Report on Foreign Trade Operation of AB Bank Limited (Part-3)
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5.8 inland letter of credit (ILC)

ILC means L/C within the same country. This type of L/Cs is opened when seller does not believe the buyer though they are in the same country and also in the cases where the sales contract is of a big amount. ABBL has couple of ILC.

5.8.1 Settlement of local bill

The settlement of local bills is done in the following ways –

  • The customer submits the L/C to the branch along with the documents to negotiate
  • The branch officials scrutinizes the documents to ensure the conformity with the terms and conditions;
  • The documents are then forwarded to the L/C Opening Bank;
  • The L/C Issuing Bank gives the acceptance and forwards an acceptance letter;

Payment is given to the customer on either by collection basis or by purchasing the document.

A LBPD Register is maintained to record the acceptance of the issuing bank. Until the acceptance is obtained, the record is kept in a collection register.

5.8.2 modes of payment for export bills under L/C

Broadly payment methods under a L/C are as follows-

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I) SIGHT PAYMENT CREDIT: In a Sight Payment Credit, the bank pays the stipulated sum immediately against the exporter’s presentation of the documents.

II) DEFERRED PAYMENT CREDIT: In deferred payment, the bank agrees to pay on a specified future date or event, after presentation of the export documents. No bill of exchange is involved. In UBL, payment is given to the party at the rate of D.A 60-90-120-180 as the case may be. But the Head office is paid at T.T clean rate. The difference between the two rates us the exchange trading for the branch. Another two types come under the same heads. These are as follows-

  1. NEGOTIATION CREDIT: In Negotiation credit, the exporter has to present a bill of exchange, payable to him in addition to other documents, that the bank negotiates.
  2. acceptance  CREDIT:   In   acceptance   credit,   the   exporter  presents  a   bill   of exchange payable to him and drawn at the agreed tenor (that is, on a specified future date or event) on the bank that is to accept it. The bank signs its acceptance on the bill and returns it to the exporter. The exporter can then represent it for payment on maturity. Alternatively he can discount it in order to obtain immediate payment.

5.8.3 advising L/C

When export L/C is transmitted to the bank for advising, the bank sends an Advising Letter to the beneficiary depicting that L/C has been issued.

5.8.4 Test key arrangement

Test key arrangement is a secret code maid by the banks for the authentication for their telex massage. It is a systematic procedure by which a test number is given and the person to whom this number is given can easily authenticate the same test number by maintaining that same procedure. ABBL has test key arrangements with so many banks for the authentication of L/C messages and for transfer of funds,

5.8.5 Export Financing

To meet up the cost of the goods to be exported, the exporter may require Bank finance. Besides, he may require finance for godown rent, electricity bill, freight etc. Even after shipment of the goods, exporter may require Bank finance to meet-up his current expenditure up to repatriation of the export proceeds. There are two types of export finance:

i) Pre-shipment Finance

Pre-shipment investment is finance, allowed by a Bank to an exporter, to meet the cost up to the shipment of the goods to overseas buyer. The purpose to the investment is to purchase Raw materials or finished goods or manufacturing processing. Packing and transporting the goods.

ii) Post -Shipment Finance

There is a fine gap between export of the goods and realization of the proceeds. So exporter may require finance in that period to continue his business. So bank may finance against export documents ensuring the following:

a.   Export documents comply with the credit terms.

b.   Buyer is bonafide.

c.   Party’s past performance is satisfactory.

d.   Any other security in case of export under contract.

5.9 Settlement for Export Claims

In terms of export policy order 1997-2002 of exchange control Manual Bangladesh Bank, produces of export bills must be repatriated within a maximum period of four months. This is period may be extended by Bangladesh Bank on reasonable grounds, it has already been pointed out that side by emphasis has also been given on settlement of the foreign buyer’s claims arising out exports, as quick settlement of export claims is an indirect incentive to the overseas buyer for our products. If the buyer becomes reluctant to accept discrepant documents without discount. like may allow discount on the request of the exporter, if discount is less than 10% of the export value, subject to post facto approval from export promotion Bureau. If the discount is more than 10% prior approval is required is required. Foreign commission, brokerage or other trade charges related to export might be allowed up to 5% without Bangladesh bank permission, but for more than 5%, permission is required. In case of export of books, journals, and magazines, 33% discount id allowable. Export claim may be deducted from the bill value or may be remitted against claim after full realization of the export proceeds.

5.10 A Simple flowchart of Export Business Mechanism

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Wings of Foreign Exchange: Remittance

6.1 Introduction

Remittance means sum of money remitted from one place to another. We send money from one place to another through post office, Banks etc. When money is transferred from one country to another then it is called foreign remittance. In all respect ABBL follows exchange control manual published in I986 by Bangladesh Bank.  Respect of foreign remittance we are to follow that manual and circular time to lime from circulated Bangladesh Bank.

6.2 What is Remittance?

Remittance means transfer of money/funds from one place to another. Money fund goes comes from one place to another through post office, Bank, etc.

6.3. Types of Remittance

  • Inward Remittance
  • Outward Remittance

Inward: Inward remittance means remittance received from foreign countries or abroad.
Outward: When foreign currency transferred from home country to other country them it is called foreign outward remittance.

6.4 Instrument of Remittance-

1.   Cash

2.   TC (Travelers Cheque)

3.   FDD (Foreign Demand Draft)

I.   TT (Telegraphic transfer)

5.   MI (Mail Transfer)

6.   PO (Payment Order)

7.   IMO (International money order)

8.   Cheque etc.

Foreign currency A/Cs under WES which plays a vital role on our all foreign exchange are opened by Bangladesh Nationals serving and earning abroad having income from sources other than Bangladesh (FCAD, FCAP, PC AY, RCADM). It is noted that current A/C also plays a vital role in foreign business.

Upon approach by the PLS A/C holder the respective A/C is opened by A/D
amongst others as under-

1)   Filling properly the relative A/C opening form.

2)   Obtaining declaration

3)   Copy of passport- 1 st 7 pages i-e- upto visa (original PP to produce)

4)   Service contract.

5)   Letter of authority

6)   3 PP size photos of the A/C holder

7)  1 PP size Photos of the nominee

8)   Signature cards due and both A/C holder and nominee etc.

6.5 Foreign Remittance (Inward)

Inward remittance coining in to our country from other countries financed by the purchases of freely convertible foreign countries by A/D defeat to non Resident Thana A/Cs of foreign banks.

6.5.1 Purposes of inward Remittance

1. Indenting commission

2. Donation

3. Family maintenance Draft

4. Export proceeds

5. Foreign investment

6. Others.

6.6 Foreign Remittance (Outward)

When foreign Currency transferred from home country to other it is called foreign outward remittance. Generally it includes all the remittance of invisible items: in broad sense it also includes the remittances against visible items.

On March 24, 2004 Bangladeshi Taka was declared convertible for current account international transaction. As a result remittance becomes more liberalized.

Outward remittance include sale of Foreign Currency by T.T, M.T, Draft, T.C or in cash for private, official and commercial purpose.

6.6.1 Who can remit?

a)        Any Bangladeshi Nationals who want to travel can remit/bear foreign currency up to a minimum limit fixed by Bangladesh Bank from time to time.

b)        Exporters for business travel as per quota fixed by Bangladesh Bank

c)        Student who are residing abroad for study purpose having permission from

Bangladesh Govt./Bangladesh Bank.

d)        Medical treatment and other purposes having Bangladesh Bank permission.

e)         Bangladeshi Nationals warring abroad can also remit out of balance held in their foreign currency A/Cs against direct remittances.

f)         Foreign Nationals, Diplomatic missions, Embassy, juridical persons etc. Working/ residing in our country may also remit out of the fund already remitted to our country.

g)         Foreign nationals come to our country for visit purpose and on cash foreign currency into local currency may also remit in freeing currency upto maximum limit of his convened amount.

h)         In Foreign National those who are working in our country also remit out of their salary subject to approval of a Bangladesh Bank’ Bangladesh Bank/Bangladesh Govt. (excluding f)

i)          Importers may also allow remitting foreign currency for their import as per import policy of Bangladesh Government.

j)          Any persons who want to take sample from abroad may also remit foreign currency as per Bangladesh Bank Rule

6.6.2 Instrument of Outward Remittance

a)   Cash (say US Dollar, Stg. SRL etc.)

b)   TC (Say US Dollar, Stg. SRL etc.)

c)   T.T (Telegraphic transfer or cable transfer).

d)  M.T (Mail Transfer).

e)   P.0 (Payment Order).

f)   I.M.O (International Money Order).

g)   Cheque etc.

6.6.3 Papers/ document to be obtained for out ward remittance

a)    For Import Imp. Form duly signed.

b)   Oilier than import T/M form to be filled in.

c)    Permission from Bangladesh Bank if and when required.

d)   Papers regarding on casement when issued foreign travels.

e)  Declaration signed by the applicant in case of issuance or foreign currency for membership,   fees   for   application,   registration,   admission   examination (TOFEEL, SAT etc.)

6.7 Present limit for outward remittance

A. Private Remittance

I) Family Maintenance:

a)  Foreign nationals working in Bangladesh may remit 50% of salary and 100% of leave salary as also actual savings and admissible pension benefits for their family maintenance.

b) Moderate amount of foreign currency for maintenance abroad of family members (spouse, children, parents) of Bangladesh nationals are allowed.

II) Membership/Registration fees etc;

ADs are allowed to remit membership fees of foreign professionals and scientific institutions and fees for application, registration, admission, examinations in connection with admission into foreign educational institutions, supported by demand notice1 or letter of the concerned institution.

III)  Education:

ADs may release foreign exchange favoring Bangladeshi students staying   abroad   or willing   to   proceed abroad for   study.   According   to   the following drill :

i.          Application by the student as per prescribed format

ii.         Admission letter issued by the concerned institution

iii.        Estimate relating to tuition fee lodging and incidental expense issued by the concerned institution

iv.        Attested copies of educational certificates

v.         Valid passport

IV)    Travel:

Private travel quota entitlement of Bangladeshi national is set at US$ 3,000 per year for visit to countries other than SAARC member countries and Myanmar. Quota for SAARC member countries and Myanmar is US$ 1,000 for travel by air and US$ 500 for travel by overland route.

V)  Health and Medical:

The ADs may release up to US$ 10,000 for medical treatment abroad on the basis of the recommendation of the medical board.

VI) “Foreign nationals

a)     The ADs may issue T.C. to foreign nationals without any limit and currency notes up to US& 300 against surrender of equivalent foreign currency.

b)    ADs may allow re-conversion of unspent taka fund of foreign tourist exchange on production Encashment Certificate of Foreign Currency

VII)    Remittance for hajj:

ADs may release F.C. to the intending pilgrims as per institutions / circular to be issued by Bangladesh Bank each year.

B) Official and business travel / travel quota for new exporter

ADs may release up to US$ 6,000 to a new exporter for business travel abroad against recommendation of EPB.

travel quota for importer

1. Subject to annual upper limit of US$ 5,000 importers are entitled to a
Business Travel quota @ 1% of their imports settled during the previous
financial year.

2.  Local products are also entitled to a Business Travel quota as above.

C.   Exporters retention quota

Merchandise exporters may retain up to 40% realized FOB value of their export. It is 7.5% for export of goods having high import content.

6.8 MONEY TRANSFER:

Foreign Remittance through Exchange House
For Inward Remittance, AB Bank established extensive drawing arrangement network with Banks and Exchange Companies located in the important countries of the world.

Ria financial services:

RIA Financial Services, Inc. (“Ria”), a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT) and a leading global money transfer company, money transfer can be done worldwide in over 85 countries. Since being set up in 1987 Ria has become the third-largest global money transfer company. It provides a fast, reliable and secure money transfer service using quality technology to ensure easiest and fastest ways to send money to Gambia.

AB Bank ltd has signed an electronic fund transfer (EFT) agreement with Ria Financial Services, a US-based worldwide money transfer company, says a press release. Ria Financial Services has a network of more than 11000 agents & 100 retails worldwide. It mainly operates in 48 US states,Canada, Europe,Asia,Australia 7 the Dominician Republic.This new service will give expatriate Bangladeshis around the world hassle-free remittance facilities. Kaiser A. Chowdhury, Presedient & Managing director of AB Bank Limited & juan Bianchi, President & CEO of Ria Financial Services, signed the agreement on behalf of their sides in Dhaka.

7.1 Introduction

The banking sector of Bangladesh played an important role towards economic growth of Bangladesh. From the beginning of financial year 2009 Bangladesh Bank took initiatives in reforming financial sector. Steps for prevention of money laundering, loan write off policy and effective measures to gain accountability and transparency made banking operations more acceptable. As a result, the image of banking sector has been elevated. Bangladesh Bank also identified five core risks areas for management of the banks and provided necessary guidelines for implementation. Those are: Foreign Exchange Risk Management, Asset Liability Management, Prevention of Money Laundering, Credit Risk Management, Internal Control and Compliance. This initiative will bring in overall discipline in the sector and enhance operational profit. AB Bank also maintains the rules and procedures impose by BB and try to overcome the adverse situation and contribute in the economic growth of the country.

7.2 IMPORT

Here the IMPORT  from year 2005-2009 are analyzed and try to show its impact:

Particulars20092008200720062005
Import Business83911.5178540.4961399.449596.741432

Export Business76240.7776465.6255790.4246234.631285
Foreign Remittance2452.331428.46710.32343.8223

This chart simply shows in 2009 import business stood at Tk. 83911.51 million as compared to the volume of Tk. 78540.49 million in 2008.from 2005 to 2009, it is increasing.

International trade is one of the important components of the AB Banks foreign exchange business. Major Import finance was in the areas of food items, textiles & scrap vessels among others.

MAJOR IMPORT BY AB BANK(FIG.IN CRORE)

YEAR20052006200720082009
Food Items

1300

1200

1700

2500

3000

Textiles

500

400

500

900

1000

Scrap Vessels

200

350

200

880

845

Import as a per month from 2008 to 2010 are given below:

MONTH201020092008
JANUARY

50.9

34.06

33.37

FEBRUARY

29.2

27.68

25.34

MARCH

69.14

34.69

52.69

APRIL

66.24

49.24

38.09

MAY

77.32

33.79

39.97

JUNE

87.51

29.65

49.64

JULY

90.12

41.23

11.25

AUGUEST

55.38

42.23

90.96

SEPTEMBER

86.07

46.47

46.45

OCTOBER

73.24

48.6

53.28

NOVEMBER

94.54

51.08

56.85

DECEMBER

86.78

30.01

55.92

MAJOR IMPORT BY AB BANK(FIG.IN CRORE)

YEAR20052006200720082009
READYMADE GARMENTS

500

700

1000

1200

1300

KNITWEAR

250

200

150

400

500

FROZEN FISH

100

80

80

100

100

INDIGENOUS PRODUCTS

100

50

50

100

168

Import as a per month from 2008 to 2010 are given below:

7.3 EXPORT

AB Bank Export volume growth was 15.67 percent as the total export reached tk. 76240.77 crore at the end of the year 2009. Export business concentration was in the area of frozen fish, readymade garments, knitwear & other indigenous products.

AB Banks foreign correspondence relationships is spread across the world converting important financial centers including important financial houses. This network of over 300 correspondents has helped bank in expanding its international trade.

EXPORT BUSINESS

YEARTK. in Million

2005

31285

2006

46234.6

2007

55790.42

2008

76465.62

2009

76240.77

Export business of the bank increased a little bit during the year 2009 but less than the year 2005 and 2006 & 2007. Export business handled by the Bank during the year 2009 amounted to Tk. 76240.77 million of the preceding year.

Export as a per month from 2008 to 2010 are given below:

EXPORT L/C(NEGOTIATED/BILLS FOR COLLECTION)

as a per month from 2008 to 2010

YEARTK. in Million

2005

223

2006

343.8

2007

710.32

2008

1428.46

2009

2452.33

7.4 Remittance

YEARTK. in Million

2005

223

2006

343.8

2007

710.32

2008

1428.46

2009

2452.33

The volume of foreign remittance in the year 2009 stood at Tk. 2452.33 million as compared to Tk. 1428.46 million in the preceding year registering an increase of 23.74 percent. Because extensive use of the technology along with large delivery has significantly fostered the growth of ABBL remittance business. ABBL has seen a successful year in 2009 in terms of expansion of its remittance business through its correspondent and exchange houses.

INWARD REMITTENCE, RECEIVED DURING THE MONTHLY BASIS FROM THE YEAR 2008 TO 2010

MONTH201020092008
JANUARY

1.9

1.84

1.97

FEBRUARY

1.67

2.16

1

MARCH

1.75

2.31

1.24

APRIL

1.68

2.73

1.46

MAY

1.61

2.82

1.22

JUNE

1.63

2.78

1.19

JULY

1.52

2.54

1.75

AUGUEST

1.83

2.03

1.83

SEPTEMBER

1.8

2.98

1.65

OCTOBER

2

2.98

1.32

NOVEMBER

2.09

2.24

1.86

DECEMBER

1.69

1.87

1.59

From this graph, it has beeb shown that in 2009 it was the better compare the left two years. As a per month there is a variation from month by month.                                        

7.5 Comparison of Three Wings

YEARIMPORT BUSINESSEXPORT BUSINESSREMITTANCE

2005

41432

31285

223

2006

49596.7

46234.6

343.8

2007

61399.4

55790.42

710.32

2008

78540.49

76465.62

1428.46

2009

83911.51

76240.77

2452.33

The amount of Foreign Remittance is always lower than others and then the Import is higher than the Export. It’s been same as in all the year. The amount of remittance has been increasing year by year but very little. This trend same in Import section as increasing but the amount of Export is been remain same by last two years.

7.6 Conclusion

During the last five years, the foreign trade financing of the Bank has witnessed steady growth. The AB Bank Ltd, under Bangladesh Bank’s rules & regulation, try to be more flexible to the clients to increase the profit from the Foreign Exchange year by year. Thus ABBL committed to the clients by their services and it has been proved by their last five years of Foreign Trade profile.

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