Our dynamic team of product specialists will guide and assist you to make informed decisions on both international and local trade. Choose from our generic or specialised products that suit your business.

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Less risk

Manage and reduce the traditional risks of international or local trade deals.

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Improve your cash flow

By making the process more efficient and reliable, we can help improve your business cash flow.

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Grow your customer base

Create new opportunities to connect with more local and overseas customers.

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Expert advice

Our team of trade finance experts will give you the professional advice that you deserve.

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Import Finance is your safeguard against trade risks

Our Import Finance services make trading safer and simpler. Plus we help facilitate transactions so that you enjoy reduced trading risk and receive any payments on time.

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Letters of credit

We assist you with various letters of credit to secure your trade transactions.

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Documentary collections

We help you ensure that your suppliers present import documentary collections.

Explore your import finance options

  • Letters of credit

    Import letters of credit

    Your overseas supplier may require you to provide an irrevocable letter of credit in their favour to secure a trade transaction. Our network of branches and correspondent banks enables us to issue letters of credit to beneficiaries in most countries worldwide and in all freely convertible currencies.

    Our policy ensures the beneficiary's bankers receive our letters of credit within 24 hours on receipt of your application.

    Revolving letters of credit (conditional)

    Revolving letters of credit involve our conditional undertaking to reinstate a letter of credit either after the occurrence of a specific event or after a specific time period has lapsed. Depending on your needs, Barclays will undertake to reinstate these instruments automatically and without the requirement of any further amendment from you. The number of times within which this can take place will be specified in the credit document.

    Standby letters of credit

    Payments under regular letters of credit are triggered by the performance of the exporter under a specified trade contract; payments under Standby letters of credit are triggered by the default of the importer under a specific trade contract. Standby Letters of credit are irrevocable and payable on demand.

    Upon your request as an importer, Barclays can provide this form of conditional undertaking on your behalf to the beneficiary. Should you fail to make settlement, we will make settlement on your behalf upon the presentation of specific documents by the beneficiary required under the credit.

    Import Letter of credit refinancing

    Import letter of credit refinancing is used when certain unfavourable market conditions exist on the due payment date and, for one reason or another, the applicant is not willing to make settlement. We can arrange to make settlement of both sight and by using the import letters of credit on your behalf and refinance locally up to 180 days after payment date, depending on your requirements. This can be applied in various instances and ultimately provides you with flexibility to manage your cash flows.

  • Import documentary collections

    Import documentary collections

    Under document collections, your overseas suppliers present appropriate documentation to their bankers which are then forwarded to us to facilitate collection on their behalf. We ensure that you are advised promptly and that their instructions are carried out exactly as per their requirements. Different forms of financing can be arranged based on the presentation of appropriate documentation.

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Expand your trade into uncharted territories

Planning on exporting? We are with you all the way before and after shipment with tailor-made export finance solutions to help fulfil your trading obligations.

 

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Letters of credit

Export letters of credit eliminate the risk of default by the beneficiary and give you quicker access to finance.

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Post-shipment financing 

Get access to finance before or after shipment and enhance your cash flow.

Explore your export finance options

  • Letters of credit

    Export letters of credit

    Export letters of credit are advised within 24 hours of receipt. Upon request our confirmation may also be added. Confirmation eliminates the risk of default by the beneficiary to the bank and can facilitate access to a wide variety of finance solutions both before and after actual shipment has taken place.

  • Post-shipment financing

    Post-shipment financing

    Post shipment finance provides cheaper access to funds after shipment but before maturity. This can be done through negotiation/discounting and can therefore enhance your cash flow position thus further enabling you to focus on your core business. To facilitate this, the fulfilment of all the terms and conditions under the credit is required.

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A world of solutions to make trade work for you

Whether you’re importing or exporting, we’ll help you reduce the risk that comes with international deals and transactions. Bolster your trading status and improve cash flow with these trading facilities.

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Guarantees, bonds and indemnities

Improve the terms of your tenders to negotiate better terms on contracts.

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Invoice and bill discounting

Enhance your cash flow position with our competitively-priced solution.

Explore these trade finance options

  • Guarantees, bonds and indemnities

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    What you get

    Bank guarantees enable you tender for business which you might have previously considered out of reach, they can improve the terms of your tenders and they can help you negotiate better terms on contracts.

    We provide bid bonds, performance guarantees, custom bonds, advance payments guarantees, retention money guarantees, shipping guarantees and maintenance guarantees applicable in different circumstances.

    For further information into our trade solutions, please contact your Barclays Relationship Manager or Commercial Banking Trade Finance Dept on +260 211 366150 or morris.bwalya@barclays.com

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    How you benefit
    • Enable you to tender for business that you might have previously considered out of reach
    • Improve the terms of your tenders and help you negotiate better terms on contracts
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    What you get
    • Different types of financial and /or commercial documents are exchanged during trade transactions which provide evidence of a transaction as well as acknowledgement of debt. This specialised form of trade financing can be available either with or without recourse however this is dependent on the credit assessment of both parties to the transaction
    • It enhances your cash-flow position and is competitively priced

    For further information into our trade solutions, please contact your Barclays Relationship Manager or Commercial Banking Trade Finance Dept on +260 211 366150 or morris.bwalya@barclays.com

    How you benefit
    • Enhance your cash flow position
    • Competitively priced
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Need more help?

Call:

Toll free: 5950
Tel: +260 (211) 366100
Tel: +260 (211) 366225

Email:

customerservice.zambia@barclays.com

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