Import Letters of Credit

If you import goods, protect both yourself and your supplier with an Import Letter of Credit, a secure payment method for settling international trade.

At a glance

  • Confidence that imported goods will be as specified and delivered at the agreed time and place

  • Shows your supplier you have the ability to pay for the goods

  • Tailored to your needs (include terms for shipping, delivery, insurance and quality inspection)

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Key benefits

Provide your suppliers with more security of payment

Use it to negotiate better terms, such as increasing the credit period

How an Import Documentary Credit works

A Documentary Credit (DC) is controlled through the banking system. It means your supplier has to provide specified documents to a bank in order to get paid.

It's a commitment from your bank to your supplier stating it will receive payment within a set time limit, as long as clearly defined terms and conditions have been met.

Please note, you'll need a specific bank facility with HSBC before any Import Documentary Credits can be issued.

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Textphone: 18001 08457 125 563

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