Documentary Credit also called Letter of Credit

Documentary credit – definition, main actors, how it works

Documentary credit, not to confuse with documentary collection, is the most used payment technique in international trade. It is therefore of particular interest for trade professionals. What is a documentary credit? How does it work? Who are the main actors involved in a documentary credit process? Read on to get the answers to these questions …

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Documentary collection also called documentary remittance

Documentary collection – definition, main actors, how it works, SWIFT messages

Documentary collection is one of the common payment techniques used in international trade to facilitate import/export operations. In this post, we provide the definition of a documentary collection, present the key players and the related process steps. Before starting our analysis, take note of this interesting remark: documentary collection belongs to payment techniques that require …

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Payment against invoice or simple collection - main steps

Simple collection or payment against invoice

We begin our analysis of payment techniques with the payment against invoice or simple collection. This technique involves requesting the payment of exported goods against a simple presentation of the commercial invoice. The importer is supposed to be paid upon receipt of the invoice (and possibly all documents enabling him to clear them), not after receipt …

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The Four Corner Model for Trade and Trade Finance

Trade Finance basics

Trade Finance is a very broad topic (about 1.5 billion results on google). Since Trade and payments are closely interlinked, it can be interesting to take a closer look at it. Furthermore, we have studied cross border payments in the last weeks. What we learned should help us to understand trade finance faster, at least …

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International Bank Account Number

IBAN number: definition, structure and checker

The IBAN number or simply IBAN (International Bank Account Number) serves as the unique identifier for the bank account in SEPA payments. Debtor and Creditor accounts must be provided therein in IBAN formats. But contrary to what many believe, IBANs are not used everywhere in the world as we will see below. This article begins with …

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MT400 SWIFT Message to confirm the collection of funds and announce the proceeds

Usage of MT400 SWIFT Message to announce the proceeds

The MT400 SWIFT Message is an advice of payment sent by the collecting bank to the remitting bank. A lot of things happen before the funds are collected and the MT400 message is sent. That is why in a previous article, we explained what documentary collections are and the roles that collecting and remitting banks …

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