ICC issues its latest survey 'Rethinking Trade and Finance 2017"


The latest ICC Global Trade Finance Survey can be downloaded from the following link Here

Highlights from the SWIFT 2016 statistics, that can be found on pages 88 - 99 are:

Volume of MT700 messages was down 2.81% in 2016

Total number of letters of credit sent by MT700 in 2016 was 4,364,457 (of which 73% were issued by banks located in Asia)

The average value of a letter of credit was USD463,000

The percentage of letters of credit by type of availability were: 

Negotiation 73.2%, Payment 11%, Deferred Payment 8.7%, Acceptance 6.8% and Mixed Payment 0.3%

Confirmation instructions:

Without 88.8%, Confirm 7.4% and May Add 3.8% 


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