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Solutions for importers

Import services from HSBC - trading with confidence begins with trust

As your financial services provider, our full-suite of import services can help you protect your business as you expand into new markets.

Importing international goods carries its own set of risks. As a leader in international banking, HSBC can facilitate import letters of credit, import documentary collections, shipping guarantees or airway bill releases and import financing.

Facilitate payment, expedite shipment

It's vital that your suppliers meet your agreed contract terms before you release payment. Help secure your orders, minimize risk and improve your cash flow with an HSBC Import Letter of Credit.

Under a Letter of Credit, you are obligated to pay if the supplier presents compliant trade documents, even if the goods are damaged or do not meet your expectations. You can take additional steps to enhance protection by:

  • Verifying the supplier's reputation, financial standing and ability to produce the goods required
  • Obtaining samples of goods
  • Ensuring your Letter of Credit calls for a certificate of inspection from an independent inspection agency, certifying that goods meet the criteria of a clearly defined standard

Manage global trade transactions online in real time, anywhere, anytime1

Trade and supply chain solutions delivered through HSBCnet2 enable your organization to initiate and manage trade transactions for your global offices with access to real-time trade account information from anywhere, at any time. These solutions can increase efficiency, reduce waiting time and allow you to start your sales, sourcing and manufacturing processes earlier.

More information

To learn more, contact your Relationship Manager or trade and supply chain specialist today. Also, read more about HSBCnet's trade and supply chain capabilities.

United States persons (including entities) may be subject to U.S. taxation on their worldwide income and may be subject to tax and other filing obligations with respect to their U.S. and non-U.S. accounts. U.S. persons and entities should consult a tax advisor for more information.

1 Subject to U.S. sanction regulations.

2 HSBCnet features and functionality may vary by country.

3 Customer service hours of operation are Mon-Fri 8:00AM to 9:00PM ET and Sat 8:00AM to 4:30PM ET.

Trade and Supply Chain transactions may be subject to credit approval. Other restrictions, including specific country regulations may apply. Foreign currency exchange rates may apply to certain trade transactions. Certain products and solutions may not be offered in every market.

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