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International Trade Finance. Financing Exports



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Syllabus of the Subject

Finance of export/ import transactions. International risks: foreign exchange

Letters of Credit / Foreign Trade Finance

  1. Introduction to the international trade finance
  2. Export/import financing
  3. Pre-shipment finance
  4. International risks: payment, foreign exchange, counterparty, and delivery
  5. Country risk
    1. Sovereign risk
    2. Credit ratings
    3. Evaluation and classification of the Country Risk
  6. Corruption perceptions index
  7. Export credits (OECD)
  8. Bank-guaranteed trade finance (documentary trade)
    1. Not-bank-guaranteed trade finance
  9. Supply chain finance
  10. Purchase order finance (pre-shipment finance)
  11. Inventory finance (warehouse)
  12. Case Study
    1. The case of Thailand and South Africa
    2. Introduction to the Islamic Banking
  13. FOREX
  14. International Bonds and Guarantees

Country Risk


The aims of the subject “International trade Finance” are the following:

  1. To familiarise the student with the various methods of finance both for exports and imports
  2. To understand the risks associated with the foreign trade operations
  3. To know how to manage the pre-financing and export financing

Online Student (Master International Business Foreign Trade)

The Subject “International trade Finance” belongs to the following Online Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:

Course: Payment Methods.

Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade and Marketing.

Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade (MIB)

Doctorate: Global Trade.

Doctorate in International Business (DIB) Online

Diploma: Foreign Trade.

Diploma in International Trade

Languages: Masters, Doctorate, International Business, English or Study Doctorate in International Business in French Financement Study Master Doctorate in International Business in Spanish Financiación Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Financiamento.

Credits of the Subject “International Trade Finance”: 4 ECTS.


International Trade Finance.

There are two basic forms for Financing Foreign Trade transactions:

  1. Import finance
  2. Export finance

Both can be performed in the currency of the exporter (for example, Euros) or any other fully convertible currency agreed by both parties.

In the second case, the company assumes certain risks as the exchange rates difference. However, it can also profit from trading in another currency if there is a rise in the foreign currency value.

The financial transactions in Foreign Trade can be performed in the currency of the exporter/importer or a third currency.

In many cases, the export companies must facilitate financing for their clients mainly due to the market requirements. In the Foreign Exchange Market, the dealers trade in currencies.

Product and service exports, foreign direct investment and foreign loans forms the currency supply whereas the currency demand consists of imports, foreign direct investment and other factors.

These operations stimulate the buying and selling of currencies in a market governed by the supply and the demand. If a payment for a service provided or for a product 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:

  1. Payment Risk
  2. Performance Risk
  3. Foreign Exchange Risk
  4. Interest Rate Risk
  5. Counterparty/Bank Risk
  6. Country Risk
  7. Delivery Risk

The underlying commercial contract should clearly state the.

  1. Description of the products
  2. Delivery terms, when and by what means the payment is to be made
  3. Required documents, which will allow the importer to obtain the delivery of the goods and to arrange the clearance through the customs
  4. Currency in which the settlement is to be effected and
  5. Any specific requirements attaching to the shipment

Sample - International Trade Finance:
International Trade Finance

Country risk is caused by political (unwillingness to repay) or economic (inability to repay) events in a particular country. Normally, the country risk is measured as transfer risk or cross-border risk, which is another terminology used to describe the country risk.

The Sovereign risk is the risk of the Government, or Government-related entity, making the payment. The Country risk embodies both govern and commercial risk.

Corruption Perceptions (TI)

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


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