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Credit risk in trade finance transactions can be managed by implementing various risk mitigation strategies. Banks can carry out detailed due diligence on the customer and the underlying transaction to ensure the creditworthiness of the customer and the transaction. Banks can also monitor the customer’s credit profile on a regular basis and set appropriate credit limits. Banks can also structure transactions to reduce the credit risk such as setting up an escrow account, collateral, guarantees and insurance. Banks should also have proper documentation and monitoring of the transactions to ensure timely performance by the customer and payment of fees. Finally, banks should have a well-defined credit risk management policy and procedure to ensure that risks are managed effectively.
It is possible to reduce credit risk by shortening the payment durations extended to accounts that have a greater credit risk. Further mitigating risk and reducing investments in receivable accounts will be accomplished by shortening payment periods for additional accounts that are excessive.
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