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Letter of Credit and Trade Finance timelines

A reader asked me a question about letter of credit and trade finance timelines..

With a letter of credit. What sort of timings are usually connected to when the payment between banks occurs? Does the shipment sail prior to the LC being satisfied?

This is actually is a very good question – and the answer usually is: “it depends..” Kim Sindberg provides below comprehensive response on what it actually depends on and the relevant rules applicable..
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Do banks verify if cargo is actually loaded on a ship..??

Do banks verify if cargo is actually loaded on a ship..?? Shippers who deal with documentary credit know that the term Shipped on Board carries quite a bit of weight and there is often a lot of discussions, disputes, rejections etc from the side of the bank if there is any discrepancy in the shipped on board clause or date or stamp or signature.. So one would naturally assume that the banks verify if the cargo covered in the bill of lading is actually loaded on board the ship or not.. Read more

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Part Bill of Lading to the rescue..

When answering my last post Question regarding cargo under Letter of Credit, I mentioned that part bills could be a solution for two shipments in a same container where part of the cargo is covered by L/C and the other part is not.. However, there are several criteria/requirement in order for the carrier to be able to issue Part Bills of Lading and for the customer to accept Part Bills of Lading for this particular scenario.. We will examine these criteria/requirements in this post.. Read more

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UPDATE to – Question regarding cargo under Letter of Credit

In my last post, I posed a question on behalf of a reader about the possibility of two cargoes being shipped under one bill of lading where one cargo is covered under Letter of Credit and other cargo is not.. Should the carrier issue two bills of lading..?? Or is mentioning in the same B/L the goods under L/C and goods that aren't is enough..?? This post is an update where I have discussed the answer to the above question.. Read more