Field 41D and 41A (Available With… By…) in Letter of Credit (LC)

Field 41D in Letter of credit

You must be familiar with this field as because it’s mandatory in Letter of Credit MT700 Swift message.

Available With…

It indicates the bank for the presentation of documents. So the beneficiary identifies where the credit will be available upon presentation.

There are two formats:

41A – This is mentioned where the nominated bank is identified by BIC (Bank Identified Code) AKA Swift code.

41A BIC

In the above example, the nominated bank SWIFT code is mentioned. That means the beneficiary has to submit the documents in that bank to get the payment.

41Afield is being used as the bank SWIFT code is mentioned there.

41D – This is mentioned where the nominated bank is identified by name and address.

If the bank is fixed then the bank name and detail address is mentioned. In the case of ‘non-restricted’ type “Any Bank in …” can be mentioned. That means the beneficiary can submit a document to any bank of their country.

If the country is not mentioned then the document can be presented to any bank (borderless).

41D at sight

Here the bank is used “Any Bank in China”. So 41D field is being used.

This is an example of a Letter of Credit at sight.

Another example of Letter of Credit UPAS type. Check below:

41D UPAS

In most of the cases advising bank is the negotiating bank/presenting bank if the beneficiary does not use another bank than the advising bank.

By…

This field indicates how the credit is available. It can be either by acceptance, by payment or others.

So, here several options are available.

BY NEGOTIATION

BY PAYMENT

BY ACCEPTANCE

BY MIXED PYMT

BY DEF PAYMENT

In the above example, I’ve shown “BY NEGOTIATION”. In case of “at sight L/C” or “UPAS L/C” you can use “BY NEGOTIATION”.

BY PAYMENT also you can use for at sight payment.

I’ve shown some examples from several Import LC’s at Bangladesh where the LC is made available “BY NEGOTIATION” in both cases of “sight LC” and “UPAS (Usance Payable at sight) LC”.

Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts. If you have any confusion of this field, let me know by comment below.

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