Pre-Shipment Credit


Pre Shipment credit is issued by a financial institution when the seller wants the payment of the goods before shipment. The main objectives behind pre-shipment credit or pre export finance are to enable exporter to:

  • Procure raw materials.
  • Carry out manufacturing process.
  • Provide a secure warehouse for goods and raw materials.
  • Process and pack the goods.
  • Ship the goods to the buyers.
  • Meet other financial cost of the business.

Types of Pre Shipment credit

  • Packing Credit
  • Advance against cheques/draft etc. representing Advance Payments.


Packing Credit

This facility is provided to an exporter who satisfies the following criteria

  • A ten digit importer exporter code number allotted by DGFT.
  • Exporter should not be in the caution list of RBI.
  • If the goods to be exported are not under OGL (Open General License), the exporter should have the required license /quota permit to export the goods.

Packing credit facility can be provided to an exporter on production of the following evidences to the bank:

  • Formal application for release the packing credit with undertaking to the effect that the exporter would be ship the goods within stipulated due date and submit the relevant shipping documents to the banks within prescribed time limit.
  • Firm order or irrevocable L/C or original cable / fax / telex message exchange between the exporter and the buyer.
  • License issued by DGFT if the goods to be exported fall under the restricted or canalized category. If the item falls under quota system, proper quota allotment proof needs to be submitted.

The confirmed order received from the overseas buyer should reveal the information about the full name and address of the overseas buyer, description quantity and value of goods (FOB or CIF), destination port and the last date of payment.


Advance against Cheque/Drafts received as advance payment

Where exporters receive direct payments from abroad by means of cheques/drafts etc. the bank may grant export credit at concessional rate to the exporters of goods track record, till the time of realization of the proceeds of the cheques or draft etc. The Banks however, must satisfy themselves that the proceeds are against an export order.

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