Trade and Logistics Information Pipeline

Creating paperless trade through a trusted infrastructure that enables secure and efficient cross-border collaboration between multiple parties.

Our Donors and Government Partners

Our Commercial Partners

What is TLIP?

TLIP is a collaborative infrastructure, where all actors can share data and documents. Used by both border agencies and commercial actors, each party has full control of its own data, and all data is available directly from the source.

Quick, Seamless and Digitised Document Sharing with Border Agencies

For traders

Quick, Seamless and Digitised Document Sharing with Border Agencies

TLIP provides transparency to governments and trading partners with real-time updates on consignments.

A Global Public Infrastructure Inclusive for All

For governments

A Global Public Infrastructure Inclusive for All

TLIP is a revolutionary distributed ledger technology solution that brings together the public and private sector to facilitate paperless international trade.

Cargo Visibility and Optimised Planning

For Transporters

Cargo Visibility and Optimised Planning

TLIP works with multiple governments and businesses to establish a data infrastructure for the secure and trusted sharing of information in cross-border trade.

International Partner to the Port Community System

For ports

International Partner to the Port Community System

Digital versions of certificates of origin, phytosanitary certificates, export certificates, inspection reports and more are made available to destination customs and traders.


Global trade today has a problem. Paper based trade documentation required for cross border exchange is slow, error prone and expensive.

$500 Bn

the annual cost of paper based documentation


the number of information exchanges required for a shipment from Kenya to the Netherlands


the value of a shipment delayed due to lost documents

How Does TLIP Work?


Data is not stored or controlled centrally.


State-of-the-art security encryption avoids hacking by unauthorised parties.

Upgrades Legacy IT

Plugs into existing systems and facilitate expansion through open APIs.

Data at the Source

Keeps data local and traceable to source.

Data Owners Control Access

Gives data producers control over who can access their data, thus guaranteeing privacy and confidentiality.


Immutable transparency and auditability through distributed ledger technology.

TLIP in Action

TLIP Dashboard Video

Interoperable. No vendor-lock in. Working with legacy systems.

Flowers from Kenya to Holland

The benefits of TLIP are demonstrated by a shipment of flowers from Nairobi, Kenya, to Royal FloraHolland in the Netherlands.

Who are We?


by TradeMark Africa and IOTA Foundation together with strategic partners from the public and private sector in East Africa.


by government agencies with technical oversight from a Technical Working Group, representing both public and private entities.


through the generous support of development agencies.

TLIP in everyday life

UK Ecosystem of Trust

TLIP has been selected by the UK Cabinet Office's Border Innovation Hub to pilot the infrastructure for trade routes between UK, Africa and the EU.

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Example of a Trade Route Between the UK and the EU

The pilot is co-managed with the UK Institute of Export & International Trade and implemented with a range of traders, air and ocean transporters, ports and technology companies.

What are the Benefits?

Time and Cost Saving

Reduced time and costs involved in moving goods between East Africa and destination markets.

Exports Competitiveness

Improve the competitiveness of the East African Community in globally-exported comodities.

Government Collaboration

Increased collaboration between government and business through information exchange on a trusted infrastructure.


Availability of reliable advance information for all actors.

Goods Visibility

Increased visibility of goods in transit - location and border procedures.

Data Accuracy

Digitisation eliminates the need for repetitive entry of data sets making it possible to reuse data from source.

Any questions?

New to TLIP and full of questions?

TLIP in Africa