Standby letter of credit

A standby letter of credit (SBLC or SLOC) is a demand guarantee issued by the bank or an institution, a commitment of payment to a seller in case of a breach in contract by the buyer or an applicant. 

International rules governed by the international chamber of commerce (ICC), the rights and obligations of parties under a standby letter of credit (SBLC) produced by the ICC. current versions are ISP98, in some cases UCP600 will be applied.

*SBLC’s are issued by – Bank Winter & Co. Ag, Austria. and other notable banks.

Financial - Standby letter of credit

Financial or Commercial standby letter of credit (SBLC/SLOC) is a commitment of payment for goods or services as specified by an agreement made between the buyer and the seller. Financial standby is a guarantee of payment if there is a breach of contract.

Example: A trading company, may facilitate SBLC to reassure a seller of a certain commodity that the buyer will pay before the maturity date. Usually, this type of SBLC is acquired if purchase volume is huge and they might working on an open account basis to back the financial SBLC as insurance.

Performance - Standby letter of credit

Performance SBLC’s are opened by the buyer to the seller or the beneficiary, whether it is government, public or private bodies – usually happens in the tender bidding contract. The beneficiary demands the applicant to issue the bid bond during the tender participation, and the performance bond after the contract gets awarded to the applicant. 

Performance standby (SBLC) acts as an assurance from the bank, or financial institution, or insurance company in favor of a beneficiary at the request of an applicant. Performance SBLC’s are acquired to support the beneficiary who are concerned about the prospect, that the applicant might become insolvent or otherwise incapable to fulfill the contractual obligations. In the event of bankruptcy, the beneficiary receives compensation from the guarantors’ bank or institution. And it reduces the financial stress of the beneficiary or other damages caused by the applicant. 

Other Standby LC's

Warranty Standby is a commitment that guarantees the buyer and seller or between the contractor and the investor or a consumer, It promises the buyer or an investor if any defects occurred during the warranty period will be repaired or replaced. Warranty bond mostly utilized in Construction, EPC, other heavy and consumer goods industries. 


A Bid Bond is issued as an initial portion of the bidding process participated by the contractor, supplier or services to a project, a Bid bond widely used in government projects where the number of participants applies for a selective tender to get awarded under the bidding terms. 


Advance Payment Standby is a guarantee where an issuer (bank) undertakes the obligation to draw an advanced payment to the buyer, when the seller debts and fails to deliver the goods or services, and it guarantees that the advance payment will be returned to the buyer or the beneficiary during this occurrence.

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How SBLC works? 

The guarantor (issuing bank) assures that the liabilities of a debtor will be met in the event of breach in contract. In short, if the debtor fails to settle a debt, the guarantor i.e the issuing bank or a institution will cover the claim. A Standby letter of credit (SBLC) allows the business or a consumer, or debtor, to acquire goods, services, participating in a tender bid either liabilities measure by financial or performance. 

Purpose of standby LC.

SBLC‘s are widely used in international trade by standing as an assurance and it stands as a secure payment method in terms of international trade. ITF supports startups, SMEs, and large corporations to fulfill the demand without pledging their collateral. Beneficiaries agree with it by knowing that ITF products are asset-backed so the security of payments are rest assured.