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Expert Commentaries

  • The Practicalities of Customs Bonded Warehouses

    As more customs bonded warehouses spring up around the globe, exporters are in a good position to benefit from this counterparty performance and credit risk management tool.
  • Muddying the export waters

    Muddying the export waters The row boiling up in Washington over the „no‟ vote on America‟s ExIm Bank charter and lending cap extension has made h...
  • Notations and Multimodal Transport Documents

    In the autumn 2009 issue of DCInsight, Haluk Erdemol tackled on board notations as they apply to a B/L and multimodal transport documents (multimodal bills of lading). This is perhaps the most controversial issue that has emerged in UCP 600 so far, and his article was an excellent contribution to the ongoing debate, which hopefully will be resolved some time soon. Here I would like to add some personal comments. Bill of lading First, it is unfortunate that this confusion took place, as it was, in my view, clearly avoidable.
  • Financing Options for Exporters – Nigerian Perspective

    Nigeria is an emerging economy with high growth potential. Unfortunately, most of it remains untapped due to many exportable commodities being neglected, as the federal government’s main focus is the exploration and exportation of crude oil. In addition, the government and financial institutions have so far given little or no attention to developing commodity export in terms of policy implementation and export financing, respectively.
  • The DOC CREDIT CLINIC – ‘Can you tolerate this?’

    In our regular section, Vincent O'Brien tackles queries from our readers.
  • Cash Crunch

    It is apparent that business can fail – over time – due to declining profitability. Furthermore, failure can stem from a lack of readily available cash, and poor short term cash flow can be ruinous, irrespective of whether or not the overall business is profitable. 

  • eLearning Benefits for Companies

    In many cases, the biggest dilemma facing a company considering employing e-Learning as a tool to train staff is how to justify the cost of such an approach.

    Within the context of International Trade and Finance training, without doubt e-Learning delivers more training benefits to more people for the lowest training investment. E-Learning, if it is done the right way always saves time, money, resources, and delivers measurable, tangible results.
  • The “fraud exception” and the L/C independence principle

    The “fraud exception” and the L/C independence principle As L/C practitioners know, the documentary credit is a bank’s undertaking to pay against ...
  • Perhaps it’s time for a URC 522 revision

    One of the most valuable activities of the ICC Banking Commission is, without any doubt, the constant updating of the International Rules that the...
  • Doc Credit – Letter of Credit : Stamp it out!

    eBSI Faculty Experts answer more technical queries from our readers!
  • Benefits & risks for banks in Supply Chain Finance

    I have a Labrador dog, Andy whose breed originated in Greenland. I buy its food online in a store located in Germany whose product of Canadian ori...
  • India – An Emerging Tiger

    Interest in India has never been greater. Here CP Balachandran, one of the subcontinent’s most respected trade finance bankers, offers precious insights into this complex, multifaceted land, which despite its dazzling diversity of languages, customs, and cultures remains more than 60 years after its founding the world’s largest democracy. He describes the vast changes that have transformed this once sleeping giant into a world leader in science and technology, a nation once poverty stricken that now boasts a middle class of over 300 million people, as large as the entire population of the United States!