This course provides a comprehensive foundation for understanding all aspects of International Trade in a global context. This is the first of four-part collection, covering the key principles, concepts, infrastructures, practices, issues, and current developments in the world of International Trade Finance.

Part 1 deals with Trade Finance Instruments, and covers:

  • The underlying operations and processes in the international trade environment.
  • How trade finance is provided.
  • The difference between pre- and post-shipment financing.
  • The different forms/instruments of trade finance.

Although the full collection is divided into four distinct courses, which together form a complete picture of international trade, its various instruments, its operations and its financing, each part may be studied as a stand-alone unit.

This course is of special interest to banking, business, and import/export professionals who wish to expand their knowledge base as well as enhance their expertise and advance their careers in or gain a deeper understanding of the international trade finance arena.

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

4 CoursesInternational Trade Finance

  1. International Trade - Part 1: Trade Finance Instruments
  2. International Trade - Part 2 - Payment Instruments
  3. International Trade - Part 3 – International Payment Systems
  4. International Trade - Part 4 – Supply Chain Finance
Learning Objectives
  • Discover the processes used in international trade finance.
  • Identify the differences between pre- and post-shipment financing.
  • Explore the instruments used in international trade finance.
  • Discover the different trade finance instruments.
Last updated/reviewed: August 26, 2023
10 Reviews (33 ratings)


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The instructor is good to explain the process flow and terms that I have been struggled with. For the parts that are new to me; I need to replay the module a few times to catch the points . If more illustrations (e.g. examples, case study) is given, it might be help to apply the concept learnt to a case

Anonymous Author
Well organized, detailed enough on the topic of Trade Finance Instruments. Highly recommended! Thanks Stanley

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Very helpful. I have reviewed this material before, but it was great to get a refresher on it.

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interesting basic intro to terms and terminology, useful legal understanding of contracts

Anonymous Author
Covers the stated material well. Nothing more exciting about the course than this.

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Great introductory course to International Trade Finance and related processes.

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I was curious about this topic, and this lesson provided a good overview.

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A good introduction for those interested in international trade subjects.

Anonymous Author
I am not sure that this countning rank % is correct or not.

Anonymous Author
basic intro to international trade terms and wording

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to International Trade 3:38
  What is Trade Finance?2:40
  Trade Finance & Trade Payments3:06
  Tools of International Trade Finance8:59
  Forms of International Trade Finance9:29
  Documents & Mechanisms13:19
  Documents and Mechanisms Continued & Conclusion9:11
  International Trade - Part 1 - Trade Finance Instruments 50:24
  SLIDES: International Trade - Part 1: Trade Finance InstrumentsPDF
  International Trade - Part 1: Trade Finance Instruments Glossary/IndexPDF