International Business Guarantees

When you're trading internationally without established relationships, our guarantees reduce trade risks by giving you and your supplier financial security.

At a glance

  • A wide range of guarantees to cover many kinds of risk

  • Global network of group offices and correspondent banks

  • Attractive terms on foreign guarantees

  • Specialist support from our Guarantees Team

  • Transaction information can be emailed via our Instant @dvice service

Speak to our specialist Guarantees Team

Call us on

0800 783 1300

Textphone: 0345 712 5563

Lines are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays

Existing Customers

Key benefits

Reassure your international supplier and reduce your trade risk

Benefit from the extensive experience of our Guarantees Team

International guarantees explained

A guarantee, or 'bond' as it's sometimes known, provides your supplier (the beneficiary) with acceptable security if you (the applicant) fail to fulfil your obligations in the underlying contract.

We can arrange many different types of guarantees to cover different risk scenarios. Below we have listed some of those we arrange most frequently. To find out which is most suitable for your business, call our knowledgeable Guarantees Team.

Performance Bond

This is the most common type of guarantee.

It's usually taken out for the entire length of a contract, plus a grace period to allow your customer to make a demand if you don't satisfy the obligations covered by the guarantee.

Tender Guarantee/Bid Bond

This is often used in support of contract tenders, particularly in international trade situations.

It gives your customer a financial solution if you don't fulfill any of the tender conditions.

Advance Payment Guarantee

This is used where you require a sum of money at an early stage of the contract.

Your customer can recover all or part of the amount paid in advance if you don't fulfil your underlying contractual obligations.

VAT Bond/Duty Deferment Bond

This is a guarantee for HM Revenue & Customs.

It enables you to import goods from outside the EU without immediately having to pay duty or tax.

Facility Guarantee

This enables you to secure banking facilities for a subsidiary, associate company or personal account in other countries.

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Speak to our specialist Guarantees Team

Call us on

0800 783 1300

Textphone: 0345 712 5563

Lines are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays

Existing Customers

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