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Import Finance

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

XL Business Finance has recently helped a business import wine from France. Although the business had recently been formed and was therefore unable to obtain funding from a high street bank, the business had  a large confirmed order from a well known supermarket. The import finance company was able to provide a finance facility on the back of the confirmed order. 100% funding was provided to the customer to import the wineand upon delivery to the supermarket a factoring facility provided an additional 90 day funding. A complete funding solution was provided from start to finish. Stand alone import finance is also available but it certainly helps when it comes to obtaining funding if you either have confirmed orders or a track record

International Trade Finance Explained

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Trade finance can cover business exporting goods  and services ( export finance) or it can cover business importing goods and services ( import finance). Whilst certain high street banks can be very good at providing import and export facilities there are alternatives that can help businesses that are not eligible for bank funding for whatever reason. Again with any type of funding it is possible to obtain alternative views from specialist and independent trade finance company that can provide viable, flexible and competitive alternative to the banks. It is quite often possible to obtain a higher level of funding due to their expertise in particular market.

Cashflow problems?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Just over a week into the new year we have already had several enquiries from businesses having cash flow difficulties following the Christmas break. The first enquiry was for a printing business looking to refinance existing machinery in order to reduce the monthly payment.

In addition the business was applying to its bank for EFG funding of £40k. In our opinion a business that has had some trading difficulties is unlikely to be eligible for bank support even with the banking of the EFG scheme. However the customer didn’t realise that not only could we reschedule the repayments on his main press but we can also release any additional equity. And guess what based on the current trade valuation we can refinance the press, release an additional £50k and provide a monthly repayment no more than he is paying at the moment. Happy days. Well until the cash runs out.

The second enquiry we had was for a timber business importing wood from Eastern Europe. The business until recent years had been fully supported by a high street bank providing a small overdraft and an import finance facility. The business being under pressure from the bank to reduce its exposure came to us for alternative funding arrangements. We were able to introduce the business to an independent trade finance company and as yet we are still awaiting the outcome. Whilst alternative funding is never a guarantee there are alternatives to the banks and it is just a case of knowing who does what!

Import Finance explained

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Basically there are two types of import finance. Firstly there is the type whereby you are importing pre sold golds and import finance is provided on the basis that you have pre sold the goods. Secondly there is the type where you are importing goods however they have not been pre sold and as such funding is providing based on your track record of selling these goods.

Funding for pre sold goods is certainly more straight forward and is available for most types of businesses and products. Perishable goods become more difficult to fund for obvious reasons. Businesses that have been told by their bank that they are not eligible for funding have a very good chance of obtaining funding via the more flexible and independent trade finance companies. The finance company not only can provide funding for the import element but it can also provide funding via invoice finance as soon as your goods are delivered to your customer and an invoice is raised. Therefore it is possible to obtain funding from start to finish. The finance company does this by taking title of the goods at the start of the transaction and not releasing title until the goods have been paid in full via your end user.

Banks tend to provide trade finance based on the track record of the business. Their exit route is not necessarily the guaranteed sale of the goods to your end user but is based on the ability of the importer to sale the goods and repay the facility. Therefore from a high street banks point of view a  business must be well established , profitable and ideally bank with themselves to be considered for funding.

XL Business Finance has over 10 years of experience and expertise in helping business choose the right funding solution

Import Finance

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Import Finance enables a business to theoretically import goods and sell them to an end user without having to use any of their own cash. Providing there is a reasonable margin within the deal and the goods have been presold then an import finance facility will dove tail nicely with a factoring or invoice discounting facility.

This type of trade finance facility isn’t readily available from high street banks. A bank will provide a trade facility for a business to import goods however any facility provided will be done so against the strength of the business and profitability . In many circumstances a bank will also want additional security such as a charge over property. A bank type trade facility will only enable the strongest of businesses to obtain funding.

However a specialist trade finance company will proive a seamless facility for most types of businesses to new starts to businesses which maybe have had some trading difficulties. On providing evidence that the goods have been presold funding can be obtained to import these goods. Obviously the finance company will take title during the process. On delivery an invoice will raised to the end user. Either the invoice is paid in full and the trade facility is repaid or the invoice is discounted via a factoring or invoice discounting facility enabling the end user to sell the goods before having to pay for them. Assuming there is more than 20% profit in the transaction the factoring facility or invoice discounting facility will pay 80% of the invoice and hence again pay the trade facility in full.

 
 
 

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