Understanding the types of standby letters of credit.
A standby letter of credit is the bank's undertaking of fulfilling the applicant's obligations. A standby letter of credit is issued as collateral and is therefore not intended to be used as a primary payment method like commercial letters of credit. Standby letters of credit will be liqudified only if the applicant default of its responsibilities under the underlying contract.
Standby letter of credit is a mixture of "commercial letter of credit" and "demand guarantee". Standby letters of credit have the same structure as commercial letters of credit whereas their role is almost the same as demand guarantees.
Structure of a standby letter of credit :
According to ISP 98, International Standby Practices, "A standby is an irrevocable, independent, documentary, and binding undertaking when issued and need not so state.". These are also the main characteristics of the commercial letters of credit.
Role of a standby letter of credit :
The role of a standby letter of credit is that the issuer will “stand by” to perform in the event of the account party’s non-performance or default.
Standby Letters of Credit Types
A “Performance Standby” supports an obligation to perform other than to pay money, including for the purpose of covering losses arising from a default of the applicant in completion of the underlying transactions.
An “Advance Payment Standby” supports an obligation to account for an advance payment made by the beneficiary to the applicant.
A “Bid Bond/Tender Bond Standby” supports an obligation of the applicant to execute a contract if the applicant is awarded a bid.
A “Counter Standby” supports the issuance of a separate standby or other undertaking by the beneficiary of the counter standby.
A “Financial Standby” supports an obligation to pay money, including any instrument evidencing an obligation to repay borrowed money.
A “Direct Pay” Standby supports payment when due of an underlying payment obligation typically in connection with a financial standby without regard to a default.
An “Insurance Standby” supports an insurance or reinsurance obligation of the applicant.
A “Commercial Standby” supports the obligations of an applicant to pay for goods or services in the event of non-payment by other methods. Source : ISP 98 preface.
What are the main types of stand-by letters of credit?
After giving standby letter of credit definition, we have a look at the role and structure of SBLC. Then we explain types of standby letters of credit such as performance standby letter of credit, advance payment standby letter of credit, bid bond / tender bond standby letter of credit, counter standby letter of credit, financial standby letter of credit, insurance standby letter of credit, commercial standby letter of credit.