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BHP, Baowu Steel Conduct First Blockchain Iron Ore Deal
Liao Shumin
DATE:  Jun 29 2020
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
BHP, Baowu Steel Conduct First Blockchain Iron Ore Deal BHP, Baowu Steel Conduct First Blockchain Iron Ore Deal

(Yicai Global) June 29 -- Australia’s BHP Group and China Baowu Steel Group have carried out the first iron ore deal using blockchain technology.

The blockchain-enabled transaction between the world’s largest mining company and China’s biggest steelmaker was worth USD14 million, The Paper reported today. The ore will be delivered this month.

MineHub, a Canadian tech company, provided technical support and services for the transaction, which covered a series of processes including contract clause execution, payment notification, digital file exchange, and real-time cargo visibility (quantity, quality, and location.)

BHP said that the risk of over-reliance on paper documents in commodity trading has been heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic. That is making it difficult for shipping agencies and banks to ensure that documents such as freight papers are delivered to customers and their banks in a timely manner when offices were closed or downsizing their operations.

 

In April, BHP and Baowu Steel also completed the first cross-border Chinese yuan settlement for imported iron ore, amounting to nearly CNY100 million (USD14.1 million).

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Keywords:   BHP,China Baowu Steel Group,Blockchain