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How do I know a SGS certificate is authentic?
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What is the difference between a BG (bank Guarantee) and a SBLC (Stand By Letter Of Credit)
The word Stand By means the same as contingent--available when called upon.. The SBLC is a BG
(bank guarantee) that will pay for a non-performance. No question asked. The BG (Bank Guarantee)
by its self is an obligation subject to civil law. The SBLC is issued subject to UCP600 and ISP 98
rules. A "BG" in the form of a SBLC is issued for the purpose of an obligation. (eg. delivery failure).
Not for payment of goods.

Who bears the cost of the SGS Certificate, the buyer or the seller.
If the supplier has offered or issued a PSI (Pre-Shipment Inspection) quantity and quality, the supplier
bears that cost. If the buyer wants his own inspection agency to do the inspection, then the buyer will
bear the cost as per agreement contract.
Note: A SGS certificate cannot be forged. The SGS will authentic the certificate from their eDocument
authentication page.
What is the most important document needed for presentation in relationship to the financial instrument?
The leading or primary document required for presentation for collection on the DLC is a clean on
board ship mate's receipt, signed by the ship's master or ship's owner. This shows the goods are on
board the buyer's vessel. However you cannot be sure which document will be available first, therefore
it is advised to add a condition in the agreement contract to allow a different document to be used as a
primary evidence that the goods are on board the named vessel. An acceptable presentation document
that can be used as a primary document is a non-negotiable waybill that is produced by a forwarder's
agent of the shipowner or master. A forwarder's receipt can also be a leading delivery document for
presentation. These documents prove the product is on board the buyers vessel. The PSI is first class
evidence that the product exist.
Note: In an FOB contract.
The Marine BOL (Bill of Laden) is not required to be secured by the intermediary unless the buyer
specifically asks the intermediary to do so. In such an event the leading delivery document on an FOB
deal is the FCR, (forwarders certificate of receipt) Ship's mate's receipts or sellers invoice. Not
necessarily in that order.
Note: Intermediaries MUST learn trade for years on FOB deals until they get experience to trade on the
more complicated CIF/CIP deal.

That would be $400.Who secures the Certificate of Origin. sister and uncle are entitled to a claim of the commission as it would be voted out by the group of intermediaries on that side. This leaves the controlling intermediary with only having to pay commission to one person on each side. the situation is handle like this. The controlling intermediary will appoint one intermediary on each side to disburse the commission for their side. The controlling intermediary will keep the 2 appointed intermediaries transparent and in the loop of the deal . Lets say there are 20 intermediaries on the buyers side and 10 intermediaries on the sellers side and each side will be paid 10 cents a barrel of 4 million barrels. the buyer or the seller? Answer: The COO (Certificate of Origin) is secured by the supplier if it is asked for by the buyer and the cost remains with the buyer. #37-Question: I am a intermediary trying to control the deal. It would be the duty of the appointed intermediaries to have a written agreement with all the other intermediaries for their commission. #35-Question: by http://www. If there are too many intermediaries in the deal.000 for each What is the difference between a Waybill and a BOL? Answer: A Waybill is a receipt of the goods that is on board the carrier.tradercommodity. A Bill of Lading is in all its legal sense is a document of "Title" #34-Question: How many intermediaries can be included in a commission agreement contract? Answer: Only one intermediary per contract agreement with the controlling intermediary. The Certificate of Origin is an import document not an export document.000 for each side. how do I use the Intermediary Payment Guarantee (IPG) to protect the other intermediaries commission? Answer: To answer this question please click here Understanding the (IPG) #36-Question: Being the controlling intermediary when do I sign and send back the contract from the supplier? Answer: The controlling intermediary signs and sends back the contract to the supplier after the DLC of Credit is issued to the intermediary account and before the controlling intermediary meets the conditions of the Pre Advise to active the DLC. (the one who is going to pay you your commission for assistance with the deal) #33-Question: If we have more than one intermediary in the deal. If there are 10 intermediaries in the chain then there are 10 individual commission agreement contracts with the controlling intermediary. how do we manage the commission agreement contracts? Answer: Each intermediary has their own commission agreement contract with the controlling intermediary. Which would be $400. This system stops an intermediary in a chain from claiming his brother.

Is this one of the reason you do not want to deal in spot deals? Answer: Yes any future deals he will go around you. If all 20 people are listed in one commission agreement and one of the listed people are not entitled to the commission and removed from that agreement for what ever reason that commission agreement contract become invalid which leaves everyone else on that agreement without a legal claim for their commission. The reason for individual agreement. The operative word here is "IRREVOCABLE".com/en/v2/common/ecertificate/authenticateeCertificate. A quote need only to be confirmed. is for the protection of the individual intermediary in a chain deal. Evidence of goods certificate as defined on contract. There are legal documents that will protect the intermediaries and his commission but the NCND/IMFPA is not one of them.sgs. a full offer is advised. With a revocable DLC he can. . Once the conditions of the Pre Advised has been met the DLC becomes active. #30-Question: Once I meet the conditions of the DLC and present my documents to the bank.and it is the duty of the appointed intermediaries to keep the other intermediaries informed. #29-Question: What is a soft offer? Answer: There is no such thing as a "SOFT OFFER". #27-Question: Does the supplier or the end buyer order the vessel to deliver the purchased goods? Answer: In a FOB deal the End Buyer order/charters the vessel. will the end buyer circumvent me on future deals with my supplier. #32-Question: I have been sent an out dated SGS certificate from a company to prove to me that they have done business in the oil industry before. the buyer cannot change his mind and cancel the DLC. Once accepted the contract is advised. This is why the NCND/IMFPA flawed documents are of no protection what so ever. https://sgsonsite. The payment instrument should be A Pre Advised "IRREVOCABLE" DLC. Even though the vessel is ordered by the supplier the buyer is still response for the cost of vessel which is on the suppliers invoice.jsp #31-Question: What is the condition In the Pre Advise DLC that activated the DLC in the intermediaries account? Answer: The Intermediary provides to act upon a single condition of the credit. Once confirmed. He is not circumventing you as you are not apart of the next deal unless stated in the contract. Providing all the detail of the supplier. Once signed the "Buyer goes first and issues the DLC financial instrument. #28-Question: Should I as a intermediary accept a revocable letter of credit from the buyer for payment of goods? Answer: The intermediary should not accept a Revocable Letter of Credit as it can be modified or even canceled by the buyer without notice to the intermediary. Is there a way I can check to see if this certificate is real? Answer: To authenticate a SGS certificate you may contact the SGS and they will authentic the certificate from their eDocument authentication page. A "Quote/Offer" is a soft offer. In a CIF or CFR deal the Supplier secures the vessel.

Also when the Letter of Credit is activated does this mean it has turned into actual money? Answer: NO. One supplier get 25% of the TDLC and another supplier gets 50% of the same TDLC but once transferred to the suppliers it cannot be transferred again. it is issued as a Transferable DLC by the end buyer’s bank to your bank account. The active Letter of Credit turns into money only when the delivery documents are presented to the bank and the end buyer. a Performance Guarantee does not activate the L/C and NO. The balance of the TDLC is left in your account as commission for you and the other intermediary who assisted you on BOTH SIDES. how do I get to transfer it to the supplier? Please explain the mechanics of this TDLC. Eg. The buyer sometimes sees the "LDD" as the favorable choice of delivery guarantee as the % value offered on the LDD is higher then the % value of the SLC. I will explain. Activation of a letter of credit is not money in the suppliers bank account. Answer: The end buyer applies for a "TDLC" to pay for purchased goods to you the “controlling buyer/seller intermediary” as the beneficiary. This is a complete separate entity to the Pre Advised Documentary Letter of Credit. Once it is transferred to the suppliers bank it cannot be transferred again. The L/C is always issued first by the buyer and the Bank Performance Guarantee is issued by the supplier second. The Pre Advised Transferable Documentary Letter of Credit is issued by a prime Top World Bank Per UCP600 banking laws by the buyer for purchase of goods and is activated only when the Pre Advise conditions are met. One transfer only. activation of the L/C does not mean money. This is one transfer. A Bank Performance Guarantee is issued in the form of a Stand by Letter of Credit defined by and subject to the rules of ISP98 (International Standby Practice) by the suppliers bank as a guarantee of delivery to the buyers bank. Activation of the L/C means the buyer who issued the L/C can not change his mind and void the Letter of Credit unless fraud is proven.#26-Question: I was told that the “Bank Performance Guarantee” from the supplier was what activated the Letter of Credit from the buyer. Is this correct. Note: The transferable DLC may be transferred to more then one supplier but can only be transferred once. Note: Sometimes instead of a Bank Guarantee the supplier offers a “LDD” (Late Delivery Discount) applied as a credit of XX% to favor of the end buyer on the Sellers invoice if delivery fails to be made on time. #24-Question: What does NNPC/JVC stand for and mean? Answer: . #25-Question: You have said in the past that a TDLC (Transferable Documentary Letter of Credit) can only be transferred once. If that is the case then if it is transferred to me from the end buyer. The conditions in the Pre Advise L/C is not the Performance Guarantee. The Transferable Letter of Credit is not transferred to your account. You being the beneficiary of the TDLC can transfer the said amount of suppliers invoice to the suppliers bank.

PG: A Performance Guarantee is a guarantee given by the seller’s bank to the buyers bank in the form of an unconditional Stand-By letter of Credit. If the delivery fails and the delivery documents are not presented to the bank on the date specified in the contract. Anyone offering such a sales and purchase agreement does not have oil or even access to it. the bank just automatically pays buyer bank the Performance Guarantee unconditionally.Nigeria National Petroleum Company / Joint Venture Company. If your payment instrument is a DLC then you would want to state in your document that your financial instrument is a Documentary Letter of Credit defined under UCP600 procedures. Am I to understand that branches of a bank in the same country are considered to be the same bank? Answer: . issued with in 3 days of buyers L/C being transferred. The NNPC cannot offer a sales and purchase agreement to any intermediary.G. Eg. This guarantee ends when delivery documents is presented to bank. No questions asked. Elf.NNPC/JVC stands for. then applying on the collection of P. The NNPC are not in partnership with these companies. No Sales and Purchase Agreement can be generic as being offered on the Internet. Chevron. My question is what is the difference between a Performance Bond and a Performance Guarantee? Answer: PB: This stand for Performance Bond. NNPC/JVC is often seen on a fraudulent Sales and Purchase Agreement asking for banking information. The NNPC is in joint venture with many companies like Shell. So the Intermediary must ask the seller to issue a Performance Guarantee (PG) of XX% (Not a Performance Bond) of the total cost as defined in contract. company or anyone implying that the companies they are doing business with is part of a sales and purchase agreement. Texaco. #21-Question: What does this mean? Branches of a bank in different countries are considered to be separate banks. #22-Question: The supplier offered us a 2% Performance Bond for the guarantee of the delivery of the good. Both the Performance Guarantee and the Performance Bond are "based" on performance yet both are different type of performance assurance. Mobil. If the NNPC and Shell or Mobel or any other company are involved in any sales and purchase agreement with a principal buyer (which is very doubtful) it has to be specifically stated on the sales and purchase agreement. The PB is a guarantee that follows the goods to the destination port in where if the goods can be rejected for good reason. #23-Question: Are there certain laws you have to follow in International Global Trading? Answer: The laws are UCP600.B supported by a B. A Performance Bond is for a DES deal that works for the supplier in possession of goods and an end buyer taking possession of goods. This removes any grief that could prevail without the UCP600 procedures. The delivery of title documents cannot be secured so an intermediary is not to enter in such deals. Incoterms 2000 and the ICC Paris. This prevents any misunderstanding of the type of payment being offered. These laws are applicable to all trading countries in the world including USA. issued as unconditional as per Stand-by Letter of Credit procedures defined under UCP600 banking rules. You want to make sure what ever you write and what ever documents you sign these laws are mentioned. Agrif which means they are doing business with these companies. #17-Question: Why do I need to secure a supplier first? Isn't the buyer with the money the most important thing? Answer: Not understanding why the supplier needs to be secured first can get an intermediary in a lot of trouble. Here is a small example of a RFQ transaction:. The "Quote from the Supplier is the first most important document. Without a quote from a real supplier you have nothing to start a deal.. the buyer 2nd. This is why a intermediary can not give a "ICPO" to a supplier. The RFQ from the Buyer/Seller to the Supplier is a request for a quote to sell the Suppliers product. how much for the car. It is without say. Your neighbor Joe has a sports car in his driveway for sale and you say to him ("Hey Joe how much do you want for your sports car I think I know someone who might want it." from the supplier.distances.) You have just requested for quote from Joe to sell the car. Question #1 #19-Question: If the end buyer collects on the "2% PG" (Performance Guarantee) for non-delivery of goods. . The intermediary is not purchasing the product. The intermediary only takes possession of the Title not the product. The RFQ from the End Buyer to the Buyer/Seller is a request for a quote to buy the product. its branch in Manchester England cannot confirm it as they are both in the same county and therefore are considered to be the same bank. The buyer request for quote to buy.. The end buyer went through an expense setting up the DLC and in return was defrauded by you. #20-Question: Is there a difference in a "RFQ" (Request for Quote) from an End Buyer to a Buyer/Seller as apposed to a "RFQ" from the Buyer/Seller to the Supplier? Answer: Yes. If an end buyer issues a DLC (Documentary Letter of Credit) to your account (the controlling intermediary) under the impression that you have a supplier (because of quotes you received from another intermediary seller) and the intermediary seller really did not have a supplier then you can and will be charged on fraud. The intermediary deals in documents only not the product itself.. Only the person who is taking possession of the goods is purchasing the product.Branches of particular banks are able to perform different functions as perceived by the UCP600 provided they are based in different countries. there is a difference between the End Buyers RFQ and the Buyer/Sellers RFQ. If a bank in London England issues a Letter of Credit. If the same bank in London England issues a letter of credit and its office in Dubai were requested to add its confirmation then this is acceptable under UCP600 Article 3 (but not necessarily acceptable to the beneficiary) as the branches are in different countries. Supplier first.G.. Now you advertise that sports car and a potential buyer ask." to the end buyer even though you still get the "P. See more on ICPO and RFQ. #18-Question: How can I figure out the distance by water from the Bonny Port in Nigeria to the Port in the Bahamas? Answer: www. not to buy. you are in a serious situation. how does the intermediary who is controlling the deal get compensated for their time and effort? Answer: You as the buyer/seller (controlling intermediary) offer to the end buyer a lesser value to what you obtained from the supplier or you offer no "P.

(as implied so often). These type of payment are internal bank applications for transferring moneyIntermediaries cannot use such applications. A mandate is not just given to a person. Many intermediaries claim mandate-ship because they think being next to the supplier as a mandate agent is putting them in a great position. Once you get a quote from the person who is in actual possession of the product (supplier) than seek the buyer.Intermediary often are not fully aware of the cost involved for a buyer opening a Letter of Credit. This is incorrect. #16-Question: Is the NCNDA any protection for an intermediary? Answer: Not even close to protection. The best position in a deal is the “controlling buyer/seller intermediary”. Internationally this document floating around the Internet is impossible to enforce in a court of law. A mandate to a supplier is an “agent” who acts on behalf of a disclosed principal. The mandate agent can only act under the instructions of their principle (supplier) who must disclose to end buyer immediately when the offer is made to a end buyer and in closing the deal the “mandate agent” would be paid a very “small sum” by the supplier is often the end result. There are documents under International Law that can protect your commission but the MFPA is not one of them? #14-Question: If I have secured a supplier should I ask for a mandate-ship. on behalf of a customer. Learn the proper procedures. Intermediaries can only use Non cumulative revolving UCP600 Bank issued Irrevocable Documentary Letter of Credits (PA IDLC) when attempting to close deal. Answer: No. . typically having first blocked the same amount of funds in the customer's account. When a bank issues an MT 760 it practically issues a payment guarantee. The buyer/sell must know procedures really well and act in the best interest of all parities on both sides of the deal. An intermediary in a chain deal will make a great deal more money than a mandate agent. #13-Question: What does Swift MT 760 mean? Answer: SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) MT (Message Type) and the numbers indicates one of the many standardized message formats which comprise the SWIFT messaging system. #15-Question: Does the MFPA (Masters Fee Protection Agreement) enforce payment of commission. The mandate agent gets no commission from the buyer’s side of the deal. Impossible incorrect flawed applications. Forget about becoming a mandate holder of a principal as it is not a feasible position to hold if you are looking to make the big money. The NCND is a total useless unless the product is in your own Country. Answer: The flawed document MFPA does not protect a commission payment. rules and policies and become the legally defined Buyer/seller. after a strong relationship has been built from many years of dealing with a “principle supplier”. A mandate agent has to close many deals in order to get any reasonable commission amount from the supplier. It has to be earned. Fees for Letter of Credit (#1) Secure the supplier first. find the buyer second.

IFPA or IMFPA mean? Answer: IMFPA stands for (Irrevocable Master Fee Protection Agreement. A real supplier and a real End Buyer don’t get commission. Note: Beware if someone claims to be the Mandate. This is not a guarantee that the end buyer is going to buy. An intermediary cannot deal with a BCL.#12-Question: What does NCND or NCNDA mean? Answer: NCNDA stands for (Non Circumvention. Why would an end buyer want to disclose all his financial banking information to an intermediary over the Internet he does not know just because they request it.) This document is not worth the paper it is written on. The commission comes from the difference between the buying price and the selling price that is controlled by the controlling intermediary. Only a misinformed or unskilled intermediary/broker would send you a NCNDA. This is not a guarantee that the end buyer is going to buy.) Like the BCL the same applies to RWA. (“look I have the money to buy". The end buyer has been disclosed and all the intermediaries involved in the deal have all been circumvented. then the intermediary has to continue with the deal which usually means disclosing the supplier to the buyers . If his intent is to pass this information on to the supplier then he has a problem. Intermediaries often ask for a BLC in their procedures when they should be asking for acceptance of your "Offer". do you have hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay to take this through the international courts. #9-Question: What does RWA mean? Answer: RWA means (Ready Willing and Financially Able. #11-Question: What does FPA. Even if the end buyer did give a BCL what is the intermediary going to do with it. End Buyer while at the same time requesting FPA and NCND. If you have your name on this document and get circumvented. It's not like the intermediary can conduct a soft probe. This is a document that is very hard to enforce. #10-Question: What does BCL mean? Answer: This stands for Bank Comfort Letter. A real mandate never fears circumvention as he is protected by the one who extended the mandate to him. Remember the end buyer and the suppliers have nothing to do with the commission. It is a letter provided by the buyer’s bank to confirm that the buyer has sufficient funds to carry out the transaction.IT DOES NOT MEAN I WILL BUY) If an intermediary asks for a RWA or BCL from a Buyer and the Buyer gives a Genuine RWA/BCL. Non Disclosure Agreement. FPA / NCND is not the proper way to protect intermediary/broker’s interests. (The person who pays the commission) The BCL may apply to a direct end buyer doing business with a genuine Supplier on some occasion but cannot simply be applied when a intermediary such as a controlling intermediary is involved.) The FPA (Fee Protection Agreement) and NCND are usually attached to each other. Supplier.

The Supplier or Buyer/seller only have to provide the goods as per contract at a designated place and nothing more. #5-Question: What really is POP? Answer: P. An Intermediary cannot deal with a RWA. and take a picture. It does not mean that this is the goods that will be shipped to the buyer.If the ship as ordered by the buyer is late. Your custom receipt is presented to your bank to apply collection on the DLC. Loading and shipment are then the responsibility of the buyer. This is a flawed term which does NOT exist in the real market. There is no genuine POP (Proof of Product) capability and should be correctly defined as (the evidence of supplier in possession of goods being sold) under FOB/CIF delivery rules.However the supplier must clear the goods for export. The goods you looked at today could be sold the next day to someone else. then you can collect on your DLC the moment the goods are placed ready near shore Crane tackle for lifting on board ship. e.If the buyer/seller or supplier is going to deliver the goods to the dock. Florida". "e.That's the buyers problem-You get paid once delivery "FAS" has applied as per Incoterms delivery rules. The buyer just saved himself millions of dollars.O. A SGS certificate can not be forged as it only takes one phone call to authenticate it. "FAS Port Canavera. then that's not ex works but FAS (free along side ship) The price would now be higher. No buyer would be willing to pay extra just to get a “easily” quoted CIF ASWP price. #8-Question: If one sees the "CIF ASWP" why would you suspect it to be a scam? Answer: CIF ASWP stands for Cost Insurance and Freight to Any Safe World Port. EXW Tampa Florida. (Where ever the supplier says the product will be. then returns to the supplier at a later time and circumvents everyone in the group. The shipment cost cannot be the same to ANY World’s Port! For example the CIF (Cost Insurance and Freight) price to ship sugar from Brazil to South Africa is 5. this is only proof that you saw the goods. The buyer makes the arrangements to have it picked up from the warehouse or another place. The contracted driver gives a pickup receipt to supplier and it is this receipt that allows the supplier to collect on the DLC . This could make it over half a million dollars price difference.and here is your problem -The supplier is disclosed and the buyer changes his mind. the ASWP is wrong. #6-Question: What does FAS mean? Answer: FAS means (Free Alongside Ship)) (The supplier pays costs only to the port of loading) .P as often seen on the Internet to define (Proof of Product)." This means the supplier has sold off the warehouse floor and at warehouse prices. The only real proof that the product exist is after delivery to the carrier/vessel with a Bill of Lading and a SGS certificate. A Proof of Product ('POP') is often requested by buyers or intermediaries who believe it will give them . There is a simple logic behind this.g.000 miles and from Brazil to China would be double. The CIF part of the term is correct. Also means that once you have the goods on the docks on a designated date . Even if you go and look at the goods.side .g. #7-Question: What does EXW stand for and mean? Answer: EXW stands for "Ex-Work"s and means The buyer pays all costs of transport from pickup at the suppliers premises.

we the bank will guarantee payment for the goods ordered". The POP offers no proof at all. because once a POP has been drafted it is automatically out of date. The buyer knows what they want. In other words. The safest way to go is No Samples. Should I send it to him? This could be very expensive and then he might change is mine. By default a DLC becomes a irrevocable Letter of Credit. This can easily happen. he is really saying: Please tell me who your disclosed principal is so I can circumvent you. he will still need to produce the financial instrument to pay for the goods FIRST before a supplier will even consider making any effort in getting goods ready for delivery. A buyer could create this problem to get the goods at a lower price. In other words the bank is saying to the supplier "we don't care what the end buyer says. The supplier will meet the conditions of delivery documents and then apply for collection. if the goods arrive different even just a little from the sample. #1-Question: Help me understand the real meaning of LOI and ICPO? Answer: Flawed Terms for Intermediary LOI: This term is used out on the Internet by inexperience traders as a “Letter of Intent” which is . Answer: The buyer is being very inventive. #4-Question: My buyer wants a sample first before he enters into agreement with me. #3-Question: What is a DLC mean in the international trading business? Answer: (DLC) Documentary Letter of Credit is a type of financial instrument used to pay for goods being ordered. If an end Buyer were dealing with a supplier anything can be suggested especially in matters of POP. Any sample given overrides any specs in the contracts. The end buyer issues a DLC to supplier and if all conditions are met by the intermediary and the supplier the supplier can obtain collection of funds. SGS does the analytical inspection of the goods and advises exactly what is being shipped. the goods can be rejected at port. The DLC has terms and conditions applied. But no matter what the End buyer demands.some guarantee of the existence of the product and ability of the supplier to deliver. The money must come first. The CIDLC is guaranteed by the issuing bank and not the buyer. #2Question: What is the best form of DLC? Answer: The best form of DLC issuance are confirmed and irrevocable. POP really does not really give any proof. The product could have been sold to another buyer and no longer exists. The buyer may be looking to reject the goods even if they are perfectly match the shipped goods.When an end buyer ask a buyer/seller he need a POP before financial instrument is in place. you the seller have met the condition of the CIDLC. but it will give the opportunity for curmvention. (suppliers hate this). When this condition is met (Evidence of supplier in possession of goods) the intermediary can then transfer the DLC to the supplier. Many POPs produced are fake. Note: When an intermediary is involved there are conditions the intermediary must meet before the DLC becomes active.

This is all that is needed (Quote. Offer) Not understanding the proper procedures and documents for an intermediary one of two things will happen. ICPO's are only used in international trade between large corporations and where one corporation has a subsidiary office in another country outside the USA. You as an intermediary can not give a letter of intent to buy goods as your intentions are not to buy goods but to sell the "Title" of the goods. Only sometimes these flawed terms and documents will work between an end buyer and a real supplier. not purchase and take possession of goods. LEARN. Only the end buyer can offer such a document. different applications apply. If any intermediary offers you an ICPO you know they are inexperience or trying to scam you. Once again an intermediary can not “irrevocably offer to purchase” the goods when they are not purchasing. The intermediary is not the corporation purchasing the goods so he can not issue a ICPO. . An intermediary can only give to the supplier an “Offer” which is to SELL the Title of the suppliers goods. The deal will collapse.” Inexperience “intermediary seller” who is claiming to be the supplier will ask for a “Letter of Intent” to purchase goods. If an end buyer issues a ICPO and then attempts to cancel the obligations a week later. This term may be effective for the End Buyer to the Supplier but not for an Intermediary. particularly in the USA. In the International Trading business the only thing needed is a “Quote” “Offer” “Contract” “Payments” and “Delivery of goods”. and/or 2. The ICPO is used in local or interstate trade. An intermediary cannot and must not issue or request a ICPO as in doing so they are putting themselves in a fraudulent position. The Letter of Intent is a total waste of time on a worthless piece of paper. as the ICPO is a binding contract. A letter of Intent is not a binding contract. They are offering to sell the “Title” to the said goods. For the intermediary these terms and documents will NEVER work. The next document is an “Offer” for you as a “buyer/seller intermediary” to consider from the supplier (“Offer to Sell”) Not (ICPO). A ICPO must also be backed by assets. As an Intermediary. 1. The intermediary should first ask the supplier for a “RFQ” (Request for Quote) not issue a (LOI). This term will not work for the intermediary. Giving a Letter of Intent only means “Yes I intent to buy the goods but I can change my mind anytime. LOI mean “Letter of Indemnity. STUDY and UNDERSTAND. ICPO: This term mean Irrevocable Corporate Purchase Offer. The supplier will only accept an ICPO from a corporation with assets. So your letter of intent to buy goods would be a lie. the supplier could claim breach of contract.incorrect. You as an intermediary will be circumvented. The ICPO is a misued term by intermediaries. as anything can be imply between end buyer and supplier. Not very often but sometimes.