Revolutionising Global Trade

Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP) is a digital, collaborative infrastructure that enables data sharing between different partners in the global trade supply chain.

The Consortium

Impartial Governance

The neutrality of TLIP is secured by a consortium, aiming to develop relevant governance structures involving impartial international organisations and guided by the goals of public good.

Unlocking Potential

Open-Source Collaboration

Governments and businesses around the globe can adapt and build on TLIP's open-source functionality according to their specific needs and cross-border processes.

Empowering All

Low Fees and Inclusivity

TLIP is powered by IOTA's distributed ledger technology and built with commitment to the public good, ensuring low-fee transactions and making it accessible to all.


The Consortium

The TLIP platform was developed by TradeMark Africa in partnership with the IOTA Foundation, drawing from experiences implementing TLIP in Kenya and the United Kingdom. Realising a global consortium is needed to ensure widespread adoption, global leading organisations are planning to sign a Collaboration Agreement to collaborate and build out the TLIP infrastructure and governance framework.

The TLIP Partners

Trademark Africa

Trademark Africa

IOTA Foundation

IOTA Foundation

Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Institute of Export and International Trade

Institute of Export and International Trade

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum

What is TLIP?

Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (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.

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What Is TLIP?


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

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How Does TLIP Work?


How Does TLIP Work - Infrastructure

Data Sharing

How Does TLIP Work - Data Sharing


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.

UK Ecosystem of Trust

UK Ecosystem of Trust

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

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.

Our Government and Commercial Partners and Donors

Any questions?

New to TLIP and full of questions?

TLIP in Africa