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Managing risk for international trade

Seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks of import and export

Understand and protect against risk

Payment risks

Trading internationally can seem riskier than trading in the UK. Exporters want to get paid on time. Importers want to receive their goods on time. Understanding your options is key to managing and mitigating payment risk.

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Foreign exchange risks

Exchange rate fluctuations pose a risk to any business that trades internationally. Our FX risk management services could help protect you against such volatility.

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Manage import and export trade risks

Reduce your import trade risks. Give your supplier assurance that you’ll do what you say. Our range of trade services could provide valuable trading confidence for both buyer and seller.

Documentary collections

A secure, simple and efficient method of collecting payment for the goods you export.

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Letters of credit                 

Cover your trade risk, with a guarantee of payment before you commit to sending goods.     

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Guarantees and bonds

Give your customers confidence that you’ll meet your contractual export obligations.

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Regulations that deal with risk

Understanding your responsibilities in international trade can be a challenge. The industry-wide standards and terms can be confusing. Familiarising yourself with the basics could help your business run more smoothly when trading across borders.


An internationally recognised way of clarifying responsibilities when goods are transported overseas.

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Uniform customs & practice

Official rules and regulations about letters of credit and documentary collections.

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An EU initiative that simplifies the process of making payments within the Eurozone.

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Get in touch


New customers

To discuss your unique banking needs, please call SolutionsLine on:

0800 210 0235
Text Relay 18001 0800 210 0235
Mon to Fri 8am-5.30pm (excl. public holidays)
Calls may be recorded.

Existing customers

Please contact your relationship manager.

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