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  • Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body February 28, 2020
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 28 February 2020, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.
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  • US donates USD 600,000 to further developing countries’ trading capacities February 25, 2020
    The United States contributed USD 600,000 (CHF 590,000) in 2019 to help developing and least-developed countries (LCDs) participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation will finance training workshops for officials from WTO member governments to help them deepen their understanding of multilateral trade rules and strengthen their negotiating capacity.
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  • Lithuania donates EUR 50,000 to enhance developing countries’ trading capacity February 24, 2020
    Lithuania is contributing EUR 50,000 (CHF 53,000) to help developing and least-developed countries take an active part in global trade negotiations. The contribution was acknowledged by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo at a meeting with Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, on 24 February 2020.
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  • Third anniversary of Trade Facilitation Agreement sees increasing implementation rate February 22, 2020
    Three years since the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on 22 February 2017, WTO members have continued to make steady progress in its implementation. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, on the occasion of the TFA’s third anniversary, welcomed members’ efforts to ensure traders can reap the full benefits of the Agreement.
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Currency Risk Management



 

 

International Trade transactions could generate a currency risk exposure. This is especially so when an Exporter accepts to be paid in a foreign currency. Indeed, since the time span between the sales contract is signed and the payment is made, could take several weeks or months, the foreign currency is likely to fluctuate in the meantime and impact (favourably or adversely) the final amount received by the Seller when currency exchange has been translated in the domestic currency.

In much the same way, an Importer who accepts to pay a given amount denominated in a foreign currency is exposed to currency adverse movements.

In short, we can see that the seller and the buyer have conflicting interests, since the Exporter is exposed to the depreciation of the foreign currency that he will receive, while the Importer is exposed to the appreciation of the foreign currency in which he must honour a payment.

One way to get around this problem could be to require an upfront payment in the local currency. However it goes without saying that this option is somehow business-unfriendly, to say the least. In addition, granting extended payment terms might be the only way to conquer new markets.

Fortunately, this risk can be managed by using the appropriate hedging solution.

Overall, two types of hedging tools are available in International trade: Internal and External hedging techniques.

 

Please click on the links below for a detailed explanation of each technique