Atrafin LLC, a leading player in international trade financing, has introduced an Export-Import (EXIM) financing arrangement tailored to support US-manufactured equipment and cover up to 50% of the value of locally originated goods and services. This flexible financing plan is designed to streamline the process for customers, reducing the need for local bank involvement, especially for those who have offshore accounts. In this blog, we will delve into the key points of this unique EXIM financing scheme, emphasizing its eligibility criteria, examples of local costs, local cost reimbursement, and the terms for the loan.
Eligibility Criteria for Local Costs:
To ensure that the EXIM financing covers relevant local expenses, Atrafin has set specific eligibility criteria:
Related to Scope of Work: Local costs must be directly associated with the scope of work of the US exporter, ensuring that they contribute to the successful execution of the project.
Certification: These local costs should be certified by the US exporter in an Exporter’s Certificate, guaranteeing their authenticity and necessity for the project.
Origin: Local costs must originate from or be carried out in the buyer’s country, ensuring that the funds are spent within the local economy.
Local Service Providers: In the case of services, they must be provided by a locally registered business entity, further supporting local economies.
Examples of Local Costs:
Local expenses that are eligible for coverage under Atrafin’s EXIM financing arrangement include, but are not limited to:
Import Taxes and Customs Duties: These fees incurred during the importation of goods can be significant, and Atrafin’s financing helps offset these costs.
Inland and Local Transportation Costs: This includes expenses for transporting equipment and materials within the buyer’s country, from ports to project sites.
Incidental Local Costs: These comprise additional expenses related to US services, such as lodging and living expenses billed in US dollars, which should be clearly listed on the invoice of the US exporter.
Costs Related to Scope of Work: These costs can vary depending on the project but might include expenditures related to building, infrastructure, utilities, and other site-specific requirements.
Local Cost Reimbursement:
Atrafin offers a straightforward process for reimbursing approved local costs:
Direct Reimbursement: Once approved, the local costs are reimbursed directly to the borrower’s account in US dollars. These funds can be used for various purposes, including repaying the loan in the future.
Proof of Payment: Reimbursement is contingent upon providing proof of payment, demonstrating that the borrower has made payments to the approved local supplier.
Foreign Currency Payments: In instances where local costs are invoiced and paid in the borrower’s local currency, reimbursement is converted to US dollars at the applicable exchange rate and can be sent to any bank, not necessarily a local one.
Atrafin’s EXIM financing comes with clear and flexible terms:
Down Payment: A 15% down payment in US dollars to Morrison is required at the time of the order.
Loan Terms: The loan terms, ranging from 5 to 10 years, are determined by Atrafin after conducting a financial review.
Payment Schedule: The first loan payment to Atrafin is due six months after commissioning, with the remaining payments scheduled bi-yearly. These payments must be made in US dollars, and the reimbursement of local costs can be utilized to facilitate this.
Atrafin’s EXIM financing for USA-manufactured equipment and local expenses offers an innovative solution to support businesses in international trade. This arrangement simplifies the financing process, reducing the reliance on local banks, while providing assistance for a wide range of local costs. The flexibility of the terms ensures that this financing plan can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each customer. If you have any inquiries or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Atrafin directly or get in touch with your local Morrison representative. Atrafin is here to help you navigate the complex world of international trade financing with ease.
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