Trade finance survey: only 6% of companies 'entirely happy' with current processes

Friday 13 May 2022 12:54 CET | News

Surecomp has announced the results of a recent survey with CFOs and Treasurers focusing on trade finance processes in varying companies across the globe.

The survey found that only 6% of respondents are ‘entirely happy’ with their current trade finance process. Almost four out of ten are unhappy with their existing arrangements, noting that their current processes – many of which still involve spreadsheets - are error-prone (57%), time-consuming (41%), or too complicated (15%). Other challenges include reliance on paper (10%) and the inability to use multi-banking options (10%).

Two-thirds of respondents said that they currently communicate with their trade finance banks, financiers, and trade counterparts by email, while 15% are using fax, and 14% communicate by post. With so much bank communication involving at least some manual processing, roughly half of the respondents (49%) cite using no digital channel at all. While one quarter (27%) considers spreadsheets and email as digital, another quarter (24%) uses bank portals or similar.

The survey also included findings on the time taken to secure finance. Sixty-three percent of respondents said it takes them at least three days to secure finance, while 7% said it takes two weeks or longer. Only 11% of respondents said they were able to secure finance in less than one day which is a clear sign of systemic inefficiency. 

The survey was conducted via LinkedIn in April 2022 and included responses from 121 respondents from companies of varying sizes and types including retailers, manufacturers, and energy firms. The volume of trade finance instruments being processed monthly ranged from 5 to 500 and the majority of companies surveyed were not using a fully automated solution for optimal efficiency.

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Keywords: trade finance, survey
Categories: Banking & Fintech
Companies: Surecomp
Countries: World
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