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International trade

We’ll help you expand overseas

Whether you’re importing or exporting, starting out or expanding further, we have the tools and services to help your business grow.

We’re with you every step of the way

Safety and security

We’ll help you be more safe and secure while trading overseas

Knowledge and confidence

Our expert International Managers are there to support you at all times.

Tools and discounts

We have a range of valuable discounts to help you save money.

Take your business across the globe

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International Business Payments

Send and receive international payments

Make quick and secure payments, whether you’re trading with the United States or United Arab Emirates.

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Foreign currency account

What we can offer to you

Reduce your exposure to exchange-rate fluctuations and simplify international payments, whether you’re importing or exporting.

Everything you need to take your business worldwide

Get free insights into local markets and save on costs with exclusive discounts. Plus, tools and services designed to keep your business banking quick and easy.


Importing could help your business save costs, increase profit and gain a competitive advantage.

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Import documentary collections

Make and receive secure payments 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.

  • Make payments of any value 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

A secure way to pay your suppliers

With a letter of credit, you can pay for the goods you import while covering your trading risks1.


Find ways to reach more customers and increase your turnover.

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Export documentary collections

An easy way to collect payment for your exported goods

Stay in control of your goods once they’ve been dispatched – so you know you’ll get paid.

  • Suitable for collecting payments of any amount and in any freely traded currency
  • Payment is requested from your buyer on immediate presentation of the Collection2 or at a fixed or determinable future date
  • Reduces the risk of losing title to the goods prior to receiving payment, or an agreement to pay, from your buyer
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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

Growing through exports

Does international trading seem too complex and full of obstacles? In association with the Department for Business and Trade, and the Institute of Export and International Trade, we've created a series of videos that help demystify how to trade overseas, so you can grow your business with confidence.

Department for Business and Trade

Exporting for the first time or looking to expand your overseas sales? The Department for Business and Trade has a range of useful tools and guidance for businesses that want to export.

Get in touch

Call us

For questions about International Trade Solutions, please contact 0191 541 2161

If you have a Personal account with us, please contact 0345 734 53453

For questions about domestic business, please contact 0345 605 23453