For businesses that export or import, letters of credit are the financial security in international trade.

  1. For businesses that export or import, letters of credit are the financial security of international trade. A letter of credit allows an importer to make sure that an order is filled and shipped before payment is made and the exporter is guaranteed that money will paid for the goods shipped overseas. The discounting of letters of credit allows exporters to get their money faster.
  2. Letter of Credit Discount (LC Discount) The Letter of Credit from the prime banks or financial institutions is considered as a complete security. A borrower can offer the LC to the lender and get the loan sanctioned. The loan amount may be up to 100% of the LC value. Once the Letter of Credit is executed the amount against LC is settled by the lender against the loan disbursed to the borrower.

Letter Of Credit Discounting helps the business persons to raise finance quickly for a shorter period of time.

The borrower and/or the guarantors have to provide the following documents to the banks or the lending institutions while submitting Business Loan Application. Certain documents may be demanded by the bank or the lending institutions in post sanction phase or on periodical basis.

  1. Address Proof : Latest Electricity/Telephone Bill or Receipt of Maintenance Charges or Valid Passport or Voter?s Identity Card or Purchase/Lease Deed/ Leave & License Agreement of Residence or Office Premises.
  2. Identity Proof : Valid Passport, PAN Card, Voter?s Card, Any other photo identification issued by Government Agencies.
  3. Business Proof : VAT/CST Registration No. or MIDC Agreement or SSI Permanent Registration Certificate or Warehouse Receipts or Shop & Establishment Act Certificate or Copy of Lease Agreement along with the latest Rent paid Receipt.
  4. Business Profile on Company?s Letterhead.
  5. Partnership deed in case of partnership firms.
  6. Certificate of incorporation, Date of Commencement of Business and Memorandum of Title Deeds, Form 32 in for Addition or Deletion of Directors in case of companies.
  7. Last three years Trading, Profit & Loss A/c. and Balance Sheets (duly signed by a Chartered Accountant wherever applicable).
  8. Last one years? Bank statement of the Firm.
  9. If existing loan, then sanctioning letter and repayment schedule of the same.
  10. Firm/Company?s PAN Cards.
  11. Individual Income Tax Returns of the Individual/Partners/Directors for last three years.
  12. Last one years? Bank statement of Individuals, Partners, Directors.
  13. SEBI formalities in case of listed companies.
  14. Share Holding pattern of Directors duly certified by a Chartered Accountant.
  15. List of the Existing Directors of the company from the Registrar of the Companies.
  16. Written & approved confirmation of having No Legal Suit filed against any of the directors. If any such legal suit or proceedings are pending then the details of such legal suit or proceeding.

The process of issuance of L.C discounting is as under:-

  1. Application form is accepted and acknowledged.
  2. Personal interview /discussions are held with the customers by the banks officials.
  3. Bank's Field Investigation team visits the business place/work place of the applicant. (All the documents submitted are verified by the bank with the originals so as to ensure the authenticity of the same.)
  4. Bank verifies the track record of the applicant with the Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited (CIBIL).
  5. In case of fresh projects the bank analyses the back ground of the applicant/firm/company and the Technical feasibility/financial viability of the project based on various parameters and also the existing market conditions.
  6. Depending on the size of the project the file is put up for sanction to the appropriate level of authority.

SANCTION AND ISSUANCE:

  1. On approval/sanction, the sanction letter is issued specifying the terms and conditions for the issuance of L.C discounting. The acceptance to the terms of sanction is taken from the applicant.
  2. The processing charges as specified by the bank have to be paid to proceed further with the issuance of L.C discounting.
  3. The documentation procedure takes place viz. Legal opinion of various property documents and also the valuation reports. (Original Documents to title of the immovable assets are to be submitted).
  4. All the necessary documents as specified by the legal dept., according to the terms of sanction of the loan of the bank are executed.

Issuance of L.C discounting takes place after the Legal Dept. certifies the correctness of documents executed.

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