TRADE

Stanbic Bank launches drive to ease Africa’s imports from China

This is likely to limit existing mistrust between importers from Africa and suppliers in China

In Summary

• The pact will see the the two lenders  guarantee both suppliers and importers for goods partially paid

• Importers can now pay deposit of 20 per cent, receive goods from suppliers and pay the balance within 90 days.

CFC Stanbic bank. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
CFC Stanbic bank. Photo/Monicah Mwangi

Stanbic Bank Kenya, a Chinese lender Industrial Commercial Bank of China and a trade agent yesterday launched a plan to assist importers source and validate quality goods from suppliers in China.

Dubbed Africa China Agent Proposition (ACAP), the initiative provides access to over 100,000 Chinese suppliers and eases the cash flow of importers by providing financial support whilst empowering importers with insight and control of the entire importing and logistics process.

The pact will see the the two lenders guarantee both suppliers and importers for goods partially paid.

Importers can now pay deposit of 20 per cent, receive goods from suppliers and pay the balance within 90 days.

This is likely to limit existing mistrust between importers from Africa and suppliers in China, with thThis is likely to limit existing mistrust between importers from Africa and suppliers in Chinae later insisting on full payment for goods before being produced and shipped.

Speaking during the launch in Nairobi, Standard Bank Group’s head of Africa China Integration, Manessah Alagbaoso said currently, African importers order from only a handful of trusted Chinese suppliers – limiting their negotiating power while stacking the terms of trade against them.

‘’The alternative online ordering places the burden of risk with regards to quality and delivery on them, while travelling to China exposes them to hurdles such as language and cultural barriers when negotiating supplier agreements in China,’’ Alagbaoso said.

Besides financial support, the two lenders have nominated Guomao, a Chinese trade agent with an experience of over 20 years to assist African importers trade seamlessly with China.

It has 10,000 validated Chinese suppliers at its disposal, provides a one-stop foreign trade supply chain, supply chain finance, and cross-border ecommerce supply chain service.

The trade agent is expected to assist African importers source the right suppliers and validating their quality of goods, negotiate best prices, provide translators to facilitate trade and handle shipping logistics.

Stanbic Bank Kenya’s chief finance officer, Abraham Ongenge said the bank acknowledges the role China and Kenya play in expanding each other’s economic capacity and unlocking their potential to prosper through international trade.

The two banks are also announced plans to unveil export preposition in September to create market for African produced goods and services in China.

Our mission is to support trade. We are alive to a huge trade balance between China and Africa. The export preposition to be launched in coming months is aimed at addressing the gap,’’ Alagbaoso said.