Export letters of credit

Get paid for exported goods while covering your trade risks

Get a guarantee of payment before you commit to sending goods.

  • Conditional payment guarantee issued by your buyer’s bank and advised to you by us
  • Asking us to ‘confirm’ the letter gives protection against payment default by the overseas bank or country
  • We can provide finance for the period between presentation of documents and the payment-due date

How export letters can help your business

A letter of credit lets you receive payment for your exported goods while covering your trade risks.  Payment can be received for any amount and in any freely traded currency on delivery of compliant documents or on a fixed or determinable future date.

Improves your cashflow management

We can provide finance between document presentation and the payment date, or your suppliers may extend payment terms if you assign the proceeds of the letter to them.

Potential insurance savings

Meet the terms of the letter and there’s less need for you to take out credit insurance, while asking us to confirm the letter reduces the need for ‘political risk’ insurance.

How it works

Export letters of credit cover your trade risk by giving you a guarantee that you’ll be paid once you’ve met your part of the deal and provided the required documentation.

Your buyer’s bank provides this guarantee in advance, so you can start the arrangements for dispatching the goods with confidence. What’s more, it may be possible for you to use export letters of credit to manage your cashflow during the process.

We can also help you get the detailed financial information you need to reduce the risk of trading whether that’s with new buyers or current customers who want to increase their orders.

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