L/C Financing

What is L/C financing?

A letter of credit (L/C) is an internationally recognised payment and hedging instrument. It is an integral part of the global trade finance scene. An L/C represents a bank's abstract obligation to pay the exporter, named in the L/C as the beneficiary, upon presentation of the conforming documents. The L/C also serves as a guarantee for the importer: the exporter only receives payment after proving they have met their obligations (for example, machine delivery).

Financing by deferred payment

According to this type of L/C, the exporter does not receive payment immediately upon delivery, but instead at a later period specified in the L/C. In this case, the L/C serves as a financing tool for short-term periods (usually between 30 and 360 days).

L/C post-financing

L/C post-financing is a financial instrument whereby the bank in the exporter’s country issues a mid-term loan (approx. up to two years) to the importer’s bank, which opened the L/C. You benefit from later payment, whereas Plasser & Theurer receives the amount of the supply contract upon presentation of the L/C conforming documents. Depending on the customer’s creditworthiness and that country’s credit rating, an additional guarantee may be necessary; it may take the form of a bank or an ECA guarantee.

Costs of L/C financing

  • Deferred payment: L/C fees with the issuing bank and the financing bank from when it is opened until payment
  • Post-financing: L/C fees with the issuing bank and the financing bank from when the L/C is opened until delivery plus interest until payment
  • If applicable, costs for an additional guarantee (a bank or ECA guarantee)

Your benefits

  • Simplified process with short lead times
  • Common practice widely used by international banks
  • Our seasoned specialists provide support and guidance during the entire financing process