Securing financing for exports can provide critical help in maximising cash flow and securing payment. There is a range of financing options available, involving differing obligations, payment security and repayment periods. While much export finance consists of post-shipment finance with relatively short repayment tenors, the use of “supplier credit” and “buyer credit” can facilitate the placing of major orders by overseas buyers on credit terms of a much longer tenor. Among other methods, factoring and forfaiting both provide discounted cash up front.

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