Letters of Credit

BSP offers Documentary Credit services to both the importer and the exporter.

A documentary credit is a guarantee of payment to the beneficiary (the supplier of goods or services) subject to all the terms and conditions of the documentary credit being met. Documentary credits may be payable at sight or after sight where extended terms have been agreed to.


BSP establishes the documentary credit in favour of the beneficiary (supplier) on the importer’s behalf with payment or acceptance made subject to presentation of compliant documents which are then forwarded to BSP for release to the importer enabling uplift of the goods.


BSP will receive the documentary credit issued in the exporter’s favour. Shipment of the goods occurs and documents are then presented to BSP. Subject to the documents being compliant with all the documentary credits terms and conditions payment or acceptance occurs with the documents then dispatched to the importers bank.

In both cases, by using BSP, there is control over the documents and therefore usually the goods and there is the additional comfort for the beneficiary of having payment or acceptance being guaranteed by a Bank.

Please contact your nearest Branch or one of our Relationship Managers to find out more.