Tailored Trade Finance

Giving you the ability to purchase your goods on extended payment terms
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Our trade finance not only funds the purchase of your stock (local or foreign sourced) on repayment terms that closely align with your cash flow cycle but also offers fully integrated import logistics services.  

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Speak to us about your trade finance requirements

Trade finance solutions tailored for your business:

  • Funding of local procurement
  • Funding of foreign purchases, in either rand or foreign currency
  • A fully integrated solution that funds and manages your imports 

We invoice on terms that match how you invoice your debtors thereby normalising your working capital cycle and enhancing your cash flow.

Optimise your cash flow through our leading Import Solution. An end-to-end offering for the purchase, import and repayment on extended terms from delivery. Localising your procurement through one partner. 

Value adding services

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Funding of goods

Suppliers often require part or full payment prior to shipping. This is a challenge for businesses that only receive payment from their clients much later in the process, especially when factoring in importation costs. We assist with:

  • Trade credit on all pre-delivery costs on post-delivery terms
  • Effectively localising the import transaction
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Movement of goods

Import businesses require their goods to be shipped, insured, and cleared before taking delivery. There are often avoidable delays, unexpected costs and accountability issues adding unnecessary complexity.  By introducing economies of scale and better service, we assist with:

  • Order tracking
  • Supplier claims management
  • Sea and air freight expertise, including the effective routing of your imports
  • Tariffing expertise and direct EDI clearance with Customs
  • Dealing with Customs, Port Health, and other
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  • Marine insurance and claims management
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Managing risk

Exchange rates can fluctuate dramatically between the time goods are ordered and when they ship and arrive. This can negatively influence a business’s import costs. Global supply chain challenges also add an additional layer of complexity which businesses are required to manage. We assist with:

  • Hedging of foreign exchange risk, including duty
  • Hedging of freight risk
  • Total cost visibility with a consolidated landed cost per item
  • A managed service allowing for better visibility and decisions for your inbound logistics and the ability to focus on what really matters in your business

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Discover how we can simplify and improve your global trade transactions to optimise your cash flow and lower your supply chain risks.

Quantum of funding required: Your business needs to be able to support a minimum lend of R5m (working capital) and R1m (asset finance).

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One point of contact for your inbound supply chain 

For importers, we are more than just supply chain finance; we also facilitate order tracking, hedging of foreign exchange risk, and management of the import logistics, including the provision of a consolidated total landed rand cost per item on delivery.  Providing you with real time notificatons on the status of your shipments, the ability to leverage our economies of scale, optimised lead times and a fully managed service for improved decision making.   

Import solutions explained

Find out how our fully integrated import solution removes all the complexities associated with the import process so that you can focus on what matters most, your business. Find out more about our Import Solutions offering
Find out how our fully integrated import solution removes all the complexities associated with the import process so that you can focus on what matters most, your business. Find out more about our Import Solutions offering

Greater visibility for you

Have greater visibility of your import supply chain on Investec.com, with interactive reporting which has been designed with you in mind 
Have greater visibility of your import supply chain on Investec.com, with interactive reporting which has been designed with you in mind 

Our trade finance solutions allow you to:

  • Release working capital

    Release your working capital tied up in the purchase and holding of stock

  • Access more

    Access more funding, as we place value on your pre-delivery stock

  • Strategically manage

    Purchase and manage stock more strategically

  • Improve control

    Improve control of your supplier relationships and costs

  • Report in real-time

    Access real-time, interactive online reporting

  • Lock in profit

    Know and secure your margin upfront

  • Use foreign income

    Optimise a natural hedge for purchases and sales in the same currency

  • Manage by exception

    Have full visibility and control of your inbound supply chain

  • Leverage economies of scale

    Gain competitive freight and clearing rates together with a proactively and better managed service

We think about your business like you do

We appreciate that your business is a lot more than a set of numbers and financial statements. We also know that business can be complicated and that funding your trade cycle can have a very real impact on your operations. Our value is that we can provide the right funding at the right time, allowing you to capitalise on opportunities and optimise your ability to grow profits.

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Choose a global trade finance provider with a proven record in supply chain funding and logistics management

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  • Disclaimer

    Investec For Business, a division of Investec Bank Limited. (Reg. No. 1969/004763/06) Investec Bank Limited is an authorised Financial Services Provider (FSP 11750) and a registered credit provider (NCRCP9). A member of the Investec Group. Import Solutions is a business unit of Investec for Business.