Import and Export

Buying or selling goods in other countries can bring with it a variety of risks. Our useful tools can help you to manage these risks.

Documentary letters of credit*

If you are exporting, you can ensure you are paid on time and in the correct amount using documentary letters of credit.

If you are importing you can use them to ensure that goods ordered are shipped on time and in keeping with the terms of sale.

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Foreign guarantees

You can use guarantees or bonds to give new customers confidence in your ability to perform under a contract or make payment.

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Documentary collections

Both exporters and importers can gain security of payment or delivery through controlled release of shipping documents

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Online trade services

Online trade services provide a dashboard to enable you to manage trade transactions such as letters of credit and guarantees.

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International Trade Portal

International trading is a big step forward for your business, but it can be difficult to know how to break into a new market.

Find out moreabout the The International Trade Portal

International Business

Trading internationally can bring new benefits to your business. We’ll guide you through the next steps.

Find out moreabout International Business

*All documentary letters of credit are issued under universally accepted rules set out in Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP) publication 600, issued by the International Chamber of Commerce.


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