Foreign Exchange Report on Standard Bank Bangladesh Ltd…

Chapter -1: Organizational Profile


Standard Bank Limited is one of the largest private-sector commercial bank in Bangladesh, with years of experience. Adaptation of modern technology both in terms of equipment and banking practice ensures efficient service to clients. Standard is a bank that serves both clients and country.

Historical Background  

Standard Bank Limited (SBL) was incorporated as a Private Limited Company on May11, 1999 under the Companies Act, 1994 and the Bank achieved satisfactory progress from its commercial operations on June 03, 1999. SBL has introduced several new products on credit and deposit schemes. It also goes for Corporate and Retail Banking etc. The Bank also participated in fund Syndication with other Banks. Through all these myriad activities SBL has created a positive impact in the Market. The Authorized capital of the Standard Bank Limited is Tk. 750.00 million and Paid up capital is 200.00 million. The authorized capital of the bank has been enhanced to Tk.1250 million and the paid up capital amounted to Tk.759 million as on December 31st 2004. The total shareholders equity and reserve stood at Tk.1099.99 million including sponsors capital of Tk.447.60 million as on December 31st, 2004.

Management and Internal Organization  

The board of directors being at the highest level of organizational structure plays an important role on the policy formulation. The board of directors is not directly concerned with the day to operation of bank, at least in written. The board establishes the objectives and policies of the bank. The board has the authority to declare dividend, approve the Balance Sheet, etc. Chairman keeps board of directors informed, on the progress of the bank and implements the policies established.

Use of Proceeds  

 The Company offers its shares to the public in terms of provisions of Banking License dated 20-05-1999 by the Bangladesh Bank and Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Bank. As required by Bangladesh Bank, Sponsors has earlier fully subscribed and paid for their 2,000,000 shares amounting to Tk. 200.00 million as reflected in the accounts as on 31st December, 2004. Further, Sponsors have raised Tk. 13.00 (4.00+9.00) Crore through issuance of Bonus shares and their own contributions. The proceeds of the present issue of 3,300,000 ordinary shares of Tk. 100 each amounting to Tk. 330,000,000 would be utilized in the normal lending and investment business of the Bank.


  Table 01:  Five years activities at a glance Year Ended 31st December


Vision of SBL


To become a leading banking institution and to play a pivotal role in the development of the country.

 Mission of SBL


Standard Bank Limited aims to become setting a new standard in banking inBangladesh by prudence, flair and quality of operations in their banking sector. The bank has a mission to achieve the organizational goals. The mission is-

 The bank is committed to satisfying diverse needs of its customers through an array of products at a competitive price by using appropriate technology and providing timely service so that a sustainable growth, reasonable return and contribution to the development of the country can be ensured with a motivated and professional work force.

Objectives of the Bank:

The motto of the Standard Bank Limited is to explore a new horizon of innovative modern banking. One of the main objectives of the bank is to be a provider of high quality products and services. The bank also caters to the needs of its corporate clients and provides a comprehensive range of financial services to national and multinational companies. With growing technological revolution in the bank in the not-so-distant future, the Bank is contemplating to introduce ATM service and Credit/Card service to its esteemed clients within the shortest possible time.

It renders all types of personal and business banking services to the customers of all strata of the society within the framework of the Bank Companies Act 1991 and rules and regulations lay down by Bangladesh Bank from time to time. Diversification of products and services and innovation of new products suited to the needs of the customers in keeping with relevant rules and laws have culminated in it being viewed as a niche Bank in the market.

Ø  Subsidiaries and Affiliates:


The Company does not have any subsidiary and does not propose to have any in the foreseeable future. However, the bank intends to keep an open mind to take advantage of any business expansion possibilities where creation of any subsidiary may be warranted.

Ø  Business Operations:


The product range of Standard Bank Limited consists of loans of various types for generating interest income and also for offering banking services of various types to ensure generating fees and commissions for it.




üTo raise capital up to Tk. 1000.00 million by May 2005.


üTo increase direct contact with the clients in order to cultivate a closer relationship between the bank and its clients.


üTo strive for clients satisfaction through quality control and delivery of timely services.


üTo identify clients’ credit and other banking needs and monitor their perception towards employee’s performance in meeting those requirements.


üTo review and update policies, procedures and practices to enhance the ability to extend better service to clients.


üTo train and develop all employees and provide them adequate resources so that clients’ needs can be reasonably addressed.


ü  To promote organizational effectiveness by openly communicating company’s plans, policies, practices and procedures to employees in a timely passion.


üTo cultivate a working environment that fosters positive motivation for improved performance.


üTo diversify portfolio both in the retail and wholesale market.


Features of SBL

There are so many reasons behind the better performance of SBL than any other newly established banks:

vHighly qualified and efficient professionals manage the bank.


vSBL has established a core research and planning division comprising skilled person from the very inception of the bank.


vBanking operations of all branches of SBL has been computerized to provide the frequently customer service.


vSBL has become a member of the SWIFT system to expedite foreign exchange transaction.


vSBL provides attractive interest rate the other financial bank.


vThe bank provides loans to the clients at lower interest rate with easy and flexible condition than others do.


vProfit earning is not the only aim of SBL. The bank is responsible to maintain the social duties.


vThe bank frequently arranges customers meeting to achieve their valuable suggestions.


vLetter of Credit (L/C) commission and other charges are very lower than the others.

Figure 01: Status of Share Capital and Reserve fund of Standard Bank Limited


                           Capital and Reserve (Million Taka)


The deposit base of the bank continues to resister steady growth and stood at Tk. 8731.35 million as on December 31st, 2004 as against Tk. 5612.42 million as on December 31st 2004. It is an increase of 55.57%; the bank has by this time achieved a stable and sizable deposit base and has managed its deposit actively for the purpose of both liquidity and profitability.


Loans and Advance


The total loans and advances of the Bank stood at Tk. 7800.95 million (including bill purchased and discounted) as on December 31st, 2004 compared to Tk. 4952.24 million as of December 31st, 2003 showing an increase of 57.52%.


Figure 02: Deposit and Advance for STANDARD BANK LIMITED


 Deposit and Advance (Million Taka)




The investment has always an inverse relationship with capital adequacy ratio although it contributes to the desired bottom figure. The size of the investment portfolio in the year 2004 rose at Tk.943.08 million including government Treasury bill and the other security bonds against Tk. 522.25 million are showing an increase of 80.58%.


Export Business


 Export business handled by the Bank during the year 2004 amounted to Tk. 3536.51 million as against Tk.1713.21 million of the preceding year registering an increase of 106.43%.


Import Business


The total quantum of import business handled by the Bank in 2004 stood at Tk.11353.45 million as compared to the volume of Tk.6435.83 in 2003 registering an increase of 76.41%. 


Modernization and Development of the Branches


 The bank has endowed the branches with modern and sophisticated equipments and brought all the branches under computer network using the Bank’s own software in day to day banking for rendering prompt and skilled services to the clients.


Auditors of the Bank


 The Audit Firms M/s. Howladar & Co. has done audit and Inspection of the Books of Accounts of the Bank for the accounting year ended 31st December 2004. Jointly.


                  Figure 03: Standard Bank Profile


 Foreign Exchange Branch At a Glance

The branch is situated in the first floor of of Jibon Bima Bhabon Dhaka. Total space of the branch is approximately 3806 square feet. The branch is located at the center of the Motijheel Commercial area. Thus the branch has the potential to attract large number business organization as well as small and medium size customers.


Manpower of the Branch


The branch is operated through 14 employees who are dynamic, sincere, goal oriented and highly motivated. The branch also has 2 peons and two guards as well. The following table shows the no. of employees and their designation:




Summary of Number of Employees and their Designation in Imamgonj Branch



For attaining the overall profit for the Bank and for the branch as well advance considered as one of the prime technique. Bank wants to give advance as much as possible for attaining the target profit. As on December 31, 2004 the total advance given by the branch is Tk.44 crore.

Total Classified Advance


Total Classified advance for the branch as on December 31, 2004 is Tk. 8, 32,00

Foreign Exchange Business (Import-Export)


Foreign exchange business is the most contributing sector, which generates       more than 80% of the Branch profits. Total business achieved up to December 31, 2004 in the import business amounting to Tk.52 crore. Up to this period number of L/C handled is 329. Total business achieved up to December 31, 2004 in the export business amounting to Tk.40 crore.


Loan Against Trust Receipt


Outstanding balance on loan against trust receipt as on May 31, 2005 amounted to Tk.12 crore.


Payment Against Document


Outstanding balance on payment against document as on May 31, 2005 amounted to Tk.21 crore.





One of the largest businesses carried out by the commercial bank is foreign trading. The trade among various countries falls for close link between the parties dealing in trade. The situation calls for expertise in the field of foreign operations. The bank, which provides such operation, is referred to as rending international banking operation. Mainly transactions with overseas countries in respect of import, export and foreign remittance come under the preview of foreign exchange department. International trade demands a flow of goods from seller to buyer and of payment from buyer to seller. In this case the bank plays a vital role to bridge between the buyer and seller.

 Foreign exchange department of Standard Bank is one of the most important departments of all departments. This department handles various types of activities by three separate sections:

a)        Import section


b)        Export section.


c)        Foreign remittance section.




Imports are foreign goods and services purchased by consumers, firms and Governments in Bangladesh. To import, a person should be competent to be an importer. According to Import and Export Control Act, 1950, the Office of Chief Controller of Import and Export provides the registration (IRC) to the importer.


Import Procedures

Registration with CCI&E

 a)  For engaging in international trade, every trader must be first registered  with the Chief Controller of Import and Export.

b)     By paying specified registration fees and submitting necessary papersto the CCI&E. the trader will get IRC (Import Registration Certificate). After obtaining   IRC, the person is eligible to import.


Purchase Contract between importer and exporter


 a) Now the importer has to contact with the seller outside the country to obtain the proforma invoice / indent which describes goods.

b) Indent is got through indenters’ local agent of the sellers.

c)  After the importer accept the ‘proforma invoice, he makes a purchase


     contract with the exporter declaring the terms and conditions of the




d) Import procedure differs with different means of payment. In most cases 


     import payment is made by the documentary letter of credit (L/C) in oar 




Collection of LCA form


The importer collects a Letter of Credit Authorization (LCA) form SBL Principal Branch.


Opening a Letter of Credit (L/C)


 In international environment, buyers and sellers are often unknown to each other. So seller always seek guarantee for the payment for his goods exported. Here is the role of bank. Bank gives export guarantee that it will pay for the goods on behalf of the buyer. This guarantee is called Letter of Credit. Thus the contract between importer and exporter is given a legal shape by the banker by its Letter of Credit’.


Parties of L/C


            a) Importer – Seller who applies for opening an L/C.


b)  Issuing Bank – It-is the bank which opens/issues a L/C on behalf of the       




c)  Confirming Bank – It is the bank, which adds its confirmation to the


    credit and it, is done at the request of issuing bank. Confirming bank may


    or may not be advising bank.


d) Advising / Notifying Bank – is the bank through which the L/C is  


    advised to the exporters. This bank is actually situated in exporters


    country. It may  also assume the role of confirming and / or negotiating


    bank depending upon the condition of the credit.


e)  Negotiating Bank – is the bank, which negotiates the bill and pays the 


     amount of the beneficiary. The advising bank and the negotiating bank 


      may or may not be the same. Sometimes it can also be confirming




f) Paying / Accepting Bank – is the bank on which the bill will be drawn


      (As per condition of the credit). Usually it is the issuing bank.


g)     Reimbursing bank – is the bank, which would reimburse the negotiating   bank after getting payment – instructions from issuing bank.

Application for L/C limit


Before opening L/C, importer applies for L/C limit. To have an import L/C limit, an importer submits an application to the Foreign Exchange Department of SBL furnishing the following information, –

a)  Full particulars of bank account maintained with SBL Imamgonj




b) Nature of business


c)  Required amount of limit


d) Payment terms and conditions


e)  Goods to be imported


f)   Offered security


g)  Repayment schedule


A credit Officer scrutinizes this application and accordingly prepares a proposal (CLP) and forwards it to the Head Office Credit Committee (HOCC) through the regional office of Imamgonj Branch. The Committee, if satisfied, sanctions the limit and returns back to the branch. Thus the importer is entitled for the limit.


The L/C Application


After getting the L/C limit importer applies to the branch to open a letter of credit on behalf of the party and submits the following papers.

a)Documentary Credit Application Form:


 SBL provides a printed form for opening of L/C to the importer. This form is known as Credit Application form. Usually the importer expresses his desire to open the L/C quoting the amount of margin in percentage.

b) Proforma Invoice: It states description of the goods including quantity, unit


     price etc.


c)   The insurance cover note: The name of issuing company and the insurance


       number is to be mentioned on it.


d)  The Letter of credit authorization (LCA) form: LCA form should be duly  




e)  The Form-IMP.


f)   Tax Information Certificate


g)   Forwarding for Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI):


       Importer sends forwarding letter to exporter for Pre-Shipment Inspection. But


       all types of goods do not require PSI.


 Scrutiny of L/C Application

The SBL Official scrutinizes the application in the following manner, –


 a) The terms and conditions of the L/C must be complied with UCPDC 500


     and Exchange Control & Import Trade Regulation.


b) Eligibility of the goods to be imported.


c)  The L/C must not be opened in favor of the importer.


d) Radioactivity report in case of food item.


e)   Survey report or certificate in case of old machinery


f)   Carrying vessel is not of Israel or of Serbia- Montenegro


g)  Certificate declaring that the item is hi operation not more than 5 years  


      in case of car.


Transmission of L/C to Beneficiary through Advising Bank


Then the transmission of L/C is done through tested telex or fax to advise the L/C to the advising bank. The advising bank verifies the authenticity of the L/C.SBL has corresponding relationship or arrangement throughout the world by which the L/C is advised. Actually the advising bank does not take any liability if otherwise not requested.

Amendment of the Letter of Credit


When the parties involved in a L/C, especially the seller want to change the terms and conditions due to some obvious and genuine reasons the credit should be amended. SBL transmits the amendment by tested telex or through swift to the advising bank. According to Articles 5 of UCPDC500. Amendments must be complete and precise.

Presentation of the Documents


a. The seller being satisfied with the terms and the conditions of the credit   


    makes shipment of the goods as per L/C terms.


b. After making the shipment of the goods in favor of the importer the


     exporter submits the documents to the negotiating bank.


c. After receiving all the documents, the negotiating bank then checks the


    documents against the credit If the documents are found in order, the 


    bank will pay, accept or negotiate to SBL


d. Branch & bank received seal to be affixed on the forwarding schedule


e. The bill of exchange and transport documents must immediately be


    crossed to protect loss or fraudulent.


The branch requires the following documents to be presented with the bank and checks them duly. The usual documents are,-


*     Invoice   


*     Bill of lading 


*     Certificate of origin


*     Packing list


*     Weight list


*     Shipping advice


*     Non-negotiable copy of bill of lading


*     Bill of exchange


*     Pre-shipment inspection report


*     Shipment certificates


Examination of Shipping Documents

One of the basic principles of documentary credit is that all parties deal with document and not with goods (Articles 6 of UCPDC-500). That is why the documents should be scrutinized properly. If any discrepancy in the documents is found, that is to be informed to the party. A checklist may be followed for examining the documents. Then the following things can happen. These are indicated in the following:

 a. Discrepancy found but the importer accepts – then the bank will


      lodge the documents.


b. Discrepancy found and importer not agreed to accept – Issuing bank


would intimate negotiating bank for revised document or return the   


documents to the negotiating bank for necessary action. Here issuing


bank is not bound to pay because the documents send by exporter is not


in accordance with the terms of L/C.

 c. Documents are OK but importer is not willing to retire the documents –In this case bank is obligated to pay the price of exported goods. Since importer did not pay for bill of exchange, this payment by bank is one kind of credit to the importer and this credit in banking is known as FORCED PAD.


 d. Everything is O.K. but importer fails to clear goods from the port and request bank to clear – In this case banks clear the goods and takes delivery of the same by paying customs duty and sales tax etc. So, this expenditure is debited to the importer’s account and in banking it is called LIM.


Lodgment of Documents


Lodgment means retirement of funds. Usually payment is made within  seven days after the documents have been received. If the payment is become deferred, the negotiating bank may claim interest for making delay.


Retirement of Documents


 The importer approaches with a letter for retirement of the document against full payment with up to date interest and charges payable. Bank prepares cost memo in printed form on account of the concerned party giving details head of charges payable. Then the documents are delivered to the importer. The importer releases the importers goods from the port authority with the help of the clearing and forwarding agents. C&F agent clears the goods from the port and hands over the goods to the importer. After completion of all official requirements C&F agent submits the bill of entry to the banks. The Bill of Entry is wanted from the party for maintaining the evidence as the goods have been arrived.



Bangladesh exports a large quantity of goods and services to foreign households. Readymade textile garments (both knitted and woven), Jute, Jute-made products, frozen shrimps, tea are the main goods that Bangladeshi exporters exports to foreign countries. Garments sector is the largest sector that exports the lion share of the country’s export. Bangladesh exports most of its readymade garments products to U.S.A and European Community (EC) countries. Bangladesh exports about 40% of its readymade garments products to U.S.A. Most of the exporters who export through SBL Foreign exchange Branch are readymade garment exporters. They open export L/Cs here to export their goods, which they open against the import L/Cs opened by their foreign importers.

Formalities for Export L/C


  There are a number of formalities, which an exporter has to fulfill before and after shipment of goods. These formalities or procedures are enumerated as follows, –


a) Obtaining Export Registration Certificate ERC: No exporter is allowed to export any commodity permissible for export from Bangladesh unless he is registered with Chief Controller of Imports and Exports (CCI & E) and holds valid Export Registration Certificate (ERC). After applying to the CCI&E in the prescribed from along with the necessary papers, concerned offices of the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports issues ERC. Once registered, exporters are to make renewal of ERC every year.

 b) Securing the order:After getting ERC, the exporter may proceed to secure the export order. He can do this by contracting the buyers directly through correspondence.


 c)   Obtaining EXP: After having the registration, the exporter applies to SBL with the trade license, ERC and the Certificate from the concerned Government Organization to get EXP. If the bank is satisfied, an EXP is issued to the exporter.

d) Signing of the contract: After communicating with buyer the exporter has to get contracted for exporting exportable items from Bangladesh detailing commodity, quantity, price, shipment, insurance and mark, inspection, arbitration etc.


e)   Receiving the Letter of Credit: After getting contract for sale, exporter should ask the buyer for Letter of Credit clearly stating terms and conditions of export and payment.


f)   Procuring the materials: After making the deal and on having the L/C opened in his favor, the next step for the exporter is to set about the task of procuring or manufacturing the contracted merchandise.


g)  Endorsement on EXP: Before the exporter with the customs or postal authorities lodges the export forms, they should get all the copies endorsed by SBL. Before shipment, exporter submits EXP. form with commercial invoice. Then SBL officer checks it properly, if satisfied, certifies the EXP. Without it exporter cannot make shipment. The customer must declare all export goods on the EXP issued by the authorized dealers


Disposal of Export Forms:


Original:   customs   authority   reports   first   copy   of EXP   to


       Bangladesh Bank after shipment of the goods.


Duplicate: Negotiating bank reports the Duplicate to Bangladesh Bank   


                  in or after negotiation date but not later than 14 days from


                  the date of shipment.


Triplicate: on realization of export proceeds the same bank to the


       same authority reports Triplicate.


Quadruplicate: Finally, the negotiating bank as their office copy


       retains Quadruplicate


h) Shipment of goods: Exporter makes shipment according to the terms and condition of L/C.


i)   Presentation of export documents for negotiation: After shipment, exporter submits the following documents to SBL for negotiation.


*     Bill of Exchange or Draft;


*     Bill of Lading


*     Invoice


*     Insurance Policy/Certificate


*     Certificate of origin


*     Inspection Certificate


*     Consular Invoice


*     Packing List


*     Quality Control Certificate


*     G.S.P. certificate


*     Photo


j)   Examination   of Document:   Banks   deal   with   documents   only,   not   with commodity. As the negotiating bank is giving the value before repatriation of the export proceeds  it is  advisable to   scrutinize   and examine   each  and   every document  with  great  care  whether  any  discrepancy(s)  is  observed  in the documents. The bankers are to ascertain that the documents are strictly as per the terms of L/C Before negotiation of the export bill. Bank officers assigned for examining the export documents may use a checklist for their convenience.


k) Negotiation of export documents:Negotiation stands for payment of value to the exporter against the documents stipulated in the LC. If documents are in order, SBL purchases (negotiates) the same on the basis of banker- customer relationship. This is known as Foreign Documentary Bill Purchase (FDBP).If the bank is not satisfied with the documents submitted to SBL gives the exporter reasonable time to remove the discrepancies or sends the documents to L/C opening bank for collection. This is known as Foreign Documentary Bill for Collection (FDBC).


 I)   Settlement of Local Bills:


The settlement of local bills is done in the following ways, –


*     The customer submits the L/C to SBL along with the documents to negotiate


*     SBL official scrutinizes the documents to ensure the conformity with the terms and conditions.


*      The documents are then forwarded to the L/C opening bank.


*      The L/C issuing banks gives the acceptance and forwards an acceptanceletter.


*     Payment is given to the customer on either by collection basis or by purchasing the document.

Mode of Payment of Export Bill under L/C


As per UCP 500, 1993 revision there are four types of credit. These are as follows:


                                                            a.      Sight payment


                                                            b.      Deferred payment


                                                            c.      By acceptance


                                                            d.      Negotiation


a.   Sight Payment Credit:


In a Sight Payment Credit, the bank pays the stipulated sum immediately against the exporter’s presentation of the documents.


 b.   Deferred payment Credit:


In deferred payment, the bank agrees to pay on a specified future date or event, after presentation of the export documents.


c.   Acceptance credit:


In acceptance credit, the exporter presents a bill of exchange payable to him and drawn at the agreed tenor (that is, on a specified future date or event) on the bank that is to accept it. The bank signs its acceptance on the bill and returns it to the exporter. The exporter can then represent it for payment on maturity. Alternatively he can discount, it in order to obtain immediate payment.


d.   Negotiation Credit:


In Negotiation credit, the exporter has to present a bill of exchange payable to him in addition to other documents that the bank negotiates.

Advising L/C


When export L/C is transmitted to the bank for advising, the bank sends an Advising Letter to the beneficiary depicting that L/C has been issued.


Test key Arrangement


Test key arrangement is a secret code maintained by the banks for the authentication for their telex messages. It is a systematic procedure by which a test number is given and the person to whom this number is given can easily authenticate the same test number by maintaining that same procedure. SBL has test key arrangements with so many banks for the authentication of L/C messages and for making payments.


Back-to-back L/C


A Back-to-Back mechanism involves two separate L/Cs. One is master Export L/C and another is Back-to-Back L/C. On the strength of Master Export L/C bank issues Back-to-Back L/C. Back-to-Back L/C is commonly known as Buying L/C. On the contrary, Master Export L/C is known as Selling L/C.


Features of Back-to-Back L/C


§  Is an Import L/C to procure goods /raw materials for further




§  Is opened based on Export L/C.


§  It is a kind of Export Finance.


§  Export L/C is at Sight but back to Back L/C is at Usance.


§  No margin is required to open Back to back L/C


 Checklist to Open Back-to-Back L/C


*     Application is registered with CCI&E and has bonded warehouse license.


*     The master L/C has adequate validity period and has not defective clause.


*     L/C value shall not exceed the admissible percentage of net FOB value of relative Master L/C.


*      Usance period will be up to 180 days.


Papers Required Opening Back-to-Back L/C


      Import registration certificate & export registration certificate


*     L/C application and LCA form


*     Proforma invoice or indent


*     Insurance policy


*     IMP form


*     Bonded warehouse license


*     Quota allocation letter from export processing Bureau (EPB)

 Steps to Issue Back-to-Back L/C


*     Obtain all required papers


*     Check the credit limit.


*     Prepare offering sheet if regular credit line is available.


*     Mark lien on the master L/C.


*     Issue the L/C.

Payments under back-to-back L/C


*     Payment at maturity out of exports proceeds.


*     In case of export failure or non-realization/short realization of export proceeds, forced loan i.e. has to be created in order to settle the Back-to-Back L/C payment.


A simple mechanism of back-to-back L/C


*     Buyer USA Ltd. instructs his bank to issue the Export L/C in favor of Bangladeshi Garments Ltd.




*     An USA bank issues the L/C and forwards the same to Bangladeshi Garments through a Bangladeshi bank.




*     Bangladeshi Garments Ltd. submits his Export L/C with a request to his bank, say SBL for lien of the Export L/C and to issue Back-to-Back L/C in favor of Taiwan Textile Ltd.




*     SBL issue Back-to-Back L/C and forwards the same to Taiwan Textile Ltd. through a Taiwanese bank.








The primary function of commercial banks is the extension of credit to borrowers. Bank credit is a catalyst for bringing about economic development. Without adequate finance there can be no growth or maintenance of stable output. Bank lending is important to the economy, for it makes possible the financing of commercial and industrial activities of a nation. At the same time, a bank will, therefore, distribute its funds among various assets in a manner as to derive sufficient income. But as liquidity and  profitability are conflicting considerations, Standard Bank Limited, as a private sector commercial bank, while employing the funds pays due regard to both profitability and liquidity.

Advance Banking 


Advance banking is one of the significant schemes of Standard Bank Limited. It contributes a huge portion of income in the Standard Bank total revenue, provides different types of loan to its borrowers as a lender. The bank operates advance facilities through different branches. Certain terms and condition are followed when the loan is sanctioned to the borrowers. But the entire loan sanction procedure is controlled and monitored by the Regional office and finally through Head Office.

Credit Principles


In order to secure a balance between liquidity, profitability and security. The Foreign exchange Branch of Standard Bank Limited follows the following principles of sound lending,-


It means that while lending, adequate care is taken so that the     branch does not fall in liquidity crisis. That’s why; the branch chooses such securities which posse’s sufficient liquidity.  



The branch exercises the lending function only when it’s safe and that the risk factor is adequately mitigated and covered. Safety depends upon,


a) The security offered by the borrower,-


b) The repaying capacity and willingness of the debtor to repay    the loan with interest.



In order to minimize risk, the branch invests its funds in different types of securities of different industries situated in different locations of the country.



From the commercial point of view, the branch considers sufficient yield or return while financing a project.

Productive purpose:

The branch exercises its lending function only on productive purpose.

Organizational as well as National or Social Interest:

The branch does not undertake any project or finance in such concern, which will go against the interest of the bank. The branch also considers national aspect of any project while financing. They take utmost care so that the project cannot be detrimental to the society as well as to the nation.


Types of Loans and Advances


Standard Bank Limited was regarded as a problem bank a few years back. Still the bank as well as the branch possesses a large amount of classified loans. Thus the credit division of the branch is under intense scrutiny. The different type of loans and advances that SBL offers are as follows, ‘-


Secured Overdraft (SOD):

It is a continuous advance facility. By this agreement the banker allows his customer to overdraft his current account up to his credit limits sanctioned by the bank. The interest is charged on the amount, which he withdraws, not on the sanctioned amount, SBL sanctions SOD against different security. Based on different types of security, we can divide the following category of the facility:


a.   SOD (General):Advances allowed to the individuals/firms against financial obligations i.e. lien of F.D.R or Defense Savings Certificate, ICB Unit Certificate etc.


b.   SOD (Others):Advances allowed against assignment of work  


        order for execution of contractual works falls under this head. The


        advance is generally allowed for specific purposes. It is not a


         continuous loan.


c. SOD (Export):Advance allowed to purchasing foreign currency  


        for payment against L/Cs (Back To Back) where the exporter can  


         not materialize before the date of import payment

LTR (Loan against Trust Receipts):

Advance allowed for retirement of shipping documents and release of goods imported through L/C falls under this head. The goods are handed over to the importer under trust with the arrangement that sale proceeds should be deposited to liquidate the advances within a given period. This is post import finance by SBL.


Inland Bills Purchased (IBP):

Payment made against documents representing sell of goods to local export oriented industries which are deemed as exports and which are denominated in Local currency. Foreign currency falls under this head too. The bill of exchange is held as the primary security. The client submits the usance bill and the bank discounts it. This temporary liability is adjustable from the proceeds of the bills.


Loan against Other Securities (LAOS):

Loan against Other Securities is a 100% secured advance, which requires no sanction from the Head Office. Marking lien on FDR, ICB Unit Certificate etc, bank sanctions it.


Term Loan:

SBL considers the loans, which are sanctioned for more than one year as term loan. Under this facility, an enterprise is financed from the starting to its finishing, i.e. from installation to its production. SBL offers this facility only to big industries.


Selection of Borrower


In lending, the most important step is the selection of the borrower. Due to the asymmetric information and moral hazard, banks have to suffer a lot due to the classified loans and advances, which weakens the financial soundness of the bank. If the selection of borrower is correct, that is, the borrower is of good character, capital and capacity or of reliability, resourceful and responsible; the bank can easily get the return from the lending. Consequently, monitoring is made much easier for the banker. From this point of view, SBL follows the following procedures, –


Studying past track record:

After getting an application for a loan, an SBL Official studies the past track record of the applicant. Generally the study includes, –


a) Account balances and the past transactions.


b) Credit report from other banks.


c) Information of the Industry by studying market feasibility.


d)  Financial statements (balance sheet, cash flow statement, and income statement). If the borrower is a sole- proprietor, then the single entry accounting treatment is converted to double entry system.


c)  Report from Credit Information Bureau of Bangladesh Bank if the amount is more than TK.10 lac.


Borrower Analysis:

Borrower analysis is done from the angle of 3-C


*     Character


*     Capital


*     Capacity


Or from the angle of 3-R, which is as follows: –


*     Reliability


*     Resourcefulness


*     Responsibility.


It follows that the bank forms a rational judgment about the integrity of the borrower, which should be undoubted. The human skill, conceptual skill, operational skill is qualitatively analyzed.

Credit Approval Procedure


After receiving the application from the client, SBL official prepares a Credit Line Proposal (CLP) and forwards the same to the Head Office through Regional Office to place before Head Office Credit Committee for approval. It includes, –


vRequest for credit limit of customer.


vProject profile/ profile of business.


vCopy of trade license duly attested.


vCopy of TIN certificate.


vCertificate copy of Memorandum & Articles of Association, certificate of incorporation, certificate of commencement of business, Resolution of the Board, Partnership Deed, (Where applicable)


v3 years Balance sheet and profit & loss account.


vPersonal net worth statement of the owner/ directors/ partners etc.


vValuation certificate of the collateral security in Bank’s form with photograph of the security.


vCIB Inquiry form duly filled in (for proposal of above 10lac)


vCredit report from another bank (if possible).


vStock report duly verified (where applicable)


vIndent/ Proforma invoice/ Quotation.


vPrice verification report


vStatement of accounts


v  Declaration of the name of the sister concern and their liability.


v  In case of L/C detailed performance of L/C during last year.


Therefore, the steps in lending can be sum up as follows, –



To make the loan secured, charging sufficient security on the credit facilities is very important. The banker cannot afford to take the risk of non-recovery of the money lent. SBL charges the following two types of security, –


a) Primary security:These are the security taken by the ownership of the items for which bank provides the facility.


b) Collateral security:Collateral securities refer to the securities deposited by the third party to secure the advance for the borrower in narrow sense. In wider sense, it denotes any type of security on which the bank has personal right of action on the debtor in respect of the advance.



Mode of Charging Securities


There are different modes of charging security is exercised by the bank:



is the bailment of the goods as security for payment of a debt or performance of a promise. A pledge may be in respect of goods including stocks and share as well as documents of title to goods such as railway receipt, bills of lading, dock warrants etc. duly endorsed in bank’s favor.



In case of hypothecation, the possession and the ownership of the goods both rest the borrower. The borrower to the banker creates an equitable charge on the security. The borrower does this by executing a document known as Agreement of Hypothecation in favor of the lending bank.


is the right of the banker to retain the goods of the borrower until the loan is repaid. The bankers’ lien is general lien. A banker can retain all securities in his possession till all claims against the concern person are satisfied.


According to section (58) of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882 mortgage is the “transfer of an interest in specific immovable property for the purpose of securing the payment of money advanced or to be advanced by way of loan, existing or fixture debt or the performance of an engagement which may give rise to a pecuniary liability”. In this case the mortgagor dose not transfer the ownership of the specific immovable property to the mortgage only transfers some of his rights as an owner. The banker exercises the equitable mortgage.



Documentation can be described as the process or technique of obtaining the relevant documents. In spite of the fact that banker lends credit to a borrower after inquiring about the character, capacity and capital of the borrower, he must obtain proper documents executed from the borrower to protect him against willful defaults. Moreover, when money is lent against some security of some assets, the document must be executed in order to give the banker a legal and binding charge against those assets. Documents contain the precise terms of granting loans and they serve as important evidence in the law courts if the circumstances so desire. That’s why all approval procedure and proper documentation shall be completed prior to the disbursement of the facilities. Charge documents as required by the different types of advances are mentioned bellow:




*      DP Note signed on revenue stamp

*      Letter of arrangement.

*      Letter of disbursement.

*      Letter of partnership (partnership farm) or Board of resolution (limited   companies).

*      Letter of pledge.

*      Letter of hypothecation.

*     Letter of lien and ownership / share transfer form (in case of advance       againstshare).

*     Letter of lien for packing credit.

*     Letter of lien (in case of advance against F D R)

*      Letter of lien and transfer authority.

*     Legal documents for mortgage of property (As drafted by legal


*     Copy of sanction letter mentioning details of terms and condition  

      dulyacknowledge by the borrower

*      Trust receipt.



*      DP Note.

*      Letter of partnership.

*      Letter of arrangement.

*      Letter of continuity.

*      Letter of lien.

*      Letter of lien and ownership /share transfer form (in case of advance  

       against share).

*      Letter of lien and transfer authority.

*      Legal documents for mortgage of property.


Cash Credit


*     D P Note.

*     Letter of partnership. (In case of partnership farm) or Board of resolution       

*     in case of limited company)

*     Letter of arrangement, ct Letter of continuity

*     Letter of hypothecation

*     Legal documents for mortgage of property

*     Letter of pledge or Agreement of pledge. [In case of cash credit (pledge)]


Bills purchased


*     DP Note.

*     Letter of partnership.(in case of partnership farm) or Board of resolution  ( in case of limited company)

*     Letter of arrangement.

*     Letter of acceptance, where it calls for acceptance by the drawee. &     

*     Letter of hypothecation of bill.


Credit disbursement


Having completely and accurately prepares the necessary loan documents, and after proper authorization and sanction from the head office the loan officer ready to disburse the loan to the borrower’s loan account After disbursement, the loan needs to be monitored to ensure whether the terms and conditions of the loan fulfilled by both bank and client or not.

 Credit Monitoring, Follow-up and Supervision


Credit monitoring implies that the checking of the pattern of use of the disbursed fund to ensure whether it is used for the right purpose or not It includes a reporting system and communication arrangement between the borrower and the lending institution and within department, appraisal, disbursement, recoveries, follow-up etc.

SBL Officer checks on the following points-


a)  The borrower’s behavior of turnover

b)  The information regarding the profitability, liquidity, cash flow situation and      

      trend in sales in maintaining various ratios.


The review and classification of credit facilities starts at Credit Department of the Branch with the Branch Manager and finally with Head Office Credit Division.


Loan Classification


Loan classification is a process by which the risk or loss potential associated with the loan accounts of a bank on a particular date is identified and quantified to measure accurately the level of reserves to be maintained by the bank to provide for the probable loss on account those risky loan. All types of loans of a bank are fall into following four scales:


a)  Unclassified: Repayment is regular.

b) Substandard: Repayment is stopped or irregular but has reasonable  

    prospect of improvement.

c)  Doubtful debt: Unlikely to be repaid but special collection efforts may

    result in partial recovery.

d) Bad / Loss: Very little chance of recovery.

Loan Classification procedure


The classification procedure is done as per the Central Bank’s instructions in B C D circular No.34 of 1989, BCD circular NO. 20 of 1994. The loans are classified on the basis of following criteria: –


a)  Overdue

b)  Required payment

c)  Limit Overdrawn

d)  Legal action

e)  Qualitative judgment



Legal Framework for Loan Recovery



After being classified, if the borrower is disable to adjust the loan then the bank can take the following legal actions by filing suit, –


a) Filing certificate cases under Public Demand Recovery Act-1913.

b) Filing money suit cases under Artha Rin Adalat-1990.

c)  Filing Bankruptcy cases under Bankruptcy Act-1997.

d) Filing cases under Negotiable Instrument Act-1881 section 138 to 141      

                for insufficient fund. (In case of term loan)







Most of the banks did not have a major marketing program in their operation prior to the 1980s.Deregulation and rising competition for financial services has motivated banks to market themselves better than in the past. For most bankers, this change in the competitive environment means longer working hours, more interpersonal contact with customers and greater risks in profitably selling products. However, there are increased opportunities too expand business activities for different products, create new products, produce a more diversified set of financial services, and increase profits. In this regard, marketing strategy can contribute significantly to coping successfully with the economic realities of today’s financial marketplace. SBL have already developed and used marketing strategy to attract and retain clients from its establishing period, though the management of the bank has not enough academic knowledge in marketing.



Relationship banking means the overall process of building and marinating profitable customer relationship, by delivering superior customer value and satisfaction. Relationship banking is oriented toward the long term relationship with the clients. Today’s smart bank not only want create clients, they want to “own” them for life, capture their customer life time value, and build overall customer equity. (Customer equity means the total combined customer life time values of all its customers). 


Strategic planning helps to guide the SBL’s management take action for the future. The first step in strategic planning is an assessment of the bank’s strengths and weakness. Some common criteria are used to assess strengths and weakness. They are as follows:   It has branches in all the big cities of the country;   It is well decorated;   SBL has latest technology            


SBL has no credit card division   It has no research division    


Opportunity to provide services by resetting the rate of interest.  


Competitors are developing a superior technology.   Major economic depression.   After evaluating strengths and weaknesses, opportunities, and threat SBL’s management can consider alternative marketing strategies. Berry and Pararasuraman point out that marketing strategy must be consistent with the type of institution. They identify some basic categories of institutions:   Underdog   Dominant, and   Losing institutions.   An underdog institution seeks to increase its market share and market power.   A dominant institution strategy normally seeks to retain its market position.   A losing institution strategy may occur in periods of rapid change, causing the institution to take on excessive risk.


With a strategic plan in hand; bank managers can proceed with the development of a marketing plan. The marketing plan should be compatible with and contribute to tile strategic plan. From this perspective, two aspects of marketing planning are product portfolio analysis and intangible services.  

Product portfolio analysis:

Product portfolio analysis is a process of evaluating the role of each product on both sides of the balance sheet. By doing so, products can be classified by their contribution to the bank’s objectives and a cohesive marketing plan for the products can be drifted. To assess the role of a product, the competitive strength of the bank can be compared to other banks in the market. The market attractiveness of the product in terms of growth and the ability to cross-sell with other bank products are considered. Products that are not rated highly on these dimensions would likely cause miss-allocations of resources to the extent that they are produced. At times, however, it is feasible to produce a marginally rated financial service.  

Intangible services:

Intangible services relate to the fact that financial products are services rather than goods. The intangible nature of services presents difficulties in their promotion and sale. One way to overcome this dilemma is to associate the service with a tangible object. Another approach is to divert attention away from the intangible service and toward the “relationship” between the bank’s employees and the customer. The bank personnel are tangible and customers become their personal clients. You are not receiving a nameless, faceless service but a friendly, helpful salesperson. Thus, intangible services can be more easily promoted and sold by transforming them into physical goods as perceived by customers.  


Suzanne Donner, a management consultant, recently commented, to remain competitive and maximize profitability, every bank of every size in every size in every area of the United States will have to more actively segment its customer bases. The small independent banks will need to respond to newer, bigger players in their markets, theoretical by offering greater numbers of cheaper products. The super regional will need to leverage their size and control the profitability of each market and branch. Clearly, market segmentation is an essential part of bank marketing strategy. Customer demands in retail markets usually vary with demographics e.g., Age Sex, family size Occupation Education, race Religion and income   But other characteristics such as social class, lifestyle, and attitudes can also be important. In a corporate market, company size, products, location, extent of credit needed. And other financial service support requirements will affect customer demands.        


Another important set of decisions, related to market segmentation is market positioning. One might want to be an international, national, regional, or community bank. Other questions arise with regard to pricing personnel distribution or delivery, and profitability. Market positioning is a pluralistic concept that encompasses a variety of issues. Donnelly, Berry and Thomson propose the following minimal level of institutional positioning.   Relationship Bank; Investment Bank; Everywhere Bank; Selling Bank; SBL wants to be a relationship bank. Ultimately, market segmentation helps to improve profitability.


SBL is trying to take position in the mind of the target market through using marketing tools appropriately. capital and reserve (POSITIONING STRATEGY)    


SBL has to sell both liabilities (such as various deposits) and assets (credit and advance). So it has two sided target market these are given below:

  • Liabilities Market
  • Asset Market

capital and reserve Chapter 5 CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION



Success in the banking business largely depends on effective lending and Advance foreign exchange facilities. Less the amount of loan losses, the more the income will be from Credit operations. Beside this successful foreign exchange activities can provide more profit to the Bank and also create a positive image of the country in the international trade.   Though there are some drawback X in the foreign exchange department and credit department, modern banking technology and employees sincerity may lead to increase profit.   Finally it can be argued that though the results achieved so far are not satisfactory, Credit Financing is a modern scientific technique for enhancing Standard Bank’s strength and there lies the opportunities to make it more effective in the future for the Bank’s own benefit.


It is clear that the Standard Bank Limited Foreign Exchange  Branch has ensured both productive utilization of loans and their recovery in due time, thus helping to improve the overall status of the Bank. The branch success has been made possible due to dynamic leadership of the Branch Management, proper guidelines, good counsel and devotion and sincerity of all categories of officers and the employees of the Branch. The branch learns through a process of trial and error. A large number of ideas about its loans, operations, recovery etc. are generated from the innovative and dynamic members of the branch. The branch tries out these ideas and attempts to improve upon the results. However the branch may have scope to improve in a few areas. For example:

01. The number of exporter and importer who operate through this bank is not enough to achieve the goal. So SBL should offer more facilities to attract them to be their client.

02. In addition with the present services they should include more services. It is badly needed to provide more services to the customer in order to compete in the market.

03. Banking is a service-oriented marketing. Its business profit depends on its service quality. That’s why the authority should always be aware about their service quality.

04. Foreign exchange department should be fully computerized that the exchange process would be convenient for both the bankers and the clients  

05. Bank should offer more facilities to the customers such as credit card, visa card, ATM machine etc to survive in the competition.

06. The loan sanction process should be easier that the clients can feel convenient to take loan from the bank.

 07. Now a day’s world is going very fast. Today most of the competing banks are offering online service system. So in order to compete in the world market the branch should adopt online banking system.

08. The Branch should diversify its banking services and add new features in its services so that it can attract customers from all groups of people. Financial Engineers of SBL should be innovative in developing new banking services, which will attract customers and reduce costs. It can provide bridge loan, or can engage in lease financing. It can also underwrite shares of newly incorporated public companies.

09. One of the business strategies is promotion. Successful business depends how they can promote their products or services to the customers. In this connection to improve the business status the branch should introduce more promotional programs.

10. The loan sanction procedure of the branch should be relaxed. Head office and the regional office should not try to dictate every aspect of the credit sanctioning process, which is creating problem for the branch.