International Standby Practices (ISP98) offers a precise and detailed framework for practitioners dealing with standby letters of credit. The current version is ISP98, ICC Publication No For information on ISP98 and standby letters of credit, see Practice note, Bonds, guarantees and standby. The 89 Rules in International Standby Practices (ISP98) offer a precise and detailed framework for practitioners dealing with standby letters of credit. Developed.

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ISP98 provides ammunition to argue for the deletion from standby letters of credit of the terms iwp98 “absolute,” “primary,” “clear,” “payable on demand,” and “payable from the issuer’s own funds.

The rule may thus discourage the use of freely negotiable standby letters of credit. This paper, which is adapted from a presentation to the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Letters of Credit, focuses on ISP98 provisions that may lead to changes in forms of standby letters of credit and reimbursement agreements, that may lead to changes in standby practices, that may alert parties to issues they had not previously focused upon, or that parties may wish to limit or vary.

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If substitution is not sip98, the letter of credit should expressly provide that the name of a transferee may not be used in place of the name of the original beneficiary on certain drawing documents or in specified places on those documents.

Consider whether one drawing for less than the full amount or multiple drawings each for less than the full amount may be made. If it is desired that the documents must also be examined for inconsistency, then the letter of credit should so provide.

An invaluable source of practical information for trade finance professionals and academics! Applicants may request that issuers undertake some responsibility in this regard, but absent special fee arrangements or unusual circumstances, issuers may be reluctant to do more than confirm that they will act honestly.

Installment drawings and shipments should not be a problem as Rule 3. See UCP Art. Sign up for our newsletter: Parties are free to vary the day extension period provided in Rule 3. Issuer and beneficiary may wish to shorten or lengthen the Rule 5. The presenter should decide if it believes the documents are discrepant before it asks for a waiver or should consider reserving its right to assert that the documents are not discrepant If the letter of credit requires presentation of negotiable or otherwise valuable documents, the letter of credit should provide for disposition return of the documents upon dishonor.


If the beneficiary wants to be able to assign proceeds of the letter of credit notwithstanding possible issuer objections, the letter of credit should so provide. Both beneficiaries and issuers may want to avoid the rigors of Rule 4.

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ISP98 reflects generally accepted practice, custom, and usage of standby letters of credit. We use cookies to ensure that we give you ispp98 best experience on our website.

The issuer may want to state that it is not bound to effect a transfer where the transfer would violate any applicable law or regulation. Requiring Invoices Under Standby LCs In the current double issue of Documentary Credit World, an experienced trade Finance Head decries the practice of requiring invoices under standby LCs, putting forth an interesting example to elicit reader comments.

Beneficiaries may also request a provision stating the consequences if the issuer fails to reopen for business within a specified time isp9. Issuer and applicant should consider whether the application should authorize the issuer to accept presentations in a non-paper medium.

ISP 98- International Standby Practices

UCP is currently used for both standby letters of credit and commercial letters of credit. Issuers need to realize that they may be obligated under certain circumstances to honor a presentation by a claimed successor to the beneficiary.

International Standby Practices is a new set of rules and best practice for users of standby letters of credit. ISP98 was designed not only for bankers who already knew the practices being articulated, but also for lawyers and corporate users who may not be intimately familiar with them, and ultimately judges who must decide disputes. In addition to functional definitions, ISP98 addresses obligations, presentation, examination of documents, notice and preclusion, transfer, assignment, and transfer by operation of law, reimbursement obligations, and timing.

Whether an issuer that takes more than three business days but less than seven business days has acted within a reasonable time will depend upon the circumstances, but will not depend upon whether the beneficiary has an imminent deadline to re-present Rule 5. What law do you want? A cover instruction accompanying the presentation may specify to whom notice of dishonor should be sent and what means of telecommunication should be used to transmit the notice.


Other ADR alternative dispute resolutione. Letter of credit application should provide for applicant consent to choice of 15P98, governing law and any dispute resolution mechanism in the letter of credit. This risk is greatest where there are multiple nominated persons, as is the case with a freely negotiable credit.

If “exact” or “identical” wording is wanted in drawing documents, it must be expressly required in the letter of credit.

You have no items in your shopping cart. Applicant may want to limit Rule 1. Automatic extension clauses and automatic reinstatement or reduction clauses are permitted. Consider dispute resolution mechanisms. If presentation of the original letter of credit is not a condition to transfer drawing rights, the letter of credit must so state.

A presenter may wish to instruct the issuer not to seek an applicant waiver of discrepancies where the presenter believes that the waiver will not be granted or that seeking waiver will delay notice of dishonor for curable discrepancies. Avoid use of terms such as “presentation must be made at our counters” unless the meaning is clear from the context. Though standby letters of credit have similarities with commercial letters of credit and other financial instrument, there are significant differences in scope and practice.

See also current UCC Article 9 on secured transactions and proposed UCC Revised Article 9 specifying where assignment may be made despite contractual provision prohibiting assignment.

Getting Ready for ISP98: The New International Standby Practices

ISP98 can also be used for independent demand guarantees. By continuing to use our website without changing the settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. However, one may wish to include such second sentence out of an abundance of caution and to alert the beneficiary and other relevant parties e.

If the issuer is to be bound to transfer drawing rights, the letter of credit must so provide. See Section a and c choice of law and effect of rules of custom or practice, respectively. Be the first to review this product. The use of quotation marks or block indents or forms of exhibits is insufficient.