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Documentary letter of credit

A documentary letter of credit is a bank's obligation to make a payment to the letter's beneficiary after the latter presents the documents confirming all the conditions set in the letter have been met.

Settling payments by using letters of credit has its advantages. It allows importers to make sure that the specified volume of certain goods is shipped on time and under specific conditions. Exporters have the bank's guarantee that they will receive the payment for their goods, and thus the risks of failure to receive the payment are reduced to the minimum.

Using letters of credit requires more detailed consideration of payment terms for both the buyer and seller. EVROFINANCE MOSNARBANK specialists provide advice at this stage lest the clients should lose all the risk-reducing advantages offered by this way of payment.

EVROFINANCE MOSNARBANK offers a comprehensive set of services related to documentary letters of credit:

  • Opening covered and uncovered letters of credit;
  • Opening "reserve" (stand by) letters of credit;
  • Changing terms of letters of credit;
  • Advising export letters of credits and amendments to them;
  • Transfer of a transferable letter of credit;
  • Acceptance and examination of the beneficiary's documents on advised letters of credit for further forwarding them to the issuer bank to receive payment there;
  • Requesting payments on advised letters of credit, placement of export sales revenues;
  • Acceptance and examination of documents sent by foreign banks to check if the payment is correct;
  • Issuance of reimbursement guarantees;
  • Making payments on open letters of credits;
  • Discount operations on documentary transactions (discounting bills, drafts, documents under documentary letters of credit);
  • Analysis of payment terms and/or drafting letters of credit by clients' requests.

EVROFINANCE MOSNARBANK complies with the effective Uniform Rules for Documentary Credits and Uniform Rules for Bank-to-Bank Reimbursement under Documentary Credits (published by the International Chamber of Commerce), international banking practices and the effective Russian legislation on currency control.

Ruble letters of credit are gaining increasing popularity as payment method in the domestic market today, as they provide business partners with better security in respect of contractual obligations. When paying with a letter of credit, the bank, acting at the payer’s instruction to open a letter of credit (issuing bank), undertakes to make payment to the payee against the latter’s presenting documents compliant with all of the terms of the letter of credit, or to authorize another bank (nominated bank) to make such payments. The issuing bank, the payee’s bank, or any other bank may act as the nominated bank.

Evrofinance Mosnarbank offers a full range of services for payments in the form of letters of credit:

  • Opening secured (deposited) letters of credit;
  • Opening revocable and irrevocable letters of credit;
  • Amending the terms of letters of credit at the client’s request, extending and canceling letters of credit;
  • Accepting and verifying documents pertaining to letters of credit;
  • Analyzing, at the client’s request, the payment terms of the contract and/or drawing up draft letters of credit.


Application for Issuance of Letter of Credit

Letter of credit application form

Tariffs for documentary letters of credit for legal entities



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Main office address:
29 Novy Arbat
Moscow 121099

Phone: +7 495 967 81 82
Phone: +7 499 300-9832
Fax: +7 495 967 81 33

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