Amounts: Typically for large amounts in excess of +- R 2,5 million
Speed of Funding: a few weeks
Terms: generally facility based               
Repayments: monthly
Interest Rates: Dependant on risk profile


What is Trade Finance?

Trade Finance is the finance of international and domestic trade transactions. It is generally used to secure inventory (stock) or raw material.

    Is designed specifically to help mitigate the risk between seller (exporter) and buyer (importer) 
   The purchaser wants to reduce risk by knowing exactly what has been shipped
   The seller wants to know that the buyer will pay

Finance Houses assist by providing support to both parties. For example, the importer's financier could provide a letter of credit to the exporter (or the exporter's bank) guaranteeing payment upon presentation of certain documents, such as a bill of loading.


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  • Offers protection to the seller and the buyer
  • Preserves the buyers normal payment credit terms and does not burden the importer's balance sheet


  • It’s generally only available on trades in excess of +- R 3 million