Document Letter Of Credit (DLC) or Letter Of Credit (LC)

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Document Letter Of Credit (DLC) or Letter Of Credit (LC)

The ability to secure a letter of credit can mean the difference between starting a new business letting the opportunity pass you by. At Globalist, we offer two types of letters of credit: commercial (also known as documentary) and standby. In certain circumstances, we are also able to offer unsecured letters of credit, which means that you do not have to tie up your cash or other collateral to get a letter of credit issued.

A commercial letter of credit is one of the oldest and most standardized forms of payment in the industry, and is used for the bulk of transactions in international trade. Foreign exporters that deal with unfamiliar companies thousands of miles away are naturally uncomfortable investing money to produce goods and ship them without any assurance of payment. Without a letter of credit, exporters generally ask for substantial deposits or other payment guarantees. Letters of credit allow buyers to avoid giving financially onerous deposits that block capital and place money at risk. With a letter of credit, you can trade with confidence, protecting both yourself and your supplier from inefficient practices while mitigating risk.

Likewise, as an importer dealing with foreign suppliers, you may not want to pay upfront for goods that may not correspond to purchase order specifications or may arrive late. Paying upfront or providing a significant deposit can block capital, lead to complacency or result in difficulty down the road. Naturally, as a buyer, it would be strategic and prudent to prefer to postpone payment until you have received the goods as expected.

Letters of credit can prevent buyers from losing deposits when the sellers’ performance is deficient in any way. Without a letter of credit, buyers are left to fend for themselves to recover their deposits if goods are not produced according to their specifications. This can lead to a considerable loss or resources and time for manageable and mitigatable risk.

For both buyers and sellers in a given transaction, letters of credit represent a reasonable compromise that protects both sides’ interests by assuring exporters that they will get paid once they produce and ship the goods according to certain documentary requirements that are pre-specified when issuing the letter of credit. This is akin to, and can be thought of as an escrow arrangement, ensuring exporters that the goods won’t be released until they get paid and providing buyers with a guarantee that they will get the goods if the exporter is paid. These terms can be customized to ensure that both parties are satisfied in custom-made and tailored deals.

Remember, Globalist offers unsecured letters of credit, something most other financiers do not. Unsecured means you do not have to tie up valuable collateral to open a letter of credit. This way, you can reduce your upfront risk while ensuring that trade goes your way.

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