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Trade Finance

You have ambitious plans for your company and so do we. Our Trade Finance specialists are continuously developing ways to help your business get ahead by offering a suite of traditional and non-traditional trade finance solutions to suit your needs. With risk management expertise that is second to none, the backing of a top financial institution and our web-based trade processing and reporting system, BMO Capital Markets can help you open up a new world of opportunities.


We provide the full trade finance capabilities and service commitment you expect from a leading financial institution, including the following:

  • Documentary Credits For clients who wish to manage the financial risk around their exports and imports documentary credits offer assurance of payment on their international trade transactions.

    • Export Letters of Credit
    • Import Letters of Credit
  • Standby Letters of Credit and Guarantees These instruments help clients to demonstrate financial capability to their suppliers or customers without having to provide cash as a security.

  • International Collections International collections are excellent tools to reduce the risk of international trade transactions by ensuring delivery of goods to a buyer only when payment has been received.

    • Clean Collections
    • Documentary Collections
  • Approval to Pay Approval to pay instruments may be used to specify a client's documentation requirements as condition for payment or authorize the Bank to process payment of the invoice on the due date.

  • Working Capital Solutions Our working capital solutions allow for greater control and transparency of accounts payable and receivable, improvement of cash flow and profitability and can promote deeper supply chain relationships.

    • Supply Chain Finance
      • Payables/Receivables Financing
      • Discounting of Accepted Collections
    • Government Assisted Programs
      • EDC Export Guarantee Program
      • Ex-Im Bank Working Capital Guarantee Program
      • Northstar Trade Finance Canada

For more information, please contact your Trade Finance Manager or the Trade Finance office nearest you.

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Best Supply Chain Finance Bank in North America