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International Trade and Finance
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Please note, due to COVID-19 some course dates are being offered through a virtual classroom

Credit and Finance books 


Financing of international trade includes such activities as lending, issuing letters of credit, export credit and insurance. Knowledge of these processes is essential for anyone working in an international trade environment responsible for ensuring payment on time, financing and overall efficient trade performance.

This course evaluates in detail the instruments of trade and payment performance, such as Letters of Credit and Bonds & Guarantees, and how businesses can use these instruments as part of a Trade Finance suite to maximise business profitability and working capital.


Learning outcomes

  • A strategic perspective on the payment and trade instruments of advanced international trade
  • Letters of Credit
  • Bonds & Guarantees
  • Leveraging Trade Instruments to win export contracts
  • SMART Exporting: receiving payment on time and in order
  • Credit Referencing
  • Retaining control through the export cycle
  • Where risk passes in the trade transaction
  • Maximising the working capital cycle in international trade
    • The Supply Side
    • The Stock Side
    • The Sales Side
  • Finance support from the UK Government
  • The role of UK Export Finance
  • Defining and implementing financial compliance
  • Compliance with Trade Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering regulation
  • The role and expectation of parties to the trade transaction
  • Managing Financial Risk
  • Financial liabilities that can arise
  • The risk of non-payment
  • Country risk
  • Currency risk
  • Project Finance


Who should attend

This course is most suitable for all people working in international trade that would get involved in international finance.

The departments within a business that this course would apply to are:

  • Customer Services
  • Export Administration
  • Shipping
  • Purchasing
  • Accounts and Finance
  • Export Sales Administration
  • Export Sales Management
  • Import Administration
  • Logistics
  • Technical Support
  • Distribution
  • Legal


The Presenter - Kevin Shakespeare FIEx

Kevin is a key member of the Institute’s management team and an energetic and self-motivated individual with a strong knowledge of education, trade and finance and international trade, built up over many years in senior management positions.

He has managed top 100 banking connections in HBOS covering International Trade strategy and procedures, including Sports Direct, Alexander Dennis and innocent Drinks.

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Member price - £299 + VAT

Non-member price - £399 + VAT


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This course is CPD certified - 12.5 points


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Dates and locations

Please note, due to COVID-19 some course dates are being offered through a virtual classroom

Start date    

   End date    


12/11/2020  12/11/2020 Virtual Classroom  Book Now


Related courses:    
Effective Incoterms    letters of credit    Advanced Exporting
Incoterms® 2020 Letters of Credit Advanced Exporting



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