Import Financing

Trade Finance Solutions For Imports

Seffex Capital import financing includes a range of trade finance methods we provide to finance import transactions. From import letters of credit and import bank guarantees, to invoice factoring and financial instrument monetization, we provide import financing that makes cross-border trade easier, more profitable and less risky.

Import Financing Solutions We Provide

  • Import Financing Financial Instrument Monetization
  • Accounts Receivable Financing
  • Letters of Credit
  • Bank Guarantees
  • Invoice Factoring
  • Trade Financing
  • Asset Based Lending
  • Standby Letters of Credit
  • Forfaiting

Import Financing Solutions

Import financing is a specialized Trade Finance Solution used to finance the purchase of goods which are being exported from one country for the purpose of being imported into another country. Import financing makes far more sense than paying cash in advance for goods, even if you have ample cash on hand because import financing provides additional benefits well beyond payment methods.

Import financing solves many of the problems you face when sending money internationally. When you involve us as a third-party financier we can provide guarantees to both importers and exporters that ensure honest and transparent transactions.

To meet the growing demand for trade finance and minimize the impact of the global shortage of trade finance, Global Trade Funding offers a range of import financing solutions that will enhance your ability to trade globally, improve your cash flow and make your business more profitable, while also mitigating risk.

We bring global experience, unparalleled underwriting expertise and an impressive group of strategic partners to every deal, along with an expert deal team who work seamlessly to provide you the import financing your business needs.

Import Financing Methods

Letters of credit are the most widely used type of import financing worldwide. Letters of Credit are financial instruments issued by an importer’s bank that authorize the exporter to withdraw funds from the bank under certain conditions. Letters of credit are issued in favor of a named beneficiary (the exporter), for a stated amount, and with a hard expiration date. Letters of credit specify the terms and conditions under which payment will be made.

In order to draw payment from the importer’s bank, the exporter has to provide documentary evidence that the goods have been shipped in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the letter of credit. The documents required typically include an invoice or receipt for the goods and a bill of lading confirming that the goods have been shipped; insurance documents, inspection reports, and other export documents may be needed as well.

When an exporter presents correct documentation along with a demand to draw to the importer’s bank, the bank is obliged to pay, whether or not the importer has provided the funds to do so. Depending on the terms specified in the letter of credit, payment can be in the form of either a funds transfer known as a sight draft or a promise to pay which is known as a term draft.

A promise to pay often takes the form of a bill of exchange, which is a non-interest bearing note requiring the issuer to make payment at a specified time in the future. Bills of exchange can themselves be used as a means of payment since they can be endorsed over to another beneficiary. They can, therefore, help to ease cash flow pressures for exporters.

Sometimes, a trusted third party – usually a major international bank – acts as guarantor for a letter of credit to protect the exporter in the event the issuing bank defaults on payment. These are known as confirmed letters of credit.

Letters of credit eliminate the obligation of the importer to pay for goods prior to shipping, since the importer’s bank in effect guarantees that payment will be made when documentary evidence that the goods have been shipped is received by the bank. Letters of credit eliminate much of the risk inherent in international trade but can be expensive, and if too tightly specified they can be difficult to enforce, which is likely to result in expensive legal battles.

A less expensive but slightly riskier form of trade finance for imports are Documentary Collections. In documentary collections, the sale of goods is settled by banks through the exchange of documents. The exporter provides documentary evidence to his bank that the goods have been shipped, usually in the form of a bill of lading. The exporter’s bank forwards the bill of lading to the importer’s bank and, in return, receives payment in settlement of the invoice.

Settlement can be a funds transfer or a promise to pay, such as a bill of exchange. In documentary collection transactions the importer’s bank does not guarantee payment. If the importer does not accept the goods, the bank won’t pay. In documentary collections, title to the goods does not pass to the importer until payment has been made, so the exporter can recover the goods. However, recovering goods from locations in foreign countries can be difficult and expensive.

Trade Finance Learning Center

With more than 80% of the world’s trade depending on trade finance it is an essential segment of the financial services sector. It is also one of the least understood of the financial services. One of the things that undermine people’s understanding of trade finance is the absence of a single vocabulary. Do a search for the definition of import financing, for instance, and the top 20 results will provide 20 different definitions. We are creating a learning center with content that will help improve understanding of trade finance and its various component segments. Each of the below tabs provides the factual information you need to make good business decisions, beginning with important trade finance definitions.

Trade Finance Definition

The definition of Trade finance is the financing of international trade for the primary purpose of reducing risks involved in cross-border trade transactions which would otherwise be born by importers and exporters. Trade finance professionals use a range of financing methods and tools to facilitate the payment for goods to exporters, who require payment for the goods and services they sell from importers, who insist on receiving the right merchandise and is in good condition. Trade financiers provide the platform and financial infrastructure to minimize risk for importers and exporters and keep the pump primed on $18 trillion per year in global trade.

Import Finance Definition

Import financing is a segment of trade finance that exclusively provides financing for imports. Import financing includes a variety of financial products and services that have in common the similar purpose or objective of providing the financing that is needed to purchase and import goods from another country. Examples of types of import financing include import letters of credit, import bank guarantees, bank instrument monetization, open accounts and consignment purchases.

Export Finance Definition

Export financing is a segment of trade finance that exclusively provides financing for exports. Export financing includes a variety of financial products and services that have in common the similar purpose or objective of providing the financing that is needed to produce and ship export transactions. Examples of types of export financing include forfaiting, accounts receivable factoring, open accounts, consignment purchases and export letters of credit.

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Seffex Capital offer a range of very competitive trade finance options to fund imports, exports and commodities along with unparalleled underwriting expertise and unsurpassed deal structuring advisory services.


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