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CHAPTER XXXIII NEGOTIATION OF SHIPPING DOCUMENTS. Instructions for Opening a Letter of Credit Examination of a Letter of Credit Common Discrepancies Negotiation with Discrepancies Documents for Negotiation Presentation of Documents. Negotiation.

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chapter xxxiii negotiation of shipping documents
CHAPTER XXXIII NEGOTIATION OF SHIPPING DOCUMENTS
  • Instructions for Opening a Letter of Credit
  • Examination of a Letter of Credit
  • Common Discrepancies
  • Negotiation with Discrepancies
  • Documents for Negotiation
  • Presentation of Documents
negotiation
Negotiation
  • Negotiation means the purchase by the nominated (negotiating) bank of drafts and shipping documents under a complying presentation by advancing or agreeing to advance funds to the beneficiary
  • An exporter presents a draft (a bill of exchange) and shipping documents specified in the letter of credit to a nominated bank or any bank if there is no nominated bank, which becomes a negotiating bank, to get paid.
instructions for opening a letter of credit
Instructions for Opening a Letter of Credit
  • Items usually included in the instructions to open an L/C.

(1) An Irrevocable letter of credit subject to the UCP of the latest version; UCP No. 600 (2007 Revision)

(2) Whether the L/C is to be confirmed by a U.S. bank or not.

(3) The name and address of the beneficiary: in favor of exporter.

(4) Whether the L/C is to be transferable or not

(5) Terms of payment such as at sight or usance

(6) Where negotiation or payment is to be effected

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Instructions for Opening a Letter of Credit

(7) Whether the payment is to be made in U.S. dollars or other foreign currency

(8) What trade terms are to be used: FOB, CFR or CIF?

(9) Coverage of marine insurance: Institute Cargo

Clauses (A) (Similar to All Risks), (B) (Similar to WA), (C) (Similar to FPA), or any special coverage such as a rejection clause

(10) Documents to be required for negotiation

  Commercial invoice

  Packing list

  Marine insurance policy or certificate

  Ocean bill of lading

  Other documents specified in the L/C

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Instructions for Opening a Letter of Credit

(11) Whether partial shipments are allowed or not

(12) Whether transshipments are allowed or prohibited

(13) Presentation period/date: A period of time for presentation of documents after shipment

(14) Ports of loading and unloading

(15) The latest shipment date

(16) The expiry date

examination of a letter of credit
Examination of a Letter of Credit
  • When a letter of credit is received, exporter must:

(1)Examine the conditions and documents specified in the L/C and determine whether he can meet them or not.

(2) If there are any conditions he cannot meet, request his buyer to amend the L/C asap before he starts manufacturing export goods.

(3) If the L/C calls for a time draft, have the L/C specify that the discount interest for the time draft shall be for account of accountee (importer), when agreement was a sight draft but L/C is opened with a time draft

(4) Exporter should hold off shipping the order until he receives an amendments to the L/C as requested.

common discrepancies
Common Discrepancies
  • A discrepancy: any inconsistence or difference from the terms and conditions stipulated in the letter of credit in minute details.

(1) Drafts

  • Draft amount is different from invoice
  • Draft tenor is different from the L/C
  • Wrong drawee
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Common Discrepancies

(2) Commercial invoices

  • Different merchandise description from the L/C
  • Invoices is not issued by the beneficiary
  • Insufficient copies are presented
  • Incorrect accountee's name and address are stated
  • Different prices from the L/C
  • Terms of trade such as FOB, CFR or CIF different from the L/C
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Common Discrepancies

(2) Commercial invoices (continued)

  • Marks and numbers of packages are different from all other documents
  • Weight is different from the L/C
  • Different currency from the L/C
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Common Discrepancies

(3) Packing list

  • Different description of merchandise from the L/C
  • Different number of unit, net weight and gross weight from the L/C
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Common Discrepancies

(4) Ocean Bill of Lading

  • Less than a full set of original B/L is presented
  • The B/L not properly endorsed
  • The B/L not marked with "On Board“ notation with shipment date and actual vessel name, if B/L contains the indication “intended vessel”
  • The B/L not properly consigned.
  • In the case of CFR or CIF, the term "Freight Prepaid" is not marked, that is, no indication of freight prepaid by the exporter
  • Merchandise description is different from the L/C
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Common Discrepancies

(4) Ocean Bill of Lading (continued)

  • Different ports of loading and/or unloading from the L/C
  • Notations on the B/L that the merchandise or packages are damaged
  • The B/L indicates the "On Deck" shipment
  • Stale B/L : Not presented within time limit after shipment as stipulated in the L/C : within ____ days after date of issuance of bills of lading
  • Late shipment: The bill of lading date marked later than the shipment date specified in the L/C
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Common Discrepancies

(5) Marine Cargo Insurance Certificate or Policy

  • Different coverage from the L/C
  • Insufficient coverage
  • Not the same currency as the L/C
  • Different merchandise description
  • The effective date later than the shipment date
  • Broker's cover note presented instead of insurance certificate or policy
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Common Discrepancies

(6) Other discrepancies

  • Not all documents required in L/C are presented
  • Documents are presented after the expiry date of the L/C
negotiation with discrepancies
Negotiation with Discrepancies
  • In case discrepancies are found by negotiating bank, exporter must correct the discrepancies.
  • If exporter cannot correct them such as the shipment date, then exporter should
  • request the issuing bank to amend the letter of credit to cover discrepancies or authorize to pay in lieu of discrepancies
  • At the same time, inform the buyer of the discrepancies and request his acceptance and amendment to the Letter of Credit.
  • Release shipping documents to issuing bank after the L/C is amended. Buyer’s acceptance of discrepancies are not enough. The Letter of Credit must be amended.
  • Do not send the shipping documents to the issuing bank of the Letter of Credit on a collection basis.
documents for negotiation
Documents for Negotiation
  • Depend on the stipulation in the letter of credit.
  • Exporter must present all documents specified in the letter of credit for negotiation.
  • Any missing document or incorrect document becomes a discrepancy.
  • Issuing bank of the L/C has under no circumstances an obligation to honor the draft and shipping documents with discrepancies.
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Documents for Negotiation
  • Common documents used in the international trade accompanying exporter’s Draft (Bill of Exchange)

(1) Commercial Invoice

(2) Packing List

(3) Ocean Bill of Lading

(4) Marine Insurance Certificate

(5) Any other documents if required by the L/C

      • Certificate of Country Origin
      • Consular Invoice
      • Inspection Certificate
      • Beneficiary's statement
presentation of documents
Presentation of Documents
  • Draft and all shipping documents must be presented to a negotiating bank together with the original letter of credit.
  • Presentation must be made within a specified period of time after shipment in the L/C, but not later than 21 days after shipment
  • A bank must determine whether or not presentation is a complying presentation in 5 banking days
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Presentation of Documents
  • If a nominated (negotiating) bank, a confirming bank, if any, or the issuing bank determines that a presentation does not comply,
    • it may refuse to honor or negotiate, then
    • it must give a single notice to presenter no later than the close of the 5th banking days.
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Presentation of Documents
  • The notice must state
    • The bank is refusing to honor or negotiate
    • Each discrepancy
    • The bank’s disposal of shipping documents:
      • The bank is holding documents pending instructions from the presenter or
      • The issuing bank is holding documents until it receives a waiver from the applicant & agrees to accept it or
      • The bank is returning documents or
      • The bank is acting according to the previous instructions from the presenter.
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Presentation of Documents
  • If a bank does not follow these negotiation and notice provisions,
    • The bank cannot claim that the documents do not constitute a complying presentation.
    • The bank must honor or negotiate.
  • A document presented but not required by the Credit will be disregarded.
  • If a Credit contains a condition without stipulating the document to indicate compliance with the condition,
    • Banks will deem such condition not stated and will disregard it.