Letter of Credit Basics: Risks in Letters of Credit

Each international trade transaction carries a risk, lower or higher.

Some trade relationships might have been established for a long period of time between importers and exporters, whom are located in safe countries with sound financial backgrounds.

In such a scenario, we can talk about two professional partners, working for a win-win situation, both of them understanding its roles and responsibilities in order to complete the transaction in a good manner.

Concluding these kinds of transactions financially would not be a difficult task.

Now, I want you to think just an opposite scenario. Potential trade is about to initiate between an importer and exporter, whom has no enough knowledge about the counter party. Even more, at least one party is located in a politically unstable country.

What do  you think. Which payment method should be chosen to satisfy both parties under such extreme conditions?

Do you think that you can find a risk free payment method that you can rely on regardless of the surrounding conditions?

Above, I have tried to illustrate two different conditions effecting the payment selection decisions in international trade.

What sort of risks each letter of credit party has to bear in export and import transactions?

On this post, I will try to explain the risks associated with international payment methods in general.

Specifically, I will emphasize the risks in letters of credit for different parties perspectives.
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