Documentary collections | Royal Bank of Scotland

Documentary collections

Securely send and receive payments

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Why use documentary collections?

Documentary collections provide a secure way to make and receive payments during international trade. An exporter submits shipping documents and payment instructions to their bank once they’ve sent the goods. The bank obtains payment or an acceptance of a bill of exchange from the importer’s bank and releases the documentation. The banks involved in export collection don’t guarantee payment, so you should always check the buyer’s credit status before agreeing to use this service.

Ways our solutions could benefit you
Improved cash flow

When importing, you don't pay until you receive shipping confirmation – so you keep your cash for longer. When exporting, deferred payment collections can often be discounted with your bank.

Added security

Importers only pay once there's proof of shipment, so it's more secure than paying for your goods in advance. If you're exporting, you keep control of the documents until the goods have been paid for or a bill of exchange has been accepted.

Cost- efficient and easy to use

There's no need for a capital-weighted bank facility, and documentation is turned around quickly.

Universally regulated

Documentary collections are subject to globally recognised rules issued by the International Chamber of Commerce.

Enquire online

Simply tell us a little about your business and your needs, and we’ll be in touch by the end of the next working day to talk through possible solutions tailored specifically for you.

Alternatively, you can always talk to your relationship manager or give us a ring on the number below.

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Application for Export Collection

Export Collection factsheet

Import Collection factsheet

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