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Foreign trade financing.st

  1. 1. Financing Foreign Trade International Financial Management
  2. 2. Learning Objectives What are the key elements of an import or export transaction? What are the three key documents in import or export transactions? What are some private sector export financing sources? What are some public sector export financing sources?
  3. 3. International Trade Finance Trade financing shares a number of common characteristics with traditional value chain activities conducted by all firms. – All companies must search out suppliers for goods and services. – Must determine if supplier can provide products at required specifications and quality. – All must be at an acceptable price and delivered in a timely manner.
  4. 4. Elements of an Import/Export Transaction Every export sales transaction covers three basic elements: – Contracts • contractual exchange between parties in two countries • description of goods – Prices • price quotations and terms in the contract should conform to published catalogues. – Documents • provides shipping and delivery instructions
  5. 5. Documentations in Import/Export Transactions Bills of lading (B/L) – issued to the exporter by a common carrier transporting the merchandise Commercial invoice – issued by the exporter and contains a precise description of the merchandise. Insurance documents – must be as specified in the contract of sale and must be issued by insurance companies or their agents. Consular invoices – issued in the exporting country by the consulate of the importing country Packing lists – may be required so that the contents of containers can be identified
  6. 6. International Trade Risks The Trade Transaction Timeline Time and Events Price Export Goods Documents Goods Cash Quote contract are are are settlement request signed shipped accepted received of the transaction Negotiation Backlog Documents are presented Financing Period
  7. 7. Documentation of Foreign Trade Transactions Key Documents – Letter of Credit – Bill of Lading – Draft Function – Risk of noncompletion – Foreign exchange rate risk – Financing foreign trade
  8. 8. Letter of Credit (L/C) A letter of credit is a bank’s conditional promise to pay issued by a bank at the request of an importer in which the bank promises to pay an exporter upon presentation of documents specified in the L/C. The essence of a L/C is the promise of the issuing bank to pay against specific documents. – – – – Issuing bank must receive a fee for issuing L/C Bank’s L/C must contain specified maturity date Bank’s commitment must have stated maximum amount Bank’s obligation must arise only on presentation of specific documents and bank cannot be called on for disputed items – Bank’s customer must have unqualified obligation to reimburse bank on same condition of bank’s payment
  9. 9. Letter of Credit (L/C) Commercial L/C’s are classified as: – Irrevocable vs. Revocable – • irrevocable letters of credit are non-cancelable while its opposite can be cancelled at any time – Confirmed vs. Unconfirmed • issued by one bank and confirmed by another bank Advantages of L/Cs: – it reduces risk of default – a confirmed L/C helps secure financing Disadvantages of L/Cs: – the fees charged – reduces the available credit of the importer
  10. 10. Relationships Among the Three Parties to a Letter of Credit Issuing Bank The relationship between the issuing bank and the exporter is governed by the terms of the letter of credit, issued by that bank The relationship between the importer and the issuing bank is governed by the terms of the application and agreement for the letter of credit Beneficiary (exporter) The relationship between the importer and the exporter is governed by the sales contract Applicant (importer)
  11. 11. Bill of Exchange A draft, or bill of exchange (B/E), is a written order by an exporter instructing an importer or its agent to pay a specified amount at a specified time. The party initiating the draft is the maker, drawer, or originator while the counterpart is the drawee. – Trade draft • Buyer is drawee of draft – Bank draft • Buyer’s bank is drawee of draft
  12. 12. Negotiable Instruments If properly drawn, drafts can become negotiable instruments. – As such they provide a convenient instrument for financing the international movement of merchandise. – To become a negotiable instrument, there are four requirements: • • • • Must be written and signed by buyer Must contain unconditional promise to pay Must be payable on demand or at a fixed date Must be payable to bearer
  13. 13. Types of Drafts Sight drafts – which is payable on presentation to the drawee. Time drafts – which allows a delay in payment. – it is presented to the drawee who accepts it with a promise to pay at some later date. • When a time draft is drawn on a bank, it becomes a banker’s acceptance. • When drawn on a business firm it becomes a trade acceptance.
  14. 14. Banker’s Acceptance When a draft is accepted by a bank, it becomes a banker’s acceptance. Example: Acceptance of $100,000 for exporter Face amount of acceptance Less 1.5% p.a. commission for 6 months Amount received by exporter in 6 months Less 7% p.a. discount rate for 6 months Amount received by exporter at once Exporter may discount the acceptance note in order to receive the funds up-front.
  15. 15. Bill of Lading Bill of Lading (B/L) is issued to the exporter by a common carrier transporting the merchandise. – It serves the purpose of being a receipt, a contract and a document of title • As a receipt the B/L indicates that the carrier has received the merchandise • As a contract the B/L indicates the obligation of the carrier to provide certain transportation • As a document of title, the B/L is used to obtain payment or written promise of payment before the merchandise is released to the importer
  16. 16. Characteristics of the Bill of Lading A straight B/L – provides that the carrier deliver the merchandise to the designated consignee only. An order B/L – directs the carrier to deliver the goods to the order of a designated party, usually the shipper. A B/L is usually made payable to the order of the exporter.
  17. 17. Additional Financing Techniques Used in International Trade Discounting – Converting a trade draft into cash. Factoring – Selling export receivables at a discount to a factor. – Expensive but may be of great value to the occasional exporter. Forfaiting – Discounting at a fixed rate without recourse of mediumterm export receivables denominated in fully convertible currencies.
  18. 18. Government Programs for Export Financing Export Credit Insurance – Provides assurance to the exporter or the exporter’s bank that an insurer will pay should the foreign customer default. – In the US the Foreign Credit Insurance Association (FCIA) provides this type of insurance. Export-Import Bank – Known as the Eximbank, it facilitates the financing of US exports through various loan guarantee and insurance programs.

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