom processes and workflows. The end result reduces the expense of conducting trade business by applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate the process throughout the workflow, resulting in greatly improved efficiencies.”

Chriss Huff, Shief Strategy Officer, Kofax

Kofax has built custom trade finance solutions for three of world’s largest banks and trade finance service providers, materially reducing expenses through more efficient and optimized processes. The new Trade Finance Solution Framework significantly improves time-to-value by including pre-trained trade documents, pre-defined Swift MT700 validation rules and operational dashboards for end-to-end process insight.