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The latest trends, technology and insights in the world of international trade, supply chain and receivables finance from Trade Finance Global. Tune in for updates on


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The latest trends, technology and insights in the world of international trade, supply chain and receivables finance from Trade Finance Global. Tune in for updates on






Sibos special: BAFT’s Tod Burwell, on the last century of trade and transaction banking

We have just finished the marathon, that is SIBOS Virtual, a festival of trade, treasury and payments. So what better way to celebrate, than to be joined by the CEO of the Banks Association for Financing Trade (or BAFT), Tod Burwell. Full transcript here:


The evolution of SWIFT

Today we’re talking about messaging. I’m sure we all have messaged before, humans might use whatsapp or messenger. Computers might use application programming interfaces, or APIs. Dogs bark at each other, dolphins message through using soundwaves. But what about banks? How do banks message one another? Often banks need to talk to each other, confirming beneficiaries, recipients, payment amounts, and details of goods and services of their clients and transactions. SWIFT is the financial...


Italy perspective - The future of open banking: automatic IBAN, PSD2 and APIs

The current banking landscape is going through a makeover. PSD2 and open banking has it’s advantages, but there are also many opportunities to continue to level the playing field, share risks and revisit the rules. The Pandemic has driven the acceleration of open banking, from automatic IBAN and Identifier checking, to increased partnerships via APIs. Today, discussing, the importance of open banking ecosystems and the need for global digital transformation, I’m joined by Industry expert...


Digitising trade: the time is now

World trade is central to economic growth and as we emerge from the pandemic, trade is paramount in enabling the global economy to recover. We’ve discussed trade digitisation and its many facets for some time now, but the pandemic has now rendered this critical, potentially a tipping point for scalable progress in digitisation. But it’s not easy. Digitising a complex ecosystem involving myriad actors, rules and regulations, sprawled across both physical and financial supply chains in...


The freight crisis: HGV driver shortage, shipping blockages and the digital future of freight

Global supply chains have been and continue to be deeply impacted by the changes that have taken place in the last 12 months. From the Suez canal debacle which showed just how interconnected global supply chains truly are, to the current shortage of HGV drivers in the UK which poses a serious threat to supply lines to schools and hospitals, it is fair to say that the industry is, currently, facing significant challenges. Is the industry at a breaking point? And what can we learn from these...


WOA Insights: Receivables rebounding and the role of open account finance post COVID-19

Open account business - buy now, pay later - drives economic activity worldwide. And during times of volatility, uncertainty and of course, the pandemic, the need for solutions when it comes to receivables finance has never been more pronounced. With more market participants, the rise of non-bank lenders, a drive towards digitalising the open account ecosystem, there’s a lot going on. So today, I’m joined by the two co-founders of WOA, Erik Timmermans and John Brehcist. Full transcript:...


Chief Economist insights: are iron ore prices propping up global trade?

Today we’re talking about some of the changes in trade in goods volumes, over the past 12 months. A lot has changed. We’ve had a commodity supercycle, with prices surging despite low volumes and amidst the pandemic, trade tensions continue all around the world. World trade of goods has declined some 12% in the last year, representing a loss of $22 trillion USD of trade. Is it all doom and gloom for trade, or will we see a resurgence? Data also lies at the heart of this problem, with siloed...


ICC Banking Commission’s Lynn Ng on the need to simplify trade

The ICC Banking Commission is one of the leading global rule-making bodies for the banking industry, producing universally accepted rules and guidelines which are vital in facilitating trade-led growth and development. From the Uniform Customs and Practice rules for documentary credits to rules on collections, demand guarantees and electronic rules, ICC’s rules underpin trillions of dollars worth of trade going through banks each year. TFG’s editor, Deepesh Patel spoke with Lynn Ng, ICC’s...


Electronic Documents and English Law: the roadmap to digital trade documents

If sustainability and blockchain aren’t the biggest buzzwords in trade finance right now, it’s MLETR - the model law on electronic transferable records. In this episode, we discussed the realities of implementing the United Nations Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records into local markets, an incredibly important advancement in accepting electronic signatures, with Sarah Green, Law Commissioner, English Law Commission. Full Transcript Here:...


Sanctions: Rolls Royce, on the tactical complexities of voluntary reporting

Reporting Export Incidents, whether on a voluntary or involuntary basis, as well as investigating non-compliance in relation to trade finance operations, is of huge importance to multinationals, banks and policy makers. With that in mind, Spencer Chilvers, Head of Export Control Policy, Rolls-Royce to discuss export controls, the current sanctions environment, and the future, on Trade Finance Talks! Full Transcript Here:...


Trade Finance Week presents: African Trade - Digitalisation, Compliance and Sustainability - Standard Bank and Afreximbank

As part of Trade Finance Week by ICC Austria, we continued Trade Finance Week, with an African view on global trade. For trade and supply chains in Africa, access to trade finance, the past 15 months have been incredibly tough for lives, livelihoods and economies, particularly in emerging developing markets. But trade must go on. If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many efforts to rethink the way we do trade. Is paper really necessary and is there a way that we can rethink...


The LIBOR transition and trade finance

By the end of 2021, it’s anticipated that these rates will be discontinued, transitioning to the Sterling Overnight Index Average, or SONIA for short, and, for US Dollar benchmarks, the Secured Overnight Financing Rate, SOFR). But what does this mean for trade finance, trade finance documents such as Master Participation Agreements, products, and what are the current recommendations? Full transcript here:...


Sustainable Trade Finance

Trade finance has a significant role to play in sustainable development and ESG, which extends to addressing global challenges around climate change, human rights and biodiversity. The banking industry is certainly making progress towards their sustainability mandates, which is no longer a ‘nice to have’, rather, a business imperative. But if we are to jointly work towards the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, raising truly understanding the benefits of sustainable...


Enigio - Bring back paper documents! Is the document the missing part of digital trade puzzl

Digitalization often takes over conversations when it comes to making trade more efficient. It’s well documented that trade is an incredibly paper-heavy, inefficient, unsustainable business right now, but the insurmountable task of ‘digitizing trade’ is rather complex. Full transcript here:


Barclays - Can green bonds and indemnities reduce environmental impact?

ESG. Environmental, Social and Governance. Three words we hear more and more. But what does it actually mean? Both corporates and consumers are focusing on environmental and sustainability practices when making financial decisions. Consumers are demanding ethically and sustainably sourced products, and it’s leading to questions around the transparency of global value chains. As businesses look towards ESG factors in their trade finance decisions, we’re here today discussing whether financial...


Standby Letters of Credit (SBLCs) and their role in International Trade

We take a dive into the world of Letters of Credit (LCs) - non-structured, unfunded trade finance products - some of the essential tools in cross-border trade transactions. An LC is a payment undertaking that a financial institution issues on behalf of a buyer. There are many different types, and in this podcast, TFG gets an overview on Commercial Letters of Credit and Standby Letters of Credit (SBLCs). Full podcast and transcript here:...


Voice of the CBI: What is the UK’s Independent Trade Agenda?

In this podcast, as part of our UK trade series, we focus on 3 themes: what trade relationships in a post-Brexit world actually means for business, the role of trade when it comes to post-pandemic economic recovery, and the importance of international cooperation and multilateralism when it comes to boosting global trade. On the 1st January 2021, the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) came into effect, but there are many loose ends, and the transition is not yet complete. We...


CEPA or CPTPP? An Overview of UK-Japan Trade

Japan is the third-largest economy in the world, and one of the most open economies with 4% of global GDP. Once perceived a difficult market to enter, it has, over the past 30 years, grown to be a global powerhouse, from automotives and agriculture, to digital trade and innovation. Today’s podcast focuses on the Free Trade Agreement, FTA with Japan, more specifically referred to as the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, Or CEPA. The UK and Japan are major investors in each...


Multilateral Perspective - A Roadmap for Sustainable Trade Finance

TFG heard from ICC Banking Commission experts who are taking a step beyond the hype of sustainable trade finance, and looking at the role of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and development finance institutions (DFIs) on what sustainable trade finance means and what the industry must do. There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has also changed appetite here. Companies are under pressure to see what’s happening right across their supply chains, and tracing any items in them – from field to...


FCI: Views from the Board, Factoring and Receivables

One year ago, FCI members gathered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at FCI’s Annual Conference. Reflecting back, the 2018 factoring volumes stood at 2.7tn euros. For 2019, the volumes increased once again, by just over 5% YoY, at 2.9tn euros. What were the biggest challenges to the industry in 2019? 2019 saw extreme economic and political volatility, the rise in nationalism and protectionism, and of course, this led to a general slowdown in global trade. This was all before the coronavirus...