Letters of Credit/Methods of Payment

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This module covers two topics and therefore two assessments.

Why this course?

The use of Letters of Credit has increased significantly by UK exporters and importers because of the global economic situation, political insecurity in some markets and the withdrawal of credit insurance cover.
The major international banks report that between 60% and 70% of documentary submissions by exporters are rejected on first presentation because of non compliance with the conditions of the LC

We believe that the main causes of rejection are a lack of understanding of the underlying principles of a documentary letter of credit and a failure to construct a workable LC that directly relates to the sales or purchasing contract. These failures can lead to increased costs for all parties, loss of goodwill, delayed payment and possible default.

To use Letters of Credit effectively importers and exporters will need to fully understand the dynamics and terminology of an LC, the role of each party, the importance of the shipping documents and the level of security offered.

This course will examine the Letter of Credit process in detail and offer guidance on how to create a workable credit. It will consider the different interests of the exporter, importer and the banks and methods of reducing the risks for all parties.

It will also suggest methods of creating and collating accurate documents; explain the role of the draft (Bill of Exchange); consider the options for negotiation of the credit and the current version of the rules that govern letters of credit (UCP600)

Who is it for?

This course is graded as entry level and is suitable for both importers and exporters. The content will be relevant to field and office based sales staff, purchasing staff, shipping and despatch personnel, accounts and finance staff, customer services, freight forwarders. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary and it will be suitable for experienced personnel who require an update on the latest rules.

What does it cover?

• Options available for international trade payments
• Terminology, structure, dynamics and content of a letter of credit
• Importance of the sales/purchasing contract and its role in creating a workable LC
• The roles and agendas of each of the parties involved in a letter of credit
• Why documents are required to satisfy the conditions of the LC
• Creation and completion of documents
• Confirmation of Letters of Credit
• UCP 600 – The rules for letters of credit
• Electronic LCs
• Methods for the collation and submission of documents
• Options available in the event of rejection
• Charges and Commissions – who pays?
• Various types of Letters of Credit – transferable, back to back, revolving, red clause, standby
• Bills of Exchange (Drafts)
• The roles of drafts in conjunction with Letters of Credit
• The options for negotiation of an LC

Benefits and outcome:

Understanding how Letters of Credit can work successfully will improve your success rate, leading to a ’right-first-time’ presentation of documents, reduced bank charges and, above all, increased customer satisfaction.

Global Members: To book on with your discounted rate, please call +44 (0) 1753 870 560 or email export@tvchamber.co.uk

Non Members: Please call +44 (0) 1753 870 560 or email export@tvchamber.co.uk to book your place for this workshop.


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    Virtual, Online, -
  • Pricing Member:
      £375.00 + £75.00 VAT
    = £450.00
  • Pricing Non Member:
      £500.00 + £100.00 VAT
    = £600.00
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