Now Available in USCIB International Bookstore: Uniform Rules for Bank Payment Obligations

4531_image002New York, N.Y., June 13, 2013Uniform Rules for Bank Payment Obligations (BPOs), a 21st-century standard in supply-chain finance that will facilitate international trade, is now available at the USCIB International Bookstore.

These new rules are set to revolutionize trade finance transactions. BPO is an irrevocable commitment made by one bank to another that payment will occur on a specified date after a specified event has taken place. It is an alternative instrument for trade settlement, designed to complement existing solutions, not to replace them.

The BPO provides the benefits of a letter of credit in an automated and secured environment, and enables banks to offer flexible risk mitigation and enhanced financing services to their corporate customers.

The rules were developed by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission, in partnership with the financial messaging provider SWIFT and take into account the expectations of all relevant industries and users. Reflecting consensus of the industry, the rules were unanimously adopted by the ICC Banking Commission in April.

“The importance of collaboration among the banking community is paramount today.” According to Michael Quinn, Co-Chair of the ICC URBPO Education Group, Chair of USCIB’s Banking Committee, and Managing Director of Global Trade at JP Morgan. Quinn went on to say, “we have case studies where banks are successfully using BPO in situations where there is high volume import, short shipment time periods and a need to provide liquidity to suppliers who are providing relatively low-cost retail consumer type goods.” Mr. Quinn also added, “this provides us with excellent examples of how BPO is being leveraged to facilitate trade without getting bogged down in the processing of documents.”

The speed of trade, the complexity of supply chains and the reliance on information and data today is overwhelming. Over the last 10 years banks and corporates have become focused on financing liquidity down supply chains to ensure products can get to customers. The financial crisis forced many companies to rethink their supply chain strategies and consider ways to ensure integrity down the chain while ensuring it remains liquid and appropriately protected. This, Quinn suggests, has led to a convergence of corporate needs for supply chain financing with banks’ need to support them in this and an ambition to reduce paper handling so that greater focus can be put on risk mitigation and financing.

The rules are set to go into effect on July 1. Order your copy today at USCIB International Bookstore.

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