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    Trade Finance

    Trade finance or trading loan is any financing that is provided for the purpose of conducting domestic and/or international trade between a buyer and a seller. Banks and financial institutions can be the providers of such financing and thus allow the transaction.

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    This kind of financing may allow an extra level of protection to the buyer and a quicker access to the funds generated by the transaction for the seller. There can be a few specific types of loans that are based on or provide support to traditional trade loans. Such can be documentary collection, trade credit insurance, factoring and forfeiting.

    Products offered under Trade Finance

    A trade finance or trading loan availed from most banks will normally have one or all of the following products and/or services –

    1. Letter of credit – An undertaking or promise given by the buyer’s bank to the seller that if the latter presents pre-specified documents to the buyer’s bank regarding a transaction as per a purchase agreement, the buyer’s bank will make a payment to the seller
    2. Bank guarantee – An undertaking or promise wherein a bank stands guarantee on behalf of an applicant in favour of a beneficiary. If in case the applicant fails to deliver to the beneficiary on pre-specified terms or agreement, the guarantor bank will make a payment to the beneficiary upon receiving a demand or a claim. The different types of bank guarantee can be mentioned as follows –
      • Tender Bond
      • Advance Payment
      • Performance Bond
      • Financial
      • Retention
      • Labour
    3. Bill Collection and Discounting – Herein, the seller’s bank collects the payment from the buyer or buyer’s bank for the goods or services purchased

    Benefits of Trade Finance

    • This type of financing scheme helps businesses handle international transactions seamlessly.
    • Customers can electronically process export and import documentary credits, guarantees, and collections.
    • Using this scheme, business owners can pay their client upfront, irrespective of their geographical location, without having to spend any money at the moment. Borrowers can repay the debt later to the concerned financing organisation within the predetermined period of time.
    • Businesses have the option to pay their suppliers using their local currency to reduce any currency risk that may come up later.
    • The greatest benefit of this scheme is that it guarantees security on the payments made to a supplier and helps improve the borrower’s relation with them.
    • The finances under this scheme are usually covered under an insurance policy.
    • This financing scheme helps improve the cash flow within a company by offering the required credit while helping it manage its trade cycles without impacting business relationships.
    • Using trade financing, the borrower can focus on its growth activities.

    Points to Remember Before Choosing Trade Finance

    • Since this type of financing method is majorly based on the past operations and credit history of the company, it can be difficult for new companies to avail this benefit.
    • This scheme can turn out to be extremely expensive if the borrower fails to make timely repayments.

    Eligibility Criteria and Details for Trade Finance (Trade Loan) Options in India

    Globally, eligibility criteria for availing a trade finance remains more or less the same. Since it is a loan by all means, most of the regulations and requirements of a conventional trade finance remain standard. Based upon specific banks, additional criteria might come into play, but on an average, the following conditions, if met, qualify a customer to avail a trade loan without any hassle –

    1. Age – As with any kind of loan, the interested customer must be of legal voting age or above and allowed to conduct business, either in partnership or proprietorship
    2. Business Age – The minimum years required for a business to be functional varies from bank to bank, but could be anywhere between 2 years to 4 years

    A few of the necessary details that are common to most trade finance schemes are mentioned below -

    1. Loan Limits – These again vary with differing banks, lower limits being close to INR 15,000 to INR 30,000. The upper limits could be decided as per the need of the customer and the limits set by the bank. Generally, a maximum of INR 2 crores to INR 3 crores can be approved
    2. Loan Tenure – Tenures for repayment of the loan can be as high as 60 months and can be as low as decided by the customer or permissible by the bank
    3. Loan Security – Most banks will allow securities in the form of mortgaged land (excepting agricultural land), National Savings Certificates, government bonds or fixed deposits with the bank. Some banks might also accept life insurance policies in the name of the borrower, partner, proprietor or director as security
    4. Margin on Loans – Based on the security provided, the margin allowed by different banks could vary between 5% to 45% of the provided security

    Documentation required for availing a Trade Loan

    Being a Secured Loan, there are specific documents that need to be furnished for a borrower to avail a trade finance scheme without any hassle. The most common documents required while applying for a trade loan are as follows

    1. Balance sheet/profit-loss statement for the past 2 to 3 financial years
    2. Declaration of annual sales along with tax returns
    3. Assessment of sales tax/income tax
    4. Stock statements
    5. Proof of insurance of premises and/or stock

    Trade Finance Reviews

    • ICICI Bank Personal Loan
      "Good overall"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My personal loan is with ICICI Bank and it was a good experience. The process is good and the loan was provided to me on time and as needed. The rate of interest and the processing charges is nominal and there are no hassles in the after loan services.
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      , jorhat
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Excellent experience"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The experience is good overall at Bankbazaar as they contacted me on time and informed me the details. The process was easy as I was able to get my details on time. The website is also good and it is informative and useful as well. From next time will apply for loan through this channel.
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      , jorhat
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "ROI is high"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC Bank has offered me a personal loan with a zero processing fee. The rate of interest is on the higher side. It is of 16%. After the document collected the loan got approved. But the disbursement took very long, I got the loan after almost 25 days.
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      , jorhat
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Satisfactory"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      There are no hassles with Bankbazaar, as I received a response on time and there are no issues to get connected with the bank. The portal is also good and it is easy to understand and use and apply for the loan. There are follow up calls as well in the process.
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      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Experience is good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken my personal loan with HDFC Bank. The customer services and response is good and I got the loan with ease and on time. They are also normal on the rate of interest and processing charges. In all no hassles in the documentation process.
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      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Fast process"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      The experience with Bankbazaar is good and there are no hassles in the process. The customer services and response is very fast. They been on time to contact me and they are helpful too. The website is also good and it is easy to understand and place a request.
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      , haridwar
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Need to improve overall"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      After me applying for a personal loan with HDFC Bank. The documents was collected on time. After which the process for the loan took three weeks which is almost like 25 days to get the funds. I have not received the loan letter yet. I have not got any confirmation about the EMI due date and also what is the interest rate and processing fees.
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      , haridwar
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Personal Loan
      "Satisfactory"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a personal loan with ICICI Bank. The customer services are good and the process was on time. I did not face any delay and the documents was collected on time. I received the loan within a week. The rate of interest and the processing charges is normal.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Supportive services"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      There were no delay with Bankbazaar.com, and the customer services and the response is good. They were on time to contact me and inform me the details. The website is also satisfactory and it is easy to understand and it is informative as well. Mr. Vijay was very supportive in the whole process.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good. Can do better"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      HDFC Bank has also offered me a personal loan. The process was quick and I got the loan on time. The rate of interest is of 18% and there were processing charges as well. The loan amount is not as expected. I asked for 5.5 lakh and I received 2.5 Lakh.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Excellent experience"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Bankbazaar has been really good overall. The website is satisfactory as I can check the bank offers. The services was on time to contact me and inform me the details. There were follow up calls as well in the process. In all a hassles free experience.
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      , kochi
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good overall"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had my personal loan with HDFC Bank. The process to get the loan is good. The documentation is normal too. I needed a loan of five lakhs but I received only two lakhs for the rate of interest of 10%. There was a processing fee as well. The customer support is fine.
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      , kochi
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Services are satisfactory"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      There were no hassles at Bankbazaar.com as the contacted me on time and informed me the details. The customer services and response is good and there are no issues. The website is also fine and it is easy to use and understand and place a request.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Personal Loan
      "Experience is good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a personal loan with Indusind Bank. The process to get the loan is fine. The rate of interest is around 11.5% with a zero processing fee. The loan was provide on time and the documentation was collected on time too. I received the loan amount as expected.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Good. Can be more quick"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      After I applied at Bankbazaar I received a call and the process started off for the loan. I got the details of the banks and their offers. The website is also easy to use and it is informative as well. It would be better if the process is more sooner.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good. Can be more sooner"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have taken my personal loan with HDFC Bank. The process to get the loan was delayed, I got it after one and half week. The documentation was collected late. The rate of interest of 11.25% and there was a processing fee too. The loan amount was as expected.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Awesome one stop shop "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Various option available in Bank Bazaar, rather going to direct financier. here we can analyze the real information in website without going anywhere. I am using the site for past 2 months, the portal is good to post the request. The customer support team gave me the proper information.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • Tata capital Personal Loan
      "Satisfactory Experience"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am satisfied with Tata Capital documentation part and they have fulfilled the commitment on my personal loan. The interest rate is quite nominal they gave me the same thing which provided by other banks. Even the door step documentation process is good.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • Axis Bank Personal Loan
      "Reduce the charges"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I took my personal loan in Axis Bank before 4.5 years back and its been completed before 5 to 6 months have taken top-up loan. The customer service is very good. The charges are more compared to other banks. The loan duration is 5 years. Monthly installment is 5600 rupees through net banking.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The customer service and response was better. I have been using the bank bazaar website for past 2 years, It was helpful to take credit card,loans and to check the credit score. Am comfortable with the mobile app. Most I like the responsibility is very good and process was simple.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
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