If you are an exporter, a vital consideration in international trade is the payment mode. Relying on upfront cash will eliminate the risk of non-payment. But it will also limit potential customers as buyers will have an issue with their cash flow. I have learnt that you analyze your customer and then offer five basic payment methods while making international trade. From an exporter’s point of view, the most to least secure payment modes include cash in advance, letter of credit, documentary draft or collection, open account and trade finance. However, an exporter’s safe payment method is always the least safe for an importer.