Finance of Foreign trade. Financing imports exports. Country risk



Learning unit: Finance of international trade. Syllabus:

- International trade finance.
- Finance of export and import transactions.
- Pre and Pre-shipment finance.
- International risk: payment, foreign exchange, counterparty, delivery...
- Country risk.
- Sovereign risk.
- Credit ratings.
- Country risk evaluation and classification.
- Corruption perceptions index.
- Case study.
     - The case of Thailand and South Africa.
     - Islamic Banking


  • To familiarize the student with various methods of finance both for exports and imports.
  • To analyze the fundamentals of foreign exchange markets, understand their functioning and examine some of the agents operating in these markets.
  • To learn about different types of international bonds and guarantees and how they operate.
  • We will also look at different methods of managing exchange risk. Forward exchange contracts and currency options will be examined in greater detail.
  • To gain a good understanding of Forfeiting, Factoring and Invoice Discounting.

Learning unit summary (International Finance):

There are two basic forms of finance of International trade transactions: import finance and export finance. Both can be performed in the currency of the exporter (for example, Euros) or in any other fully convertible currency agreed by both parties. In the second case the company assumes certain risks as to the difference in exchange rates, however, it can also profit from trading in another currency if there is a rise in the value of the foreign currency.

Financial transactions in foreign trade can be performed in the currency of the exporter, in the currency of the importer or in a third currency.

In many cases export companies must facilitate finance for their clients mainly due to the requirements of the market. In a foreign exchange market dealers Trade in currencies. Exports of products and services, Foreign direct investment, foreign loans, etc. Form currency supply whereas currency demand is formed by imports, Foreign direct investment abroad and other factors.

This learning unit "Introduction to exporting" is part of the:

Sample of the learning unit International Finance:
Finance international trade

Learning materials En or Fr Financement En Financiacion Pt

These operations stimulate the buying and selling of currencies in a market governed by supply and demand. If payment for a service provided or products delivered to a foreign client is in a currency other than in which the exporter usually operates, the exporter is exposed to the risk of exchange rate fluctuation.

In any exporting or importing transaction there is a range of risks to be considered including:
- Payment Risk
- Performance Risk
- Foreign Exchange Risk
- Interest Rate Risk
- Counterparty / bank Risk
- Country Risk
- Delivery Risk

The underlying commercial contract should clearly state the description of the products, delivery terms, when and by what means payment is to be made, the documents required which will allow the importer to obtain delivery of the products and to arrange clearance through customs, the currency in which settlement is to be effected and any specific requirements attaching to the shipment.

Country Risk

Country risk is caused by political (unwillingness to repay) or economic (inability to repay) events in a particular country. Normally, country risk is measured as transfer risk or cross border risk, which are other terminology used to describe country risk. The central element of transfer risk is the possibility that the borrower may not be able to secure foreign exchange to service its external debt due to economic or political risks of a country, despite accessibility of local currency.

Sovereign risk is the risk of the government or government related entity making payment. Country risk embodies both govern and commercial risk.

The Corruption perceptions index measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in 180 countries economies.

Corruption Perceptions (TI)

FOREX - International bonds and guarantees

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