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Updated on: Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 12:48 PM IST

ICICI Bank launches online platform ‘Trade Emerge’, for exporters, importers

The objective of this initiative is to increase the efficiency and productivity of exporters and importers decongesting the time-taking physical procedures.  / ICICI Bank |

The objective of this initiative is to increase the efficiency and productivity of exporters and importers decongesting the time-taking physical procedures. / ICICI Bank |

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ICICI Bank today announced the launch of an online platform, ‘Trade Emerge’ (https://trade-emerge.icicibank.com), to offer comprehensive digital banking as well as value-added services to exporters and importers across India.

The first-of-its-kind initiative makes cross border trade hassle-free, expeditious and convenient, as it offers an array of services in one place, which eliminates the need for companies to coordinate with multiple touchpoints, it said in a press release.

Vishakha Mulye, Executive Director, ICICI Bank said, “Over the years, India has emerged as a key player in the global export-import space with a consistent growth history. During April to October 2021, our overall exports (merchandise and services combined) and imports are estimated to be nearly $780 billion, recording a rapid growth over the same period last year)."

The objective of this initiative is to increase efficiency and productivity of exporters and importers decongesting the time-taking physical procedures. The benefit of this platform is available to all exporters and importers, even if they are not customers of ICICI Bank, Mulye said.

Key ‘value-added’ offerings are:

Incorporation services: It helps companies looking to set up an export-import business in India to obtain key registrations and licenses such as trade license, Importer Exporter Code (IEC), GST registration and Registration Cum Membership Certificate issued by export promotion organisations or Commodity Boards of India. This digital facility is provided in association with ‘India Filings’, an online business and tax compliance platform. It also helps traders to avail certain export benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy of the country.

Information services: Businesses in the export and import sector can access relevant information like updates/notifications/guidelines issued by domestic and international regulatory and trade bodies, customs processes and policies, tariff related information etc. on the ‘Trade Emerge’ platform. This information is provided in association with Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), the apex trade promotion council in India.

Access to global data base of partners from 181 countries: Through the ‘Market Intelligence’ section of the portal, exporters and importers get access to a global trade database of nearly 15 million buyers and sellers across 181 countries. It contains important data points such as transaction history, business performance etc. of the parties, which helps them select customers efficiently. The Bank is offering this service in association with ‘The Dollar Business’, a leading global export – import data and analytics platform.

Verify potential partners: After selecting a potential customer, they can also verify its credibility through business information reports provided by CRIF, a leading credit information company and Dun & Bradstreet, a leading global provider of business decisioning data and analytics.

End-to-end digital logistics solutions: Post finalisation of the partner, an exporter or importer can avail logistics support for shipment related needs. They get multiple shipment options at flexible prices on ‘Trade Emerge’ and option of booking freight space instantly as against the previous time-consuming practice of contacting multiple agencies. The platform also enables last mile tracking for the users thereby making the entire process seamless and cost-effective. This digital logistics support is provided in association with Shipsy and Shipwaves, AI powered logistics management platforms.

Insurance services: The portal enables exporters and importers to avail various insurance policies to protect their business, which are provided in association with ICICI Lombard, a leading general insurance provider in India. This includes insurances like ‘Marine Transit’ insurance to safeguard their shipment, group health insurance to offer health coverage to their employees, ‘Workmen’s Compensation’ insurance and property insurance.

The Bank will continue to add more value-added services on the platform.

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Published on: Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 12:48 PM IST
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