Who is a prime banker to check authenticity of letter of credit?


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Why LC with a prime banker is safe?


Who is a prime banker? How to check authenticity of letter of credit (LC)?Why LC with a prime banker is safe


In this article I would like to enlighten exporters/sellers in handling Letter of Credit under their sale of export products. I would like to share my experience in handling Letter of Credit which I firmly believe, these information helps you for smooth handling of export import procedures and formalities.


Here, I would like to share information about Prime Banker, Checking of authenticity of LC, Importance of Prime Banker in Letter of Credit etc.


You as exporters are happy, if your buyer/importer opens a Letter of Credit against the sale of export of your goods. As you know, after advance payment, best terms are payment under Letter of Credit. So any exporter is happy, if his buyer opens a Letter of credit against his supply of export goods. Under a Letter of Credit, amount of sale of goods is guaranteed by buyer’s bank.


Now, let us discuss – Are all Letters of Credit are safe? Are Letters of credit issued by any type of banks reliable? No. If your buyer agrees to open a Letter of credit against your supply of goods, you need to insist your buyer to open Letter of Credit with a Prime Banker.


Who is a ‘prime banker’ ?

 As per the details of assets and liabilities based on the annual financial report of

Who is a prime banker to check authenticity of letter of credit each bank all over the world, the authorities related to banking prepares prime bankers list. The prime banks are the banks that hold strong financial background with sound assets and have been serving people with best service. The prime banker’s data base are available with all major reputed banks all over world. You can check this data with your bank. Or your bank may help you to whom to be approached to get the said data.


So a Letter of Credit issued by a Prime Bank is safe for an exporter always.


My second tip to exporters while opening an LC is ‘check the authenticity of Letter of Credit (LC)’. What is meant by authenticity of Letter of Credit?


How to check authenticity of letter of credit (LC)?


I had a bitter experience during my career as Export Manager in an Export firm, about 15 years ago. My buyer has agreed to open Letter of Credit against my supply of export materials. He opened a letter of credit as per our export sale contract. However, once after receiving a copy by fax, I have sent my representative to check the authenticity of the Letter of Credit with my banker. Unfortunately, said Letter of Credit was opened with a co-operative society which they called as ‘Bank’. I do not want to mention the country name here, but please be alert on such fraudulent activities.

There are many banks all over world. Now days, after the introduction of globalization of trade, a number of banks and financial institutions have been introduced all over world with least restrictions within the country. Some of them have been working without any regulations by government also. These banks work under Society’s Registration Act, but name as “Bank”. As I have mentioned previously, you can approach your bank with the copy of letter of credit to verify the authenticity and check whether the said LC has been opened by a prime bank.


Why LC with a prime banker is safe?



The financial strength and reputation of prime banks among people are very high compared to other banks. So, the prime banks work professionally as per their standard banking norms. No individual or firm can influence to violate the banking rules and regulations especially the norms of international trade. This helps the clients globally to depend prime banks for smooth handling of export import business.


You can also read more information by clicking   Letter of credit - How does LC work?      What are the advantages of Letter of Credit to Exporter? How LC is benefited to Importer?   Are there any disadvantages to importer for a consignment under Letter of Credit?   What are the disadvantages of LC to an exporter?   Who are the parties involved in Letter of Credit?   Yes, I am sure, once after going through that articles you will have a good knowledge about Letter of Credit.

I have tried to explain the importance of opening a Letter of Credit with a Prime Bank, Checking of authenticity of a Letter of Credit and the importance of a Prime Bank for an exporter when opening Letter of Credit. I hope, I could satisfy you on these subjects about the tips to exporters when opening a Letter of Credit under export import of International Trade.


Would you like to add more information about opening an LC with a Prime Bank, checking authenticity of Letter of Credit or Importance of opening a Letter of Credit with a prime bank? Share your experience in handling Letter of Credit with a prime bank /non prime bank, checking authenticity of LC or other related issues about Letter of Credit as an Exporter.


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IRFANX: thanks... pleas educate me abt(import and export)terms,safety and securities.

srinivasan: hi i am planning to export the cargo under LC and i am getting scare that whether my payment get affected by buyer even if LC arranged...

Jignesh dave: thanks for fully information about letter of credit., its very very important point covered.,

EMINENCE DAISI: What is Letter of Credit negotiation in imports ? what process(es) is/are involved ? Bet Regards

jptan: I hv a frd , a buyer who plan to open a LC , for the purchase of material , known as Alpha model. Alpha model however , will not be supplied , but instead another totally different type of material is supplied, & which buyer had back to back agreement with seller. What i like to know is whether is this arrangement against the law. if yes, i will advise my frd, not to do this false LC.


Abubakker Siddique : I saw your blog http://howtoexportimport.com/ It's a really nice website where we can get lot of information, First of all Thank you I have two doubts 1) In todays internet world buyer are contacting from around the world. How to know is the buyer is genuine or not? 2) in export world which is the safe format to do business.


Darshan: Nice details but you could have added few examples of Prime Bank.

min htun: How can be measured is it Prime bank or not which we connect.

Abhay Aya: Hello Sir Thanks a lot for your nice explanations. However currently in India most of the exporters are going through a face where they are getting LC from 3rd country and not from importer country.. i request you to please explain whether those LC are safe.( to explain further for instance A of dubai wants to import from B of india and B agrees for LC of 90 days. No A give LC from Standard commerce bank USA. So whether B should export the goods. All the terms in LC are as per normal UCP terms. But still since A didnt open LC from his own country tit creates a doubt)

G Ramamohan Rao: Pl clarify whether negotiating bank under inland LC is responsible for KYC of his customer incldg. Verification of trade he is involved with reference to goods involved under LC. If the LC is negotiated for coal import is it not his duty to verify whether his customer is dealing in coal import and sale to buyer (LC opening party)

Mohinderji: Sir exporting S30 sugar to Vietnam top 5 prime Bank for LC by importers

ranju kc: I am from kerala. Am planned to export import soon. I need your valuable reply. 1-How can i select bank to open an current account? 2-What are all the facilities in bank for export import service

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