Uncertainty Hampering Trade Finance ICC Survey Shows

4547_image002The International Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 survey on trade and finance, released in June, has found that a continued shortage of trade finance for international trade remains a major challenge for economic recovery and development, with many traders depending on overdraft and other corporate loans to finance exports and imports.

The proliferation of new regulations in recent years has increased cost pressure on financial institutions and depressed markets. Some 65% of surveyed experts said implementation of Basel III regulations is affecting the cost of funds and liquidity for trade finance. While many changes have already been implemented or proposed, the regulatory future remains unclear due to lack of harmonization, which remains a major problem for trade financiers and their clients.

The ICC survey positively indicates that despite uneven performance around the world in 2012, the market for trade finance does show signs of slow and steady growth, with temporary trade measures imposed during the financial crisis – including the rise in fees for trade –slowly being removed.

“This shows that financial intermediaries are continuing to satisfy the demand for financing and that investing in trade assets is part of a more sustainable model of banking, said Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organization, in the survey’s foreword.

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Staff contact: Eva Hampl

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ICC Recognized for Trade Services

The ICC Banking Commission has won the Trade and Forfaiting Review
2013 Excellence Award for Best Non-Bank Trade Services Provider.

With 80 years of experience and more than 600 members in over 100 countries, the commission is ICC’s largest commission and has gained a reputation as the most authoritative voice in the field of trade finance.

The ICC Banking Commission rules and related services include rules and guidelines on documentary credits, UCP 600 – the most successful privately drafted rules for trade ever developed – and Bank Payment Obligation rules on supply chain finance.

The award follows the commission’s recent launch of new standards in the field of trade finance, including Uniform Rules for Forfaiting and Bank Payment Obligation and International Standard Banking Practice.  Both publications are available for purchase in the USCIB International Bookstore.

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Staff Contact:   Alice Slayton Clark

Director, Investment, Trade and China
Tel: 202.682.0051

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