Export (Documentary collection)Export (Documentary collection)

    When your company uses documentary collection as a method of payment, the importer's bank has control over the goods via the shipping documents that give access to the goods. The documents can only be delivered to the buyer after he has paid the amount due or signed a bill of exchange that falls due on a later date. Please note that banks have no payment obligations in documentary collections.

    Advantages of using collection as a payment method

    • The exporter’s bank monitors whether the payment is made or accepted.
    • The shipping documents stay in the banking system until the collection has been paid or accepted.
    • You can electronically initiate and manage your export collections.
    • You benefit from better liquidity.
    • They are easier to process than documentary credits.

    You should be aware, however, that if the goods are addressed to the buyer, the buyer will usually be able to have them released without presenting the transport documents, with the exception of bills of lading.

    For this reason, it might be prudent to address the goods to a transport firm or the buyer’s bank – although this requires the bank’s agreement.

    Whenever goods are shipped, there is no guarantee of payment. You could incur storage costs if buyer fails/delays to pay. 

    Direct collections

    If you wish to make your internal procedures even more effective and flexible, you can use our direct collection service. By using our online system, you can print the letter of instruction and send it directly together with the documents to the importer's bank. At the same time we receive an electronic copy of the letter of instruction which we use for registration in our systems. After this we handle the rest of the transaction for you.


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    Trade & Export Finance products and services

    Read More about our trade & export finance products and services in these booklets (PDF):

    Download factsheet on Documentary Credits
    Download factsheet on Int'l Guarantees
    Download factsheet on Collections
    Download factsheet on Business Online

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    Document Checklist
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