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  • WTO launches new edition of Handbook on the TRIPS Agreement November 27, 2020
    The WTO launched today (27 November) the second edition of “A Handbook on the WTO TRIPS Agreement”, which describes the historical and legal background to the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), its role in the organization and its institutional framework. The publication coincides with the 25th anniversary of the entry into […]
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    The WTO will host the first edition of the Trade for Peace Week from 30 November to 4 December 2020. Ten virtual panel sessions will explore the nexus between trade and peace, with the focus on fragile and conflict-affected countries in accession which want to use trade and economic integration to promote sustainable and inclusive […]
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  • DDG Agah at ITC Joint Advisory Group: Open trade and economic inclusion key to post-COVID recovery November 25, 2020
    In remarks on 25 November to the 54th session of the Joint Advisory Group that oversees the work of the International Trade Centre (ITC), WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah argued that open international trade, together with efforts to ensure the benefits from economic activity are widely shared, would be necessary to repair the social […]
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  • DDG Wolff: “WTO reform is both necessary and feasible” November 24, 2020
    Speaking at the “1+6” roundtable meeting presided by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on 24 November, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff urged WTO members to begin serious engagement on improving the WTO, arguing there was enough common ground to reach major new agreements. He also called on China to participate actively and contribute positively to planning far-reaching […]
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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