Special Types of Letters of Credit

  • Stephen A. Jones


A description of each variant to the standard commercial letter of credit is provided, together with an explanation of their use and risk profile. The operation and credit limit requirements of revolving and reinstateable credits are compared. The structuring of the master and counter credit to mitigate risk in a back-to-back LC facility is explained and contrasted to transferable letters of credit. The special features of oil credits are highlighted, and the use of letters of indemnity and shipping guarantees when bills of lading are not available for presentation. Pre-shipment advances and drawings under red and green clause credits are described. The risk considerations of negotiating a non-bank issued LC are also considered. The operation and use of synthetic credits are introduced.


Back-to-back letters of credit Letters of indemnity Non-bank issuer credits Oil credits Red and green clause credits Reinstateable credits Revolving credits Shipping guarantee Synthetic letters of credit Transferable credits 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen A. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.AXS Trade Finance Ltd.Solihull, West MidlandsUK

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