Korea Customs to test Blockchain for Imports and Exports

The Korea Customs Service (KSC) tests a blockchain-based system to verify data and shipments during imports and exports with over 50 firms inside the country
17 May 2018   472

Korea Times reported that the KCS is constructing a customs data platform based by blockchain technology for boosting enhance the efficiency of a customs-clearing process that has long-leaned on paper and is inefficient due to human error. 

The real-world test will examine if a distributed blockchain ledger rises precision and clarity in issuing Certificates of Origin, a crucial international trade document that confirms that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly aquired, produced, manufactured or processed in a certain country. The certificate also includes details of the product, its purpose and the country of export and can also be used as a entry  by the exporter.

The customs official has already enlisted 5 working groups and 50 firms domestically on the exporting side and five working groups and 10 companies placed in Vietnam and Singapore for imports, for testing the system. The KCS claimed if the test is successful, they will apply the technology to other services. 

The events come at a time when a consortium of logistics firms, government officials including the KCS and shipping operators in Korea completed an efficient 7-month blockchain logistic pilot of real-world imports and exports.

SEC to Cease Simex Securitites Trading

As reported, under the federal securities laws the SEC can suspend trading in a stock for 10 days
23 October 2018   41

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended trading in securities of the American Retail Group (OTC: ARGB), also known as Simex, Inc. This is reported on the website of the agency.

According to representatives of the regulator, the decision was caused by false statements by the company about partnership with a “qualified and approved custodian”. The company also conducted an ICO, which allegedly "officially registered in accordance with the requirements of the SEC."

The SEC does not endorse or qualify custodians for cryptocurrency, and investors should use vigilance when considering an investment in an initial coin offering.
 

Robert A. Cohen

Chief, SEC Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit

As reported, the SEC can suspend trading in a stock for 10 days and generally prohibit a broker-dealer from soliciting investors to buy or sell the stock again until certain reporting requirements are met.

Also earlier this month, the American regulator recommended investors to "be vigilant when considering the possibility of investing in the ICO."