Trade finance: a recognised capacity to manage large and secured transactions

In 2018, Crédit Agricole CIB was recognised, for over three consecutive years, « Best Trade Finance Bank in Western Europe » by Global Trade Review magazine.

A wide range of products and services

Trade Finance covers the activities of securing and financing international trade transactions, by matching the different needs of exporters and importers. 

Around 120 Global Trade Finance experts from Crédit Agricole CIB, distributed throughout 24 countries, provide a wide range of products and services to power our clients’ ambitions and offer end-to-end solutions. These products and services include in particular:

  • All types of commercial and financial guarantees ,
  • Documentary transactions  (Documentary credits,  stand-by letters of credit, documentary collections),
  • Forfaiting  (discount without recourse of all types of trade receivables),
  • Reverse forfaiting* (payable discounting),
  • Structured Trade Finance  (involving  Export Credit Agencies, private insurers),
  • Suite of automated solutions : e-Trade

*forfaiting: Non-recourse purchase of trade receivables, export supplier's credit

Crédit Agricole CIB's strengths 

Our strengths are based on:

  • a dedicated international network with Trade Finance experts,
  • experienced  back-offices (documentary credits and guarantees), certified ISO 9001 in France, close to our clients,
  • a significant risk taking capacity thanks to :
    • our limits on 100  countries and more than 800 banks over the world, 
    • our partnership with banks (150  agreements signed worldwide) and insurers,
    • a highly recognized expertise to structure tailor made solutions adapted to our client’s needs.

Crédit Agricole CIB ranks among the top Trade Finance institutions and receives every year several awards:

  • In 2012, Crédit Agricole CIB was “highly commended” under the “Best forfaiting institution” category
  • In 2012, Global Trade Review (GTR) designated Crédit Agricole CIB a “deal of the year” for its leading role in the historical “Haramain High-Speed Rail” project (Mecca-Medina railway) in Saudi Arabia
  • Crédit Agricole CIB has been the 1st bank in the world to go live on SWIFTNet Trade Guarantees.
  • In 2014,  IFC Deal ( Synthetic Securitization)  awarded Deal of the year  by “Risk Magazine and Trade Finance Magazine.
  • In 2014, Global Trade Review ranked Crédit Agricole CIB 2nd Best Forfaiting Institution.
  • In 2015, Crédit Agricole CIB was ranked 2nd Best Bank for Documentary Processing.