We are a brazilian trading company with customers in the US. Nowadays, payments for container loads are in advance. We have already checked reputation and decided to provide terms. But how can I secure payment? How can a Lawyer help me with that?
There are numerous ways this is normally done.
The most traditional is to provide for payment under an irrevocable letter of credit, either "sight" or "time", e.g. 30 days.
The alternative is to establish a security interest under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code which each state has adopted (with some variations) which includes but is not limited to filing a UCC-1.
Avvo has some very good business/foreign trade attorneys in New York under the "Find a Lawyer" function button below.
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