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A payment method that reduces risk and strengthens your negotiating position.

Features and benefits

  • Ensures a supplier has met your terms and conditions before you pay them
  • Strengthens your negotiating position by offering a guaranteed payment
  • Can be used to improve cash flow
  • Protects you and your supplier's interests
  • Can be used to increase the credit period a supplier is willing to give
  • Documentary Credits (DCs) issued by HSBC will be widely accepted as payment assurance by suppliers and their banks
  • Can be used in place of deposits and advances financed by import loans, overdrafts or your own cash reserves

How it works

A DC is an undertaking by a bank to pay a supplier for goods or services within a prescribed time limit as long as clearly defined terms and conditions have been met.

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