• Trade services

    Want to buy or sell goods overseas, but also want to minimise risk? We understand that exporters face the risk of non-payment, for example, and that importers need to know that the goods that they have contracted to buy will be received in good order.

    We can provide you with several useful tools to help you manage these risks.

  • Documentary letters of credit

    If you are exporting you can ensure you are paid on time and in the correct amount using documentary letters of credit and leverage our banking network.

    If you are importing you can use this solution to ensure that the goods that they have ordered are shipped on time and in keeping with the terms of sale.

    Documentary Letters of Credit

    Documentary collections

    Both exporters and importers can gain security of payment or delivery through controlled release of shipping documents.

    Documentary Collections

    Foreign guarantees

    You can use guarantees or bonds to give new customers confidence in your ability to perform under a contract or make payment.

    Foreign guarentees

    Online trade services

    Online trade services provide a dashboard to enable you to manage trade transactions such as letters of credit and guarantees.

    Online Trade Services

  • Sign-up to our Trade Portal


    Get a 30 day trial or register for free permanent access as a Bank of Scotland customer.

    Register now

  • International Business

    Trading internationally can bring new benefits to your business. We’ll guide you through the next steps.

    Find out more