SBLC or the Standby Letter of Credit is a letter in the form of guarantee that says the bank will pay on behalf you. However, a lot of people still have very little knowledge of the SBLC or the standby letter of credit and that is why, here are a few things you should know about SBLC –
1. Letters of credit or the Standby Letter of Credit (SBLC) are sometimes referred to as negotiable or transferrable. The issuing bank will pay a beneficiary or a bank that is nominated by the beneficiary. As the beneficiary has this power, they may ‘transfer’ or ‘assign’ the proceeds of a letter of credit to another company.
2. SBLC or the Letter of Credits can be discounted but only if it is payable after 90 days or if it is transferrable. In this case the beneficiary has the privilege of assigning it to be payable to a funder. This is so that the funder will provide the beneficiary with a discounted value just after the terms of the letter of credit have been fulfilled.
3. In order to fund an SBLC or a Letter of Credit the bank has to receive typically any assets or cash as collateral in order to issue you a standby letter of credit. And there is a particular fee for the service and it comes as a percentage of the letter of credit value.
4. When it comes to governing the SBLC or the Letter of Credit, The International Chamber of Commerce Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits governs the way in which these instruments are to operate.
5. There is no non-payment procedure under SBLC. The fee must be paid in order to obtain an SBLC.
6. In case, if the bank who has provided you the SBLC fails to pay, (which is pretty rare), in that case, another stronger bank will pay on behalf of you.
There are plenty of reasons why you should invest in an SBLC as they are quite beneficial and you get a lot of benefits out of the same. However, you need to make sure that you are getting the SBLC from a trusted bank and you understand everything properly before you fund an SBLC.
The SBLC is a great way to grow your business both nationally and internationally and you should definitely consider investing on the same.