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Item 1: Deposits, fixed or at call held in your books

  • Bank deposits:
    • Time deposits
    • Fixed deposits, with fixed interest rate
    • Deposit at call with daily basis interest
  • Accounted as bank balance under current assets, unless deposit matures after 1 year (accounted as pledged bank deposit if pledged, with proper disclosure).

Item 2: Saving accounts held in your books

  • Cash in savings accounts, with interest of compound daily basis
  • Accounted as bank balance under current assets, with accrued interest income.

 Item 3: Current account balances held in your books

  • Cash in current accounts, with interest, also cover cash to be drawn by cheque
  • Accounted as bank balance under current assets. If overdrawn, accounted as current liabilities with accrued interest.

Item 4: Loan amount debit balance (excluding loans in connection with Inward cargos) in your books

  • Loan amounts with drawn under bank facilities, usually with fixed terms and periodic repayments or maturity date with whole repayments, and with interest calculated at specific margin over/under prime/quoted rate
  • Care accrued interest expenses
  • Accounted as bank loan, with current / non-current classification based on repayment terms.
  • Care financial statements' disclosure for interest rate, security given and repayment terms.

Item 5: Accounts closed during the year to confirmation date

  • No effect on balance sheet figures
  • Check to board minutes regarding board approval to close the accounts.
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Item 6: Advances to manufacturers

  • Short-term per-shipment financing for manufacturers who do not have sufficient fund to complete an order
  • Function: to enable procurement of raw materials
  • Advance on total value of contract, accounted as bank loans under current liabilities.

Packing credits accounts

  • Short-term pre-shipment financing, advance by time goods have been produced and packed for shipment
  • Based on a percentage of L/C value, recover by proceeds from export bills
  • Account as bank loans under current liabilities 

Export loans

  • Short term post-shipment financing, usually with presence of invoices and shipping documents for banks
  • Account as bank loans under current liabilities

Item 7: Acceptances outstanding

7.1 Bills receivable by you (banker):

  • Bills held by bank for goods imported
  • Once bank releases documents held which will then pass title to importers, importers can obtain goods
  • Importers usually negotiate terms with bank
  • No interest within agreed term
  • Accounted as bills payable under current liabilities

7.2 Trust receipt (T/R);

  • Bank has a pledge on merchandise imported as a continuing security
  • Importers agree to hold documents and goods in trust for sela
  • Usually ear-marked together with other forms of advance, e.g.
    • import L/C insurance (when bank lost control of goods)
    • import loan
    • shipping guarantee
    • export bills negotiation under discrepancies
  • Accounted as trust receipt loans under current liabilities

7.3 Bills held by you (banker) for collection:

  • Bills held by bank for goods imported, but does not involve L/C
  • Bank acts as a middleman in collecting bills for importer
  • Bank charge commission
  • Account as trade creditors / account payable under current liabilities

Item 8: Partial payments held by you

  • Occur when bank handles both outwards & inwards bills for same customers
  • To reduce handling charges, importer ask bank to offset export bills receipts against import bills payments
  • Account by set off bills payable under current liabilities

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Item 9: irrevocable L/C outstanding

  • Be non-utilized letter of credit line available to importers
  • Generally for importer no disclosure requirement for importer
  • If line has been partially taken up, there will be a liability as bills payable in importers' book

Item 10: Bills receivable

10.1 Bills purchased by you (banker)

  • Exporters received settlement before bank receives fund from importers' bank
  • Discounted with recourse
  • Account as factoring loan under current liabilities in books of exporter if it is with recourse

10.2 Bills held by you (banker) for collection:

  • Bills held by bank for goods exported, but does not involve L/C
  • Bank acts as a middleman in collecting bills for exporter
  • Bank will charge a commission
  • Account as trade debtors under current assets 

Item 11: Marginal deposit

  • If importers do not have a L/C facility with bank, bank may require a deposit from importers for settlement of all or part of bills; or
  • Importers have a facility but purchase amount is in excess of facility granted
  • Account as deposit under current assets.

Item 12: Loans granted for inward cargos

  • Once goods are arrived, if importers don't have sufficient fund to honor the bills, bank may advance a loan to importers to settle bills and release documents
  • Bank does not obtain title to goods
  • Account as bank loans under current liabilities.
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Item 13: Guarantees

13.1 Shipping Guarantees

  • Written indemnity by bank to shipping company
  • Allow importers to take possession of goods before bill of lading (B/L) is received
  • Redeem upon receipt of original B/L
  • Usually ear-mark against TR line
  • Contingent liability, but may be too remote for separate disclosure
  • If goods are received and liabilities booked, there is no contingent liability.

13.2 Letter of guarantee (L/G)

  • Undertaking from exporters to bank
  • Bank negotiates against on discrepant documents under L/C
  • Usually ear-mark against TR line
  • Consider contingent liability

13.3 Other guarantees

  • Banker issue guarantees to third parties for the company
  • Examples:in lieu of rental deposit to landlard
  • No implication on financial statements

13.4 Received by you (banker) on our behalf

  • Third parties issue guarantees addressed to banker for the company
  • Examples: director's personal guarantee to banker for mortgage / loan
  • no implication on financial statements except disclosure requirements.

Item 14: Foreign Exchange contract outstanding

  • For future purchase contract and sale of foreign exchange contract
  • Closing date value of foreign contract using closing rate, or rate fixed under the contract
  • Accounting treatment refer to HKAS 39 and disclosure referring to HKFRS 7

Item 15: Other direct or contingent liabilities

  • some legal issues with bank directly
  • Account as liability or contingent liability

Item 16: securities and other documents of title held by you (banker)

16.1 Against facilities granted

  • Obtain bank facility letter
  • Consider disclosure requirement / check with relevant board minutes

16.2 For safe custody

  • items under bank's safe custody, like share certificates
  • Provide evidence for existence and ownership of assets
  • No disclosure unless are pledged

(Source: Year 2009 CPD seminar)

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Method to get both office account and client account from one bank by one single bank confirmation request and pay bank charge one time only (client account for regulated company that can hold clients' money):

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INCOTERMS - International Commercial Terms

  • A set of international rules
  • Interpretation of commonly used trade terms
  • Outline cost, responsibility and risk
  • Deal with buyers and sellers under sales contract

Ex-works (EXW) - P.S. 在仓亦当已卖出

  • Sellers deliver when they place goods at disposal of buyers at sellers' premises or another named place
  • Not cleared for export
  • Not loaded on any collecting vehicle
  • Minimum obligation for sellers

Free on Board (FOB) P.S.: 上船后seller's risk past

  • Sellers deliver when goods pass ship's rail at named port of shipment
  • Sellers clear goods for export
  • Buyers bear all costs and risks of loss of or damage from that point
  • Only for sea or inland waterway transport
  • Marked "Freight Collect" on Bills of Lading

Free Carrier (FCA) P.S.: 同FOB,except是其他类型交通工具

  • Sellers deliver goods to carrier nominated by buyers at named place
  • Sellers clear for export
  • Irrespective of mode of transport including multi modal transport

Cost and Freight (CFR/CPT) P.S.: 与上面的不同在亦运输费seller承当

  • Sellers deliver when goods pass ship's rail in port of shipment (CFR) or to named carrier (CPT)
  • Sellers clear goods for export
  • Sellers pay costs and freight necessary to bring goods to named port of destination
  • Risk of loss of or damage to goods are transferred from sellers to buyers after time of delivery

Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF / CIP) P.S.: 与上一项不同在保险费等费用亦由seller承当

  • Sellers deliver when goods pass ship's rail in port of shipment (CIF) or delivered to named carrier (CIP)
  • Sellers pay costs and freight necessary to bring goods to named port of destination
  • Risk of loss of or damage to goods are transferred from sellers to buyers after time of delivery
  • Sellers have to procure marine insurance against buyer's risk of loss of or damage to goods during carriage
  • Marked "Freight Prepaid" on Bills of Lading

Revenue recognition for sales of goods (HKAS 18)

  • Transfer to buyer significant risks & rewards of ownership of goods
  • Retain neither continuing managerial involvement to degree usually associated with ownership nor effective control over goods sold
  • Amount of revenue can be measured reliably
  • Probable that economic benefits associated with transaction will flow to entity
  • Cost incurred or to be incurred in respect of transaction can be measured reliably
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If issued bank confirmation request to so called payment channel service provider, might get returned bank confirmation very similar to normal bank confirmation, but with following special note:

The bank confirmation request should use standard form as the bank confirmation procedures is supported by agreements between HKICPA and The Hong Kong Association of Banks:


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Bank confirmation inquiry hotline:

(Or let client asks his bank manager for help)

Bank of China: 3198 8436

Standard Chartered Bank: 2886 6988

HSBC: 2288 2177

Hang Seng Bank: 2198 5643

China Construction Bank Corporation: 3718 2586 / 3718 2577

China Merchants Bank Hong Kong Branch: 3118 8888

China Citic Bank International: 3603 6633

CMB Wing Lung Bank: 3508 0369 / 3508 0371

OCBC Bank (Singapore): (+65) 6538 1111

Credit Suisse (Switzerland): AG (+41) (0)41 727 95 05

UniCredit Bank AG Hong Kong Branch: 2533 4000

CIM Banque - SA: (+41) 58 225 50 50 / AG: (+41) 58 225 51 90 / SA (+41) 58 225 51 000 / (+41) (0)22 818 53 15

PNB Banka / Norvik Banka, Latvija: (+371) 6704 1175

Meridian Trade Bank: (+371) 67019189

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