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  • Types of International Payment for Import and Export Shipments

    Last updated on June 8, 2024 by Ben Thompson
    Importers and Exporters agreeing on payment terms for trade.

    Importers and exporters involved in global trade connect to negotiate and agree on the terms for goods to be sold. Buyers and sellers will agree to all product details, pricing, Incoterms®, method of shipment, delivery details and the agreed payment terms and payment methods. These details will be represented in Purchase Orders, Proforma Invoices and…

  • Download a Proforma Invoice Template PDF

    Last updated on April 16, 2024 by Ben Thompson

    A Proforma Invoice template is an important document used when selling goods Internationally. It can also be referred to as a “pro forma invoice” or “performa invoice”. In this article you can download a Proforma Invoice PDF template to use for global trade.

  • Countersigning Proforma Invoices, Purchase Orders and Sales Contracts used in Global Trade

    Last updated on February 5, 2024 by Ben Thompson
    Trade documents with digital signatures

    If you’re an importer, exporter or trading company then you would understand the process of countersigning and adding countersignatures to important sales contracts and documents. Countersigning proforma invoices, purchase orders and sales contracts requires both buyer and seller to add their company stamp or company seal, and their signature onto both documents.

  • How International Trade Finance Works For Exporters and Importers

    Last updated on May 19, 2021 by Ben Thompson

    If you’re an exporter or importer involved in global trade, getting access to International Trade Finance is a key part to succeeding in International trade. Global trade finance can also be known as pre export financing, import export finance or export invoice finance.

  • Guide | Create and Download a Proforma Invoice Template for Global Trade

    Last updated on May 7, 2020 by Ben Thompson
    Guide on how to create a Proforma Invoice template

    A Proforma Invoice document is an important document used when selling goods Internationally. It can also be referred to as a “pro forma invoice” or “performa invoice”. Buyers and sellers will negotiate the details of the products to be supplied, then the seller will create a Proforma Invoice document to confirm all details of the…

  • Foreign Exchange Payments | Podcast

    Last updated on April 28, 2020 by Ben Thompson
    Webinar discussing foreign exchange fluctuations for importers and exporters.

    In early 2020, COVID-19 caused disruptions to people and businesses in countries around the world.  For the first time, many shipping teams have been forced to work remotely from home.  The disruptions has also caused extreme volatility in foreign exchange markets over the world.

  • An Overview of SWIFT International Telegraphic Transfers and other International payment methods

    Last updated on February 18, 2020 by Ben Thompson
    SWIFT Telegraphic Transfers Explained

    If you’re involved in Global Trade you would be aware that importers and exporters agree to sell goods on agreed payment terms that usually involve a SWIFT Telegraphic Transfer, or T/T payment. Before products can be exported around the world the buyer and seller will agree on the terms of trade (including Incoterms®) then include…

  • The difference between accounting invoices and export invoices.

    Last updated on January 10, 2019 by Ben Thompson
    Sharing export invoices for global trade shipments

    Companies shipping goods Internationally need to provide export invoices to meet trade compliance What is the difference between an accounting invoice and an export invoice? Standard 'accounting invoices' contain enough information to cover the requirements for domestic sales and transactions.  The fields included on an accounting invoice is quite simple compared to an 'export invoice'.…

  • The difference between a Proforma Invoice and Commercial Invoice

    Last updated on January 10, 2019 by Ben Thompson
    A Proforma Invoice and Commercial Invoice template used in trade

    Proforma Invoices and Commercial Invoices are important documents used in the global trade process.

  • How to create Proforma Invoice and Purchase Order Documents for Export

    Last updated on September 5, 2018 by Ben Thompson
    Template of a Proforma Invoice and Purchase Order document

    First, a Proforma Invoice document is an important document that the seller of goods creates and shares to their buyer. When the buyer and seller have communicated the details of the products they want to order, the seller will create a Proforma Invoice document to to confirm the new order.

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