Amicable Debt Collection Services

We work closely with you to achieve the outcome you want. Learn more about our collection process below.

Speak to our specialistsFrequently asked questions

How can Amicable Collections benefit your business?

At Atradius Collections, we recognise this first stage of debt collection and can provide a valuable opportunity for you to enhance your relationship with your customer. Simply the act of outsourcing the debt recovery process to us enables you to focus on your core business.

 

Amicable Debt Collections

 

1. Receive overdue accounts receivable

As soon as your trade receivables become overdue, you can assign them to us. The older receivables are, the more difficult it is to collect them.

You can provide us with all the information regarding the overdue receivables, such as supporting documents and correspondence with your late-paying customers so far.

2. Produce debtor scoring and profiling

We work on:

  • Debtor scoring: We use a combination of internal and external data (i.e. previous collections cases, commercial data and credit reports from various third parties) to assess the creditworthiness and financial positions of your late-paying customers.
  • Debtor profiling: We build your late-paying customers' profiles with the data from debtor scoring and other data points (i.e. their payment behaviour, the legal frameworks for collections in their countries). We update these profiles regularly with the data we gather from your customers during the collections process to make sure we use the best approaches to collecting from them.

3. Develop collections forecast and strategy

Based on your late-paying customers' scores and profiles, we produce:

  • Collections forecast: We rate the chance of successful collections by analysing the data of your late-paying customers and the overdue trade receivables.
  • Collections strategy: We decide on the most effective collections strategies for your overdue receivables, considering your late-paying customers' profiles, the receivables' details, and the local legal requirements where your late-paying customers are located. Depending on their response during the collections process, we adjust our strategies accordingly to achieve the most optimal collections results.

4. Assign collections experts

We assign locally-based, dedicated collections experts to collect your overdue accounts receivable. They inform you about the collections forecasts, collections strategies, and timelines for collecting your receivables.

All our collections experts are committed to maintaining your business relationships while collecting as much owed monies as possible in an efficient manner.

5. Run the collections process

Our locally-based, dedicated collections experts implement the chosen collections strategies for your overdue trade receivables.

They carefully orchestrate their activities in particular sequences to prompt your customers to pay. They communicate with specific and appropriate wording, and in the native languages of your late-paying customers.

Besides letters, emails, voice messages, and phone calls, we have personalised videos as our latest innovative collections method. Within 60 seconds, each of your late-paying customers gets a personalised message about their debt and the options to settle it.

6. Facilitate debt settlement

Should your late-paying customers need support to take action, we provide:

  • Debtor page: Your customers can get all the information they need to settle their debts in one place.
  • Debtor portal: Your customers can perform various tasks, such as checking the details of their debts, paying their debts in full or in part according to payment plans, and communicating with the collections experts working on their debts.
  • Chatbot: Our virtual assistant is available 24/7 on the debtor page and debtor portal to support your customers to perform various tasks, from logging in to the debtor portal to choosing a payment option.
  • Payment service provider (PSP): Our PSP offers easy online payment, covering 200+ payment methods worldwide (e.g. international credit cards, local cash-based methods, internet banking methods). This allows your customers to pay in their currencies, using their preferred payment methods. They can pay via specific links in the emails and personalised videos we send, or in the debtor portal and via the chatbot.

7. Adapt collections strategies

Throughout the collections process, we monitor your late-paying customers' scores and capture their behavioural data. For example, how long they watch the personalised videos, what they click on in the debtor portal, and when they attempt to make payments.

We use this information to update their profiles and adjust our collections strategies accordingly. By doing this, we stay responsive to your customers' movements and employ the best possible approach to collect your overdue accounts receivable.

8. Process payments

To pay their debts directly, your customers can use the payment links in the emails and personalised videos we send, or in the debtor portal and via the chatbot.

To pay their debts in instalments, your customers can choose the payment plans we put together in the debtor portal with your prior approval. If they want to adjust the plans, our collections experts are ready to support them.

As soon as we receive payments from your customers, we send them to you immediately. If your customers pay in their local currencies, we'll exchange the money into your currency and transfer it to you within 14 days. If your customers pay by cheque, we'll transfer the amount once the funds are cleared.

Frequently Asked Questions

What would eventually happen if our customer continued refusing to pay?

Sometimes, it can happen that amicable collections doesn't yield results. Then we'll discuss the situation and options with you. If you decide to stop the collections process, we'll close your case. If you consider pursuing legal action, we'll advise you on the success chance, possible timeline, and potential costs.

Does Atradius support in taking legal action against our late-paying clients?

If you decide to take legal action and approve our proposed legal proceedings and costs, we'll initiate legal proceedings on your behalf. The details of such legal collections vary greatly, depending on the location of your late-paying customer.

What would happen if our late-paying customer disputed the invoice(s)?

Our collections experts will solve the dispute(s) with their expertise and in-depth knowledge.

What would happen if our late-paying customer were insolvent?

Our collections experts can handle special situations like insolvency or bankruptcy with their expertise and in-depth knowledge. You can use our insolvency service, which includes submitting a proof of debt, communicating with the insolvency practitioners, and monitoring for dividend payments.

What would make Atradius Collections stop the collections process?

On a case-by-case basis, if we judge that we can't solve the dispute or it's not cost-effective to continue collecting the invoice, we'll cease our amicable collections service.

Contact us today:

We invite you to send us your questions and/or concerns in the contact form below and we'll contact you.

*You need to be a business entity in order to make use of our services.
*We only collect commercial debts - both you and your debtor(s) need to be business entities. We DO NOT collect personal debts.
and any of its affiliates, who will only use my personal data in accordance with their Privacy Statement and understand that I can change my preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

 

 

Learn More

Customer Service | Atradius

Contact us

Do you want to know how we can assist your business? Send us your questions in the contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Handbook magazine padding

Debt Collections Handbook

The International Debt Collections Handbook is a key tool for businesses to make decisions about collecting B2B debts in foreign countries.

abstract world map

Amicable Collections - Case Study

“They’re also well known in the market and have a very good reputation. They know how to combine their high-quality services with a very open, highly professional relationship with their clients." Stefan Craciun, Colt Technology Services