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Opportunity is everywhere! Don’t miss your opportunity to trade locally or globally due to finances. Our Trade Finance solutions will sort you out.

Co-operative Bank is Regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya.

Trade Finance

With our wealth of knowledge in trade finance, an experienced team and an unparalleled drive to see you succeed in whichever stage your business is at, we offer you the best solutions to ensure your business keeps winning!

We provide an array of services that enable importers and exporters to conduct international transactions that facilitate movement of goods and services from one point to another, both locally and internationally.

LPO Financing

This is financing offered to suppliers with LPOs from reputable companies, to enable them execute their customers’ orders when they do not have the required funds. 

Structured Trade & Commodity Finance

If you need a hand in bulk purchasing of goods, we can finance your business so that you execute bigger deals, and take advantage of economies of scale to make higher profit margins.

Bank Guarantees

This is a written, irreversible guarantee from us, assuring your supplier, customer or beneficiary, of payment in the case that you do not fulfill your contractual obligation. This covers bid/tender bonds, performance bonds, advance payment bonds and credit guarantees. These reassure the beneficiary of payment and reduce the level of risk involved in the business transaction. 

Invoice Discounting

Cash flow is vital for the survival and smooth running of any business, especially SMEs. With Co-op Bank’s Invoice Discounting, you can withdraw money against sales invoices before payments are done, thus enabling you to improve your business’ working capital and cash flow. 

  1. Maximum loan – 80% of the value of invoice less all of the bank’s charges
  2. Minimum loan – Ksh 50,000
  3. Maximum tenor – 2 months subject to the invoice period
  4. Availability – Facility will revolve for 12 months upon which supplier will be reviewed for renewal
Letters of Credit

Business always has an element of risk; especially when it comes to trade. With a Letter of Credit from Co-op Bank, you can assure a beneficiary of payment once the terms of a contract are fulfilled, thereby eliminating risk and setting the beneficiary’s mind at ease. 

Pre-shipment Financing

These include pre-export finance and import finance loans which are available to both importers and exporters on a short to long term basis. 

Import Finance Facility

This facility is available to importers who have receivables from identified and confirmed off takers in the same currency as the facility.

Post Import Finance Facility

This is best suited for importers who are experiencing a mismatch between payment for imports and the receivables. After goods have been shipped to the importer, the bank pays the shipper on behalf of the customer and books a short term facility to be paid off with the receivables once the goods have been sold.

Bills Discounting

With Bill Discounting, we provide exporters with an advance to ensure they remain liquid as they continue with their business. 

Bill Avalization

This is where the bank confirms that the customer will honor a certain future payment by signing on a bill of exchange on behalf of its customer.

Stock Financing

This facilitates importation of raw materials under letters of credit and guarantees. It enables the customer to increase his business value, efficiency and productivity.

Trade Finance Key Fact Statement

Letters of Credit and Collections




1. Import Letters of Credit

- Issuance Commission

0.5% per quarter or part thereof minimum Kes.1,000.

- Acceptance Commission (For Usance LC’s)

0.5% per quarter or part thereof minimum Kes.1,000.

- Retirement/Payment Commission.

0.25% flat minimum Kes.1,000 plus swift fee Kes.1,500.

2. Export Letters of Credit.

- Advising without confirmation

- Customer Kes 1,000 flat

- Non customer kes 2,000 flat

- Retirement/Payment commission

0.375% flat minimum Kes 1,000

- Advising with confirmation

- Customer: 0.4% plus swift charges of Kes 2,000

- Non-customer 0.5% plus swift charges of kes 2,000

- Bill Negotiating under credit or advance made in Kshs or other currencies

- Customer 0.3% flat Minimum Kes 1,000 plus interest for tenor period min usd20 or equivalent,

- Non-customer 0.4% flat Minimum Kes.2,000

3. Documentary Collections (Imports & Exports)

- Processing & Payment fee

0.3% of documentary collection amount, Min KShs.1,000 (Flat)

- Release of documents against undertaking

0.15% of value, min.Ksh.600/= max. Ksh.5,000/=


- Extension of bills

0.3% of documentary collection amount, Min KShs.1,000 (Flat), plus the SWIFT charges Kes1000

4. Bill Avalization

- Avalization fee

0.5% per quarter, Minimum Kes. 1,000

5. Clean Payments (Customer transfers)

- Commission on abroad payments

Kes.1,500 one off

- RTGS for local payments

Kes. 500 one off.

Bank Guarantees

1. Bid Bonds

- Issuance Commission- Unsecured and partially secured.

1% per half year minimum Kes.5,000.

- Issuance Commission-secured and Cash Cover

1% per half year minimum Kes.1,000.

2. Other Bank Guarantees

- Issuance Commission

2.5% per year minimum Kes.5,000.

- Issuance Commission-Fully cash covered or 1st class bank counter guarantee

2% per year minimum Kes 1,000.

- Amendments to guarantees

Kes 1,000 plus SWIFT charges Kes 1,500, if transmission through swift.

3. Export Bank Guarantees

- Advising Fee


- Payment

0.375% flat minimum Kes.1,000

- Negotiating documents

- Customer 0.3% Minimum Kes 2,000

- Non customer 0.4% Minimum Kes 2,000

Trade Loans and Supply Chain




1. LPO Finance/Invoice Discounting


2.5% flat

- Interest on Facility

Banks base rate plus 4% per annum

- Extension fee

(Advance fee + (banks base rate plus 4% p.a)

2. Trade Loans-Short Term Loans

- Loan appraisal fee

2.5% per annum

- Interest rate

Banks base rate plus 4% per annum


- Extension fee

(Advance fee + (banks base rate plus 4% p.a)

3. Trade Loans-Bill Negotiated under an LC

- Processing fee & interest

- Customer: 0.3% flat min. Ksh.1,000/=  plus interest for tenor period (Min. USD20 or equivalent)

- Non Customer:  0.4% flat min. Ksh.1,000/= plus interest for tenor period(Min. USD20 or equivalent).

4. Commodity Finance

- Structuring fee

- 1% p.a for corporates,

- 2.5% p.a for retail customer

- Interest rate

Banks base rate plus 4% per annum

- Other fees

As per TF products will apply (LC charges, Bill Avalization etc.)

5. Supply Chain Finance

- Processing fee

1% flat for corporates and 2.5% flat for retail customers

- Interest

Base rate plus 4% per annum.

- Payment processing fee-Charged to supplier

- Customers: Kes.250,

- Non-customer Kes 2,000

6. Direct Import Financing

Application fee

1% p.a

Interest rate

Base rate plus 4% per annum.

7. Structured Trade Finance

Structuring fees

1% flat.

Other Fees:

Dependent on the product used to structure the facility. Each product pricing shall apply.

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