Letters of credit are the oldest and most common type of short term trade finance, famously described as the “lifeblood of international commerce,” with some commentators suggesting their use stretches back to 3000 BC. What makes them so successful?
Since the inception of UCP 600, trade finance professionals, in particular, the letter of credit community, have been discussing the need for and consequences of modifications and exclusions to the rules in commercial LCs issued under UCP 600.
The need for trade digitization has never been more prevalent than it is today, especially with pandemic-induced restrictions emphasizing the inefficiency of paper-based trade. Our Editor, Deepesh Patel sat down with Contour’s CEO and Chief Product Officer, as well as TradeLens’ Head of Strategy and Operations, to discuss how fintech can come together to partner to solve these problems.
Developing and harmonising existing standards within trade finance is key for digitalising trade.
Owing to the pandemic, eUCP Version 2.0 and eURC Version 1.0 rules created by the ICC have received increased interest over the past few months. There is a growing realisation by practitioners that paper documents are causing delays and disruption.
In this second installment of my two-part article, I endeavour to consider the documentary credit from the point of view of an exporter as well as its bank and provide some advice on how to best benefit from the effective use of documentary credits.
Documentary credits are one of the oldest, most sophisticated, and safest payment instruments used in international trade.
Documentation can be the source of trouble for many buyers and sellers. Here’s how to avoid conflict and disputes when it comes to paperwork.
With electronic document rules in place, it is now the role of key players and regulators to go ahead and enable trade finance to take advantage of digital innovation.
TFG heard from Trade & Export Finance Specialist, Domenico Del Sorbo on practical aspects of payment instructions in international trade.
Having an understanding of the types of LC availability, and the differences between them, will help the beneficiary formulate the terms of the letters of credit that it would be willing to accept, and to mention such terms in their discussions and sales contracts with their clients. TFG heard from former Head of Product Management Asia, Trade Services and Finance, Société Générale, Tat-Yeen Yap.
ICC has taken the lead to keep trade moving during the Covid-19 pandemic by publishing the eUCP and eURC eRules guidelines for faster and efficient trade transactions.
The Buyer’s Request for Quotation (RFQ) and the responding Seller’s Quotation (QTO) need not be a kabuki dance event that only creates the appearance of engaging in a transaction.
Many new fintechs are fielding trade transaction cloud platforms that combine video technology with non-bank trade finance that is going to fill the vacuum created by the banking industry.
How are the rights and obligations of the parties to a credit affected on account of missed deadlines caused by these force majeure events?