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Import documentary collections

Make and receive secure payments to suppliers around the world

A collection is a simple and efficient tool for settling your trade debts. It can be used to make payments of any size and in any freely traded currency.


Key features

  • Suitable for making payments of any value and in any freely traded currency
  • Payment can be made to your suppliers on their immediate presentation of documents or on a fixed or determinable future date
  • You may be able to negotiate a credit period (Term Bills) by agreeing to use collections
  • Simple to operate

How it can help your business

Improves cashflow

By agreeing to use collections as opposed to trading on open account terms, you may be able to negotiate a credit period for term payment from your supplier. You may also be able to negotiate the costs of the collection to be paid by your supplier.

Reduces risks

If you’re dealing with a new supplier or are reluctant to pay until you know that goods have been shipped, a collection can provide you with documentary evidence, often including documents of title (eg, bills of lading).

How it works

Your supplier will send us documents allowing access to traded goods, usually via their bankers and with an invoice and a bill of exchange drawn on you.

A collection schedule acts a checklist of the documents enclosed and also specifies the necessary conditions for release of the documents.

Payment terms will have been agreed in advance between yourself and your supplier and can either be on immediate presentation of the collection (sight payment) or on your written acceptance to pay the bill of exchange at an agreed or determinable future date (term payment).

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