Trade Services

Writing on Paper and Using a Calculator for International Trade Services


Even the simplest transaction poses a risk. Buy a dozen eggs with one that's broken, and you are down more than 8%. When your transaction spans an ocean, a continent or both, the risks are greater, and chances are you're not buying just a dozen eggs.

The principle seems clear: only do business with people you know in countries with solid governments that have stable currencies.

The solution is experience, and you can find it in the international group at City National Bank along with responsiveness, ingenuity, enthusiasm and expertise.

Online Convenience

And convenience. With City National Bank's International Banking Online your company can keep pace with the speed of international business from your Internet-ready computer. Fast online preparation, electronic notifications, real-time, pre-built and customized reports and comprehensive transaction histories are just a few of the benefits you'll enjoy as you execute or view:

  • Applications for Import Letters of Credit
  • Applications for Standby Letters of Credit
  • Amendments to Import Letters of Credit
  • Amendments to Standby Letters of Credit
  • Copies of Export Letter of Credit Advices
  • Requests for Documentary Collections
  • Trade Financing Requests

From customized application templates to online confirmations and advices, City National's International Banking Online service is designed to streamline your operations and boost productivity. You'll enjoy quick access to the actual text of your issued letters of credit, amendments and correspondence, including all negotiation and debit/credit notices. And you can submit real-time, online applications anytime, day or night. Learn more »

From importing metals, to exporting motherboards or acting as a middleman/trading company, the Foreign Trade Bankers at City National know how to reduce your risk, expedite your transactions and find you funding all around the world. Scroll down to find out how we do it.


Common Problem Banking Solution
Foreign shipments are late. Incoming Documentary Collections
Performance on your service contract is slow.
  1. Paying by Foreign Currency Wire
  2. Performance Guarantee or Warrantee for Trade Transactions
Economic uncertainty and political risk have you nervous.
  1. Paying by Foreign Currency Wire
  2. Performance Guarantee or Warrantee for Trade Transactions
Want better pricing or credit terms from foreign suppliers?
  1. Import Letters of Credit
  2. Bankers' Acceptance Financing of Imports
  3. Payment Guarantee for Open Account Terms


Common Problem Banking Solution
Overseas customers' credit or country risk makes payment problematic.
  1. Confirmed Export Letters of Credit
  2. Government-guaranteed Export Receivable Insurance
  3. Medium-term Loans to Foreign Buyers
Competitive pressure requires responding with more favorable credit terms or even better pricing.
  1. Bankers' Acceptance on Exports
  2. Foreign Bank Standby Letters of Credit
  3. Export Letters of Credit
  4. Outgoing Documentary Collections
Financing is needed to fill large foreign orders or increase cash flow from receivables.
  1. Government-guaranteed Export Lending
  2. Bankers' Acceptance Financing of Exports

Middleman/Trading Company

Common Problem Banking Solution

Short-term need for cash or credit to fill a foreign order.

  1. Transferable Letters of Credit
  2. Assignments of Export Letter of Credit Proceeds

There is a need to finance inventory or convert receivables into cash.

  1. Bankers' Acceptance Financing of Exports
  2. Government-guaranteed Export Lending and Insurance Programs

Getting Started

To learn more, call us at (888) 309-5139, Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (PT). You can also contact us online or visit one of our local City National locations.