C4DTI Digital Trade Conference and Awards

17 Apr 2025

London English
Start (Virtual day): 10:00 BST | 11:00 CET || End: 15:00 BST | 16:00 CET

The Digital Trade Conference (DTC) is the annual, international, flagship event for ICC Centre for Digital Trade and Innovation (C4DTI). We will be focusing on the practical benefits of digitalising the trade ecosystem and discussing the “HOW” & with “WHAT RESULT”.

Tickets for the conference and awards ceremony must be bought separately.

The digitalisation of the trade ecosystem offers business a real opportunity to radically improve efficiency, profitability and productivity whilst unlocking innovation and growth. This includes the possibility to now integrate trade data, previously buried on pieces of paper, with sustainability data to improve the quality of ESG reporting.

The current trading system is antiquated, costly and inefficient with 4 billion pieces of paper flowing through the trade ecosystem at any given time, and up to 40 documents in a single trade transaction.

Despite all the investment into customs digitalisation, this has not delivered a paperless trading system with only 1-2% of trade documents handled in digital form worldwide. However, trade digitalisation is happening and the recent Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023 has been a huge game changer, removing the requirement to handle documents of title in paper form for every company using English law worldwide.

The prize is vast; $9 trillion in trade growth across the G7 and $2 trillion across The Commonwealth, plus $750 billion in additional trade finance and an 80% cut in trade transaction costs. Interoperability of platforms, processes, and systems is the solution to reaching scale and realising these economic benefits.

The future will be very different and fully digital. Trade digitalisation will help us make trade cheaper, faster, simpler and more sustainable especially for SMEs and supply chains who feel the burden of paper and bureaucracy the most. 

The UK is leading the world in this space as a global champion on trade digitalisation at G7, G20, WTO and through the UK border strategy, single trade window, FTAs/DEAs.


By attending, you will learn the following:

-        Insights and lessons learnt from the ICC C4DTI “Trade Digitalisation in Action – The Business Case” report highlighting results of programme

-        Practical guidance on how to digitalise your trade transactions

-        Benefits realisation – how to achieve a competitive advantage, cost savings and efficiency gains

-        Find out how to take your first steps in digitalising trade transactions

-        Discuss the implementation of digital trade transactions with leading industry experts

-        Movers and shakers of the industry – who to work with 

(Local time zone) British Standard Time 

Day 1 (Virtual)

10:00 – 11:00

Webinar 1: How do we start revolutionising the existing global digital trade ecosystem?

 14:00 – 15:00

Webinar 2: How can SMEs digitalise their trade processes?

Day 2 (In-person)


Market Infrastructure and collaboration


Interview: What’s wrong with the current system and why does it need fixing?


Panel Discussion: The business case for digitalisation – a corporate perspective


Panel Discussion: Working towards interoperability – enabling digitalization throughout the supply chain


Panel Discussion: How can the digitalisation of trade enable a more transparent and sustainable supply chain?


Corporate case study interview


Breakout 1: The financial benefits of digitalising global supply chains – CFO roundtable (invite only)


Breakout 2: How to engage executive leadership in trade digitalisation?


Breakout 3: Is data sharing and privacy really an issue in trade digitalisation?


Plenary Session


Roundup and takeaways


Networking drinks

Awards ceremony


Drinks reception







David Dixon

Made Smarter Project Lead, Teeside University

Max Hacon

Programme Director, HM Revenue and Customs

Grant Hunter

Director for Standards, Innovation and Research, BIMCO

Geraldine Iraheta

Chief Commercial Officer, Digital Catapult

Pamela Mar

Managing Director, ICC Digital Standards Initiative

Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Minister of State

Dates & Venues

Day 1 – online

Day 2 – Deloitte, 1 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3HQ

Awards Ceremony – Great Hall, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn, London, WC3A 3TL

Working languages English
Cancellation policy

We are more than happy to accept name changes to your guest list but once the booking form has been returned no refunds will be given.

In the circumstances where the 2024 C4DTI Digital Trade Awards are postponed or cancelled all bookings will either be carried forward to a future Awards event or refunds will be offered.

We shall not be liable to you for travel, accommodation, or other costs if we are required to cancel the Event as a result of an event outside our control (including, without limitation, to acts of God, floods, lightning, storm, fire, explosion, war, military operations, acts of terrorism or threats of any such acts, any strike action, lock-outs or other industrial action and a pandemic, epidemic or other widespread illness)

For more information, please contact

Valeria Minisini

Digital Marketing & Communications Manager

+44 7432226581


Nicky Cox

Events Manager

+44 7398813752


Natalie Milsom

Commercial Director

+44 7432226603