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We are there to support your business in times of uncertainty

Keeping you informed

In these uncertain times, we would like to keep you informed of our activities regarding the latest developments of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Here you can find information about how we are handling your cases during the outbreak. We hope to be of service to you as much as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to our customers' frequently asked questions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

1. Do you expect delays in debt collections because of COVID-19?

Depending on the countries, regions, and industries of your debtors, there might be delays in collecting the debts. The delays may have different reasons:

  • It is harder to reach the debtors due to lockdowns.
  • The debtors are unable to pay now because their businesses are shut down.
  • There are legal or political restrictions in your debtors' regions.

Please refer to our overview of the status of global courts if you have legal cases.

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2. Does COVID-19 negatively impact debt collections in general?

Depending on the countries, regions, and industries of your debtors, there might be a negative impact on debt collections. We cannot make a general statement about the impact. There are different factors accounting for the chances of collections, such as the countries, regions, and industries of your debtors.

3. Could I expect the same service and advice that I have received so far?

We are there to support you. In countries that go into lockdown, our employees work from home. This might cause a slight delay in our response time; however, we are fully operational and remain at your service.

4. Could I still use your legal collections service?

This depends on the status of the courts in the country where your case would be tried, and on whether the prescription terms and contractual jurisdiction clauses are still in force.

If the courts are closed or have limited capacity, this will cause delays in initiating legal proceedings and a future backlog in the enforcement phase.

Besides, please be aware that bailiffs in many locations are not allowed to make onsite visits to debtors now. This is why, especially at this time, our amicable approach is important.

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5. Do you still conduct onsite visits in the countries affected by COVID-19?

No, we are not conducting onsite visits in countries affected by COVID-19. This would be in violation of the local guidelines and unsafe for our employees.

6. Can I still use Atradius Collections' service for debt collections?

Yes, you can still place debt collections cases with us. We are fully operational in all countries, so we will be able to work on your cases.

Depending on the countries, regions, and industries of your debtors, there might be delays in collecting the debts. The delays may have different reasons:

  • It is harder to reach the debtors due to lockdowns.
  • The debtors are unable to pay now because their businesses are shut down.
  • There are legal or political restrictions in your debtors' regions.

Please refer to our overview of the status of global courts if you have legal cases.

7. Will the impact of COVID-19 change your debt collections approaches?

We have a social responsibility to take the economy into account and do not want to aid the downturn of businesses. This works both ways: towards your debtor and also towards you. This means we approach your debtors with careful consideration of the current situation, but our main priority is still to collect your outstanding accounts receivable. We are adjusting our collections strategy in the most affected countries as well.

8. What is the status of my legal case?

For the exact status of your case, we advise you to check it in Collect@Net, Agora, or Atrium. You can also contact your case manager. In general, we state that:

  • If your case is being tried in a country where courts are closed, the case is on hold until courts reopen.
  • The initiation of new legal proceedings might be delayed (due to the impact of delays in delivery of post, lawyers working from homes, or court delays).
  • Enforcement procedures might be limited to only blocking bank accounts.

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9. Do you accept a payment plan with more settlements?

Our goal is always to maximise the collected amount. If we conclude that we can achieve this best via a payment plan, we will choose this course of action. This is considered on a case per case basis.

10. What happens if you cannot collect amicably but the courts are closed?

Our collections strategy will need to adjust to reality. It may result in extending the amicable phase and getting, if possible, additional guarantees. We will start taking legal action for collections when it is possible again. This also means that, in many cases, we will need to wait.

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11. Are you still making use of agents?

Yes, agents can be used. The scope of actions the agents can provide may change, depending on the local situation and legal regulations.

How we adapt our operation 

We are taking necessary measures to continue to service our customers while protecting the health and safety of our staff and other stakeholders.

Remote work

Most of our employees are working remotely. They are available via telephone, email, WebEx or other online conferencing services. This may cause delays in response times. We want to thank you for your patience throughout these trying times.

Travel restrictions

To reduce the potential spread of the virus, we have temporarily halted all business travel within our company.We have also advised our employees to not travel to countries affected by COVID-19.

Offices closed for visits

Our offices are currently closed to visitors. Some offices remain open to maintain staffing for critical services. If you would like to contact our local offices by telephone or email, please find the relevant contact information of our local offices here.

 

 

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Status of global courts

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, legal systems have to shut down in some countries and limit operation in others. Many court cases have been postponed, especially jury trials, and only urgent proceedings continue.

Find an overview of the current status of global courts below:

Some information may be outdated.

Please note the last update: 23-06-2020

Country court status notes
Australia Open Existing trials continue, new trials are suspended.
Balkans Limited  
Belarus Open  
Brazil Closed Courts closed until June 28, 2020. Online procedures are limited to urgent cases.
Canada Limited Limited and reduced cases are being processed as of June 2, 2020.
China Open  
France Closed  
Germany Open Some cases have been postponed.
Greece Open  
Hong Kong Closed  
India Closed  
Italy Limited There is a general suspension of all procedural terms and deadlines from 9 March up to and including 15 April 2020.
Jordan Closed  
Kazakhstan Limited The Supreme court decided that cases where rescheduling can be made should be rescheduled, so basically it means that if a new case is submitted to the courts, it will be accepted, but no court sessions will be scheduled.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Closed  
Mexico Closed Tentative Date July 1, 2020
Oman Closed Closed at least until 30 April 2020.
Poland Limited  
Portugal Limited All but urgent matters have been suspended.
Romania Open  
Russia Closed All is suspended until 10 April 2020.
Singapore Open  
Spain Closed  
The Netherlands Open
The United Arab Emirates Closed  
The United Kingdom Limited Priority courts and tribunals remain open in a limited number of buildings. A full overview of open, staffed, and closed courts is available here.
The United States of America Limited Court resumed activities vary by state. E-filing lawsuits is available in most states.
Turkey Open A limited number of persons permitted in the courts.
Ukraine Limited  

 

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