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Communicating Verified Traceability to Strengthen Brand Identity

SunMoon Food Company Limited is a consumer-focused distributor and marketer of branded high-quality fruits, vegetables and products.

SunMoon collaborates with a global network of suppliers to provide creative, natural, sustainable, and nutrient-dense foods for today’s health-conscious customers. They have implemented improved global procurement strategies, and manage a carefully controlled certified supplier program. Fruits from certified plantations are selected according to the ‘SunMoon Quality Assurance’ standard.

Building Consumer Trust

With a promise to provide the best quality fruit from around the world, SunMoon wanted to find a way to verify and convey their quality assurance standards to their consumers.

DiMuto’s AgriFood Trade Solutions provided a cost-effective way to communicate supply chain traceability information in an engaging way. In particular, SunMoon Indonesia utilised DiMuto’s SMART Marketing feature to share traceability information on their Fuji Apples and run campaigns that engaged SunMoon Indonesia’s end consumers.

The Asian Consumer Perspective: Growing Demand for Safe & Traceable Foods

More than 40% of Asian consumers care about where their food comes from and regularly source-check, according to a survey done by PwC, Rabobank, and Temasek. Furthermore, 51% of Indonesian consumers regularly check the source of their foods, according to the Asia Food Challenge

Consumers across Asia are demanding stronger reassurance that food is safe and are loyal to trusted brands. Some consumers are also willing to pay a “trust” premium for these food brands. Thus, there is growing pressure on food brands to be able to leverage technology for safe and traceable food solutions in order to build trust and credibility with consumers.

Utilising DiMuto SMART Marketing

DiMuto SMART Marketing gives marketing teams the ability to seamlessly communicate traceability data that has been recorded by their operational team and display it to their consumers in the form of a Product Passport.

The Product Passport is able to showcase selected Product Certificates that have been uploaded on the blockchain, as well as critical supply chain stages such as Farming, Packing, Shipping and Receiving stages. This helps produce brands to showcase product provenance and build consumer trust.

With DiMuto SMART Marketing, SunMoon can meaningfully execute brand marketing campaigns, host promotions and lucky draws, and collect product-specific feedback from their end consumers.

Consumer feedback helps SunMoon to better understand their customers and improve their products. This valuable information is crucial in allowing SunMoon to close the loop, ensuring that they deliver the high product quality they promise to.

Introducing DiMuto’s Solutions

Secure Blockchain for Food Traceability

The DiMuto Platform automatically records each transaction onto the blockchain. Trade Information recorded by different SunMoon departments are secured with a blockchain hash to ensure transparency and immutability.

Read more of our Real-Life Case Study about How Farm to Table SMART Marketing Enhances The Brand Identity of a Fresh Produce Company in Indonesia here:

If you are interested to learn more about how DiMuto helps Agri-Food businesses leverage on blockchain traceability to create consumer engagement, please reach us here or drop us an email at sales@dimuto.io. 

DiMuto Launches B2B Marketplace to Connect Traceable AgriFood Suppliers and Buyers

Singapore, 12 July 2022 – DiMuto, a global AgriFood Trade Solutions company, announced today the launch of its B2B e-commerce marketplace that connects traceable AgriFood suppliers, growers and exporters to importers, wholesalers, and retailers. The multi-vendor marketplace creates a convenient, one-stop destination for the sale and procurement of AgriFood products.

The current AgriFood perishables industry is historically unorganized with an inefficient matching of demand to supply. DiMuto Marketplace enables AgriFood players to easily tap into a global commerce ecosystem of fresh and frozen fresh produce, livestock, meat and seafood products, regardless of their geographical location, and complete the ordering process digitally.

Once a buyer and seller links up and an order is placed on the DiMuto Marketplace, the trade is then tracked directly on DiMuto’s Trade Management Platform, where every carton of product is digitized, tracked, and unified with critical trade documents and payment information. This seamless connection between creating the sales and managing the order removes the organizational silos between buyers and sellers, as well as internally within the sales, procurement, shipping and finance departments.

Every action taken to move the trade towards completion will be seamlessly tracked and viewable via a Trade Timeline, so suppliers are able to effectively share necessary information to buyers such as bills of lading, certificates of origin, phytosanitary certificates and more. Buyers are also given a peace of mind when they can see product quality right from the farm and packhouse that is verified by DiMuto’s AI-powered Product Quality Score, while being able to share timely data on product arrival quality with a complementary Goods Receiver App.

In addition, companies can now know real, quantified metrics when it comes to the sustainability of their supply chain, down to the individual farmers that grew the food, and water and carbon footprint and view key metrices on the DiMuto Sustainability Dashboard.

“The DiMuto Marketplace is an exciting value proposition because it not only saves valuable resources on prospecting, it also allows companies to really measure and ensure the sustainability of their food supply chains by connecting to our Trade Management Solutions. We believe that with the ecosystem it brings to the table, the marketplace tool will certainly add tremendous value to our customers and the industry and pave the way to a future of digital AgriFood trade,” said Julie Escobar, Chief Commercial Officer of DiMuto.

The launch of DiMuto Marketplace is  one of the three engines behind the Agri-Fintech company’s vision to power global AgriFood trade with visibility and finance.  The company aims to scale its Marketplace, Trade Management and Financial Services pillars to grow and power its AgriFood Trade ecosystem of traceable and sustainable growers-exports, traders and retailers in the coming months.

“We are pleased to launch the DiMuto Marketplace. The Marketplace allows DiMuto to capture the trade, and connect it to our Trade Management Solutions that make these trades visible, which can then be financed through our Financial Services. With these three gears removing all the friction in global trade, DiMuto truly powers the AgriFood Trade with visibility and finance,” said Gary Loh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DiMuto.  

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About DiMuto

DiMuto provides AgriFood companies with data they can see and trust, down to every single product of every trade, where they can easily see all that is happening for every trade transaction in an organized manner, on one single platform.

DiMuto simplifies every step of global trade – from produce, trade to market, DiMuto provide sales, marketing, operations, financing and insurance tools so businesses can trade better.

Equipped with a data-backed growth roadmap, companies can now navigate the complex global trade landscape with ease and focus on what matters – growing a thriving international business.

With Visible Trade, DiMuto powers companies and the world forward with confidence.

Since 2019, DiMuto has successfully tracked and traced over millions of pieces in produce and millions in dollars of trade value on our platform, working with a global portfolio of clients in over ten countries and five continents. DiMuto is founded by Chief Executive Officer Mr Gary Loh, who is also the Executive Chairman of First Alverstone Group. For more information, please visit www.dimuto.io.

DiMuto Welcomes Patrick Vizzone to its Board of Directors

[PRESS RELEASE]

DiMuto, a global AgriFood Trade Solutions company, announced the appointment of Patrick Vizzone to its Board of Directors.

Patrick Vizzone brings over three decades of corporate and investment banking experience in food, agribusiness, and Asian markets. He is currently the managing director and head of Agri-Food for the Asia-Pacific alternatives group at Franklin Templeton. Previously, he was the international head of Food, Beverage & Agribusiness and Head of Hong Kong Coverage at the ANZ Banking Group. Prior to that, he was Asian head of institutional banking and head of food and agribusiness at National Australia Bank. Patrick has also served for over a decade as an Independent Non-Executive Director of China Agri-Industries, the Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of China’s COFCO Group, In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Fresh Produce Association, where he sits on the Executive Committee as Secretary-Treasurer.

Gary Loh, Founder, and CEO of DiMuto commented, “We are pleased to welcome Patrick to the DiMuto Board. Patrick’s wealth of knowledge and experience in the Agribusiness and banking industry, particularly in Asia, will enhance DiMuto’s board and help shape the company’s future. We look forward to having his valuable perspective on our board.”

“I am delighted to join DiMuto’s Board of Directors. I believe there are significant opportunities to create value, and I am eager to collaborate with the team and my fellow Directors to guide the company’s strategy for long-term success,” said Patrick Vizzone, Board Member of DiMuto.

Patrick Vizzone joins existing board members including Gary Loh, Claire Pribula, Managing Director of The Yield Lab Asia Pacific, and Ryan Gwee, Managing Director of Asia Capital Pioneers Group and Chairman of Aleta Planet. 

Patrick Vizzone, Board Member of DiMuto

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About DiMuto

DiMuto provides agrifood companies with data they can see and trust, down to every single product of every trade, where they can easily see all that is happening for every trade transaction in an organized manner, on one single platform.

DiMuto simplifies every step of global trade – from produce, trade to market, DiMuto provides sales, marketing, operations, financing, and insurance tools so businesses can trade better.

Equipped with a data-backed growth roadmap, companies can now navigate the complex global trade landscape with ease and focus on what matters – growing a thriving international business.

With Visible Trade, DiMuto powers companies and the world forward with confidence.

Since 2019, DiMuto has successfully tracked and traced over millions of pieces in produce and millions in dollars of trade value on our platform, working with a global portfolio of clients in over ten countries and five continents. DiMuto is founded by Chief Executive Officer Mr Gary Loh, who is also the Executive Chairman of First Alverstone Group. For more information, please visit www.dimuto.io.

Are Smallholder Farmers Key to Agriculture Sustainability?

The need for investments in sustainable food systems is highly critical. With the world’s population estimated to rise to 9.8 billion by 2050, there will be greater stress on our current food systems. Additionally, the impacts of climate change bring additional threats to agriculture. A warming climate could cut crop yields by more than 25 percent, while the extreme weather events associated with climate change can have devastating effects on farmers, their land, and crop.

Who are the smallholder farmers?

Smallholder farmers are individuals who grow commercial crops or livestock on less than 2 hectares of arable land. Smallholder farmers can also have numerous landholdings in different nations, but their overall landholdings must be under 2 hectares.

The role of smallholder farmers in sustainable food system

Smallholder farmers can be at the vanguard of global efforts to protect and regenerate nature with the correct support. Empowering smallholders to employ sustainable and regenerative farming practices would allow them to replenish the land for current and future generations while increasing yields and creating agriculture resilience, generating prosperity for farmers and their families and positive effects on the environment.

In Brazil, for instance, a report by the Stockholm Environment Institute found that ‘between 2004 and 2011, landowners with more than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) of property were responsible for about 48% of the deforestation. Areas owned by smallholders accounted for 12% of the forests destroyed during the same period. However, since 2005, the contribution to annual deforestation by the largest landowners has fallen by 63%, while that of smallholders has increased by 69%.’ Smallholder farms are crucial in determining whether a sustainable food system can be achieved

Challenges Faced by Smallholder Farmers for Profitability

Few smallholder farmers have access to formal training, sophisticated farm supplies and equipment, and financial capabilities to increase soil health and production. Many smallholders also lack official paperwork proving ownership of their property, limiting their options for growing what, when, and how. As such, long-term, sustainable farming practices are rarely prioritized.

Smallholders are also hampered by systemic concerns such as gender inequity, health issues, and lack of sanitation. As a result, there are significant obstacles and potential in assisting smallholder farmers in adopting regenerative agricultural principles.

Furthermore, many of these variables have limited the contribution of smallholder farmers to urban consumers. As a result, it is evident that a sustainable food system must be supported by policies that allow smallholder farmers to realize their full potential while managing with externalities and limits.

If smallholder farmers are to play an essential part in a sustainable food system as sustainable food producers and food security providers, they will need to be equipped with training, equipment and financing that rewards them for sustainable farming practices. The challenge would then be to ensure that monitor and ensure help is provided to truly sustainable farmers.

How can Smallholder Farmers Benefit from Data Visibility? 

According to Emergen Research, the worldwide food traceability market size reached $4.54 billion in 2020 and is predicted to reach $9.75 billion by 2028. 

Rising demand for food traceability systems to identify mandatory paperwork and tracking for each stage of food processing is predicted to drive this revenue increase. Increased need for critical technologies in the agri-food sector is a very useful tool for analysing, monitoring, and regulating product flow. By digitalizing farm data and visibility, smallholder farmers can organize and improve their farm for higher profit margins and sustainable growth.  

Additionally, as the demand for food traceability technology has been on the rise for both eco-conscious end-consumers and food businesses alike, visibility on the smallholder farmers actions on their farm fields would be key to be able to track provenance of food products.  

How DiMuto  Helps Smallholder Farmer with Sustainability and Visibility 

L to R: Farm profile, Farm Lot Input Information, Farm Wallet

The DiMuto Farm Management application connects growing, harvesting, selling and payments for better visibility of farm operations with its three functions – Grow, Sell and Services. Using the DiMuto Farm Management Application, smallholder farmers can easily set up their digital identity on the Farm Management mobile application and connect their operations to their buyers such as procurement teams and agronomists from larger traders and packhouses within minutes. Through an intuitive interface, farmers can simplify farm administration, storing and accessing digitalized farm records, transport, and sales information easily. Additionally, they can also obtain yield estimates, track production, and get timely reminders to manage their field.   

With DiMuto Farm Management app, smallholder farmers can now: 

  • Simplify farm administration and easily track all farm-related records all in one place, and access it at anytime, anyplace 
  • Connect growing, harvesting, selling and payments for better visibility of their farm operations 
  • Get better prices, market position and premium buyers with produce that’s traceable straight from the farm 
  • Gain better visibility of planning and yield estimates, track production and identify trends and potential problems

Such farm data is then automatically populated to an aggregated web dashboard for agronomists and procurement team to track the farm and estimated harvests, giving more accuracy to supply planning. The Farm Management also seamlessly connects to Production Management and Trade Management features of the DiMuto Platform, allowing AgriFood companies to track the source of their AgriFood products and raw materials, down to the farm and lot that they originated from. As an added layer of verification, all supply chain data recorded on DiMuto Platform is also uploaded on the blockchain, ensuring immutability and trust.  

With increasing demands from consumers and governments for sustainable sourcing, this down reaching level of supply chain visibility will help AgriFood companies track and verify key sustainability metrics.  For instance, AgriFood procurement teams are now able to track measures such as the farmer that grew the food, the number of approved fertilizers, and water being used for the products that they purchased – enabling them to work more closely with farmers on the ground to ensure sustainability practices. This is particularly important for companies to achieve supply chain sustainability, given that a McKinsey report has shown that 80 of large multi-national companies (MNCs)’ impact on air, land, water, biodiversity and geological resources comes not from internal operations but from its supply chain, and most MNCs are struggling to accurately and efficiently assess supplier activities.  

Research estimates that 70% of smallholder farmers in global Agri supply chains live below the global poverty line of $3.20 a day, amounting to over 122 million people. This is despite the fact that smallholder farmers producing a third of the world’s food.  

The DiMuto Farm Management application also has a Digital Wallet function that helps farmers to track, receive and access digital payments. The payment rails will help DiMuto to execute smallholder farmer financing and insurance opportunities, allowing loans and payments to be directly deployed and rightfully received. The Digital Wallet is also connected to the Trade Management and the Grow aspect of the app, creating the ability to verify purpose and usage of the loans and ensuring that funds can be used for improved resiliency and sustainability of these smallholder famers. 

If you are interested to learn more about how DiMuto helps improve sustainability of food systems for global AgriFood trade, reach us at sales@dimuto.io

Global AgriFood Trade Solutions DiMuto Launches Farm Management Application to Empower Smallholder Farmers with Digitalized Farm to Fork Visibility & Financing Services

[PRESS RELEASE]
  • DiMuto, a global AgriFood Trade Solutions company, rolls out the Farm Management Application as an expansion of its all-in-one Platform. The DiMuto Farm Management feature helps smallholder farmers to digitalize farm records, transport, and sales information and improve the efficiency and visibility of their operations.
  • DiMuto Farm Management also digitally connects smallholder farmers to agronomists and procurement teams, equipping AgriFood companies with verified upstream farm data to better inform their agronomic and purchase decisions as well as work more closely with smallholder farmers for greater and more efficient output.
  • The Farm Management feature automatically connects to Production Management and Trade Management features of the DiMuto Platform, allowing companies to track the farm and lot that the AgriFood product originated from and follow it as it travels through the supply chain. Being able to track factors such as the farmers that grew the food, approved fertilizers, and the amount of water used highlights key social and environmental dimensions in purchasing decisions. This added visibility allows AgriFood companies to track key sustainability metrics with improved accuracy.   
  • Research estimates that 70% of smallholder farmers in global Agri supply chains live below the global poverty line of $3.20 a day, amounting to over 122 million people. The Digital Wallet function of the Farm Management app helps farmers track, receive and access digital payments – the digital payment rail creates a strong foundation for executing smallholder farmer financing and insurance opportunities, ensuring that loans can be directly and properly deployed to the farmers for verifiable purposes, such as improving the efficiency and sustainability of their farm operations to strengthen the resiliency of farming enterprises.
  • To tackle these systemic issues, DiMuto plans to implement Farm Management solutions and its financing offering with existing customers in Indonesia, Mexico, and Colombia.

Singapore, 17 May 2022 – DiMuto, a global AgriFood Trade Solutions company, launches DiMuto Farm Management, the latest feature in its all-in-one Trade Platform. DiMuto Farm Management digitalizes smallholder farm operations and achieves upstream supply chain visibility.

The DiMuto Farm Management application connects growing, harvesting, selling, and payments for better visibility of farm operations with its three functions – Grow, Sell, and Services. Using the DiMuto Farm Management Application, smallholder farmers can easily set up their digital identity on the Farm Management mobile application and connect their operations to their buyers such as procurement teams and agronomists from larger traders and packhouses within minutes. Through an intuitive interface, farmers can simplify farm administration, storing and accessing digitalized farm records, transport, and sales information easily. Additionally, they can also obtain yield estimates, track production, and get timely reminders to manage their field.  

DiMuto Farm Management Application

Such farm data is then automatically populated to an aggregated web dashboard for agronomists and procurement teams to track the farm and estimated harvests, giving more accuracy to supply planning. The Farm Management also seamlessly connects to Production Management and Trade Management features of the DiMuto Platform, allowing AgriFood companies to track the source of their AgriFood products and raw materials, down to the farm and lot that they originated from. As an added layer of verification, all supply chain data recorded on the DiMuto Platform is also uploaded on the blockchain, ensuring immutability and trust.

With increasing demands from consumers and governments for sustainable sourcing, this down-reaching level of supply chain visibility will help AgriFood companies track and verify key sustainability metrics.  For instance, AgriFood procurement teams are now able to track measures such as the farmer that grew the food, the number of approved fertilizers, and water being used for the products that they purchased – enabling them to work more closely with farmers on the ground to ensure sustainability practices. This is particularly important for companies to achieve supply chain sustainability, given that a McKinsey report has shown that 80 of large multi-national companies (MNCs)’ impact on air, land, water, biodiversity, and geological resources comes not from internal operations but from its supply chain, and most MNCs are struggling to assess supplier activities accurately and efficiently.

Research estimates that 70% of smallholder farmers in global Agri supply chains live below the global poverty line of $3.20 a day, amounting to over 122 million people. This is even though smallholder farmers produce a third of the world’s food.

The DiMuto Farm Management application also has a Digital Wallet function that helps farmers to track, receive and access digital payments. The payment rails will help DiMuto to execute smallholder farmer financing and insurance opportunities, allowing loans and payments to be directly deployed and rightfully received. The Digital Wallet is also connected to the Trade Management and the Grow aspect of the app, creating the ability to verify the purpose and usage of the loans, and ensuring that funds can be used for improved resiliency and sustainability of these smallholder farmers.

“We are very excited to launch the DiMuto Farm Management application and several projects are already in the works, with the support of partners who share the vision and see the potential for the Farm Management application to improve the livelihood of farmers they employ while ensuring the sustainability of their procurement operations,” said Julie Escobar, Chief Commercial Officer of DiMuto. “We truly believe this feature will greatly help growers, packers, shippers, importers, and retailers to have greater visibility on their buying and improve overall sustainability.”

The company has plans to implement the Farm Management application in Indonesia, Mexico, and Colombia. 

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About DiMuto

DiMuto provides agrifood companies with data they can see and trust, down to every single product of every trade, where they can easily see all that is happening for every trade transaction in an organized manner, on one single platform.

DiMuto simplifies every step of global trade – from produce, trade to market, DiMuto provide sales, marketing, operations, financing and insurance tools so businesses can trade better.

Equipped with a data-backed growth roadmap, companies can now navigate the complex global trade
landscape with ease and focus on what matters – growing a thriving international business.

With Visible Trade, DiMuto powers companies and the world forward with confidence.

Since 2019, DiMuto has successfully tracked and traced over millions of pieces in produce and millions
in dollars of trade value on our platform, working with a global portfolio of clients in over ten countries
and five continents. DiMuto is founded by Chief Executive Officer Mr Gary Loh, who is also the
Executive Chairman of First Alverstone Group. For more information, please visit www.dimuto.io

Bolster Trustworthiness of Digital Documents in AgriFood Trade

With  growing demand for transparency and traceability of global food supply chains – the Food Traceability market is estimated to be worth as much as US$9.28billion by 2028, it is no wonder that there has been much data-driven innovation in the AgriFood sector. There has also been increasing recognition of the need for a digitalized food system, particularly in the wake of Covid.  

However, critical digital and physical documentation required to conduct AgriFood trade continues to be disseminated, recorded and stored in an inefficient, disconnected and unsecure manner across the various stakeholders in the AgriFood supply chain.    

Importance of Trusted Supply Chain Trade Documents in AgriFood Trade

Agriculture and food commerce are more complicated than manufacturing trade because trade standards are more stringent, documentation is more cumbersome, and logistics are more complicated – these are often necessary to ensure consumer food safety. For food safety, detailed information on traded items as well as the movement of goods in a supply chain is vital and these challenges have been exacerbated by the rise in e-commerce. 

Thus, the need for trusted digital documents showing the food safety status and traceability data of food products is needed more than ever. For instance, in lieu of the pandemic, China has implemented strict policies on food imports and even banned imported fruits and salmon from specific ports.  For AgriFood companies dealing with food import-exports, being able to efficiently and effectively store digital documents and trade information and ensure its validity and authenticity in crucial to ensure trust in the provenance of their food products.   

How Can AgriFood Businesses Be Assured of the Security of Their Uploaded Documents? 

Data breaches, document forgeries, and fraudulence have become a pressing issue for digital documents on the web or businesses’ private platforms. It is crucial to note that although there are several methods for digitizing documents and storing digital documents, the security and efficiency of such methods may not be as seamless and transparent as one might think.  

Current communications occur over different communications platforms such as social messaging apps and emails, causing crucial trade information and documents to be scattered and stored inefficiently, making it challenging for AgriFood companies to ensure timely verification of these documents, or store and retrieve them securely.  

How DiMuto Helps – DiMuto Creates Trade Visibility for “The Messy Middle”


With DiMuto, Retailers and Suppliers can now enjoy greater visibility of all their trade data. Product, document and payment data are all tracked on a single platform. Suppliers, Traders and Retailers are able to easily access all relevant trade documents which are automatically uploaded onto the blockchain, ensuring immutable records of the trade action and documents. 

In addition to utilizing the blockchain to build trust, DiMuto utilizes Dedoco, a decentralized digital signing platform on blockchain, to further authenticate trade documents. 

How DiMuto Authenticates Trade Documents on the Platform with Dedoco 

AgriFood Trade documents on DiMuto are further authenticated with Dedoco’s blockchain-enabled electronic signature platform to increase the credibility of digital documents. Documents are readily signed using Dedoco and registered with a unique blockchain hash when they are published to the DiMuto platform. Documents’ signatures can also be verified  Dedoco web. 


Digital Documents will require signatures that are then embedded with a blockchain hash

With blockchain-verified signatures that act as a guarantee of document authencity, DiMuto ensures credibility of every trade transaction – removing barriers such as security risks, fraudulence, and forgery of documents. DiMuto’s All-in-One trade management platform helps strengthen trust and confidence among AgriFood players in the food supply chain. 

If you are interested to learn more about how DiMuto ensures trust for global AgriFood trade transactions, talk to our sales team today at sales@dimuto.io and find out how DiMuto can support your journey to better trade visibility. www.dimuto.io 

 

 

Challenges of Cross-Border Payments in Global AgriFood Trade

Cross-border Transactions Today

In 2020, the market growth for international payments reached an all-time high with forecasted revenues of $2Trillion USD, according to a recent forecast by Smarter Payments Tracker. However, research has shown that only 1% of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) use digital finance successfully, even though SMEs represent and more than 50% of employment worldwide.

Add that to the complex regulations and infrastructure of cross-border payment systems today, it is no wonder that moving money across borders is still far from an efficient and easy process.  This problem will only become more pertinent as the role of SMEs in the global economy continues to grow. Challenges faced when conducting cross-border payments include:

  • Country-specific regulations
  • Slow processing of transactions
  • Expensive costs
  • Security concerns
  • Lack of visibility

Country-specific rules have impeded international payments, and transactions routed through intermediate institutions can take days to complete and typically come with costs. Due to the numerous intermediaries involved in transferring money from one nation to another, all of which collect fees for their services, cross-border payments are notoriously expensive. Regulatory costs pile up, and FX fees for converting one currency to another will be levied. Compounding this is the lack of clarity when it comes to remittance fee structures.

Additionally, unlike near-instantaneous domestic payments, traditional cross-border bank transfers typically involve numerous exchanges of hands in one transaction and take two to five days to process, making it difficult to expect payments on time.

On top of that, high-level security breaches in cross-border payment systems are common, as evidenced by the $81 Million theft on Bangladesh’s central bank in 2016.  As each country has its own set of rules, the cross-border payment system is vulnerable to hacking whenever funds enter a country with lax security and access policies.

As each country has its own set of rules, the cross-border payment system is vulnerable to hacking whenever funds enter a country with lax security and access policies.

Another core concern of businesses making cross-border payments is the lack of visibility of payment status. according to a poll conducted by SWIFT and EuroFinance in 2017, 64 percent of businesses desire real-time payment tracking capabilities, while 47 percent want improved insight into the costs and deductions involved.

With the longstanding lack of real-time tracking of payment status, businesses often do not have certainty of transaction status. When companies need to know the current status of a payment, they are dependent on operations specialists undertaking manual research to ascertain basic information. Payment inquiries must be directed through correspondent banks, then communicated back to clients to determine any necessary actions. This lack of transparency creates a high informational cost, undermines corporate cash flow forecasts, and can strain relationships with a client’s suppliers and busines partners when funds are not received as expected.

For AgriFood companies with a significant portion of business in export-import trade, the ability to conduct and manage payment transactions across borders in an efficient, secure and visible manner is a concern. The risks of cross-border payments today are especially great for AgriFood companies dealing with a high volume of international trade transactions where one container of fresh produce can easily amount to an average cost of USD$50,000 to 150,000.

A need for trade-centric payment management in global AgriFood Trade 

In global AgriFood Trade, there’s not only a need for cross-border payment methods to have less friction but have a trade-centric perspective as well. This is because product movement is dependent on a multitude of factors and delays and changes in timelines are commonplace. Trade disputes involving quality issues are typical and can cause upwards of 5-15% of trade value.

Trade Dispute Due to Poor Product Quality of Oranges, read more.

Thus, it is particularly important for finance teams to be informed of situations affecting expected payments and cash flow.

DiMuto Unifies Products, Documents and Payments in One

DiMuto connects products, documents and payments on a single platform, giving visibility across departments and functions in a company. We digitalize physical AgriFood products by tagging each fruit or vegetable with a Digital Identity Label (DID).

DiMuto’s DIDs Tagged onto Cartons of Bananas to Provide Visibility Across All Departments, read more.

DIDs act as a digital identifier for each fruit and contain product quality and traceability data and allow companies to connect the product to digital documents and payments on DiMuto Platform.

DiMuto Payment Management

DiMuto allows payment receipts to be uploaded onto the blockchain automatically, ensuring immutability. Payment status is also viewed in the same trade timeline as other trade actions, ensuring that both sales and finance understand the trade situation. The DiMuto Payment Management feature also allows companies to conduct cross-border transactions via the DiMuto Platform.  

DiMuto Payment Powered by OPAL

A partner that we work with to make this possible is OPAL Payments, a Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)-licensed Major Payment Institution (MPI), which provide businesses with a less expensive and more convenient method of international payment and cross-border banking through Global Digital Business Accounts.

Through this partnership, companies on the DiMuto Platform will be able to receive payments rapidly in important markets such as the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and more, as well as access local payment networks in 21 countries without the need to set up business operations in these territories. OPAL understands that SMEs encounter challenges when it comes to transacting business on a global basis. 

Beyond connecting payments in traditional currencies, the DiMuto Payment Management can allow transactions in the USD Coin (USDC), through CIRCLE, a uniform platform for businesses to collect payments and send payouts around the world using blockchain technology. Meeting the needs of high-volume trading firms, crypto exchanges, and market makers, the USD Coin (USDC) is a significant advancement in the way businesses utilize money. Digital dollars function similarly to other digital content: they travel at the speed of the internet, can be traded in the same manner that we share content, and are less expensive and more secure than current payment systems.

A Bright Future: Paving the way to trade financing access 

By digitalizing physical AgriFood assets, asset tracking is now possible – the identity, movement and condition of individual products and cartons can now be easily tracked and traced with DiMuto. Coupled with Artificial Intelligence Models  that can objectively assess product quality and trade health, DiMuto helps lower the risk associated with trade financing for agri-perishables, giving AgriFood SMEs opportunities to obtain much needed trade financing options.

The US$1.9 trillion global trade finance gap has deteriorated as a result of Covid-19, which is now projected to be as high as US$3.4 trillion by experts, with SMEs in emerging nations being the hardest hurt. Due to concerns such as creditworthiness, collateral requirements, short-term liquidity, and political or currency risk, SMEs have historically had difficulty obtaining institutional funding.

More efficient and trade-centric cross-border payment methods will not only create more visibility and help business manage their operations and cash flow better but also help to provide them with trade financing opportunities to help their businesses grow greater.  

If you are interested to learn more about how DiMuto helps Agri-Food businesses with cross-border payment management, please reach us here or drop us an email at sales@dimuto.io.