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Introduction to Trade Finance

This course contains 4 hours of structured online training providing an introduction to trade finance.

The objective of this training course is to provide better understanding of trade finance products, principles and risk management.

This course is delivered in English, French and Russian.

Developed by Coastline Solutions in collaboration with EBRD.

The training is divided into 4 Modules:

Module 1: Financing International trade
This section looks at the key considerations you need to think about when getting involved in International Trade and how the Trade Finance Services of banks can help you.

  • The role of banks in facilitating international trade
  • Some of the challenges in international trade
  • The risks and costs of international trade
  • The difference between using Trade Finance Products for International Trade, compared to using traditional Local Bank Financing

Module 2: Trade Finance Products
The most common Trade Finance Products used in International Trade are Documentary Collections, Documentary Credits and Guarantees or Standby Letters of Credit and Trade Loans.

This section looks in greater detail at each product, identifying the benefits and risks to both the exporter and the importer and the product cycle from application to final payment.

Module 3: International Trade Documents
In this section we will outline the role of commercial and transport documents in facilitating international trade and finance.

We will look at:

  • The role of commercial and transport documents in international trade and finance
  • The most commonly used commercial and transport documents
  • Basic role of financial documents
  • How documents can on occasion be used to control the goods

Module 4: Assessment
The Assessment module provides trainees with the opportunity to test their understanding and practical application of trade finance products to undertake secure international trade business.

The training content is written by top experts in Trade Finance.

Each member of your staff can be trained to an approved standard regardless of location. Every trainee receives a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ on completion of a course indicating their personal results.

The training courses come complete with a Learning Management System so organisations can easily manage allocation of the training and keep track of trainees’ progress and results.

Value for money
With prices starting at €99 per trainee – and discounts for volume orders – our Introduction to Trade Finance online training is a very cost effective way to train your staff.

€199 per trainee

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