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International Debt Collections Handbook

Debt Collection Reports

  • Argentina,
  • Australia,
  • Agriculture,
  • Automotive/Transport,

24th September 2018

International Debt Collections Handbook 2018 - Atradius Collections

The International Debt Collections Handbook is a key tool for businesses when it comes to making decisions concerning collections in foreign countries.

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Stay on top of your business’ cash flow by gearing up with insightful content. Find reports, guides and business insights from our experts on how to successfully manage B2B collection.

Industry Performance Forecast

Access a snapshot of the credit risk situation and business performance of 14 major industries in your country. The forecast is based on the assessment of Atradius underwriters.

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    Goodbye NAFTA, hello USMCA

    Economic Note

    • Canada,
    • Mexico,
    • General economic

    3rd December 2018

    The USMCA has finally been signed on November 30, easing short-term uncertainty surrounding North American trade.

    Market Monitor Machines China 2018

    Market Monitor

    • China
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Despite ongoing growth, there are challenges ahead, as profit margins of businesses decreased in 2017 and H1 of 2018 due to sharply increased input costs.

    Market Monitor Machines France 2018

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Many producers are under pressure to either expand/grow or refuse orders, while difficulties in hiring skilled staff impacts further business expansion.

    Market Monitor Machines Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    As in previous years, competition remains strong in the domestic market, mainly among small and medium-sized machinery companies depending on construction.

    Market Monitor Machines United Kingdom 2018

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    A modest insolvency increase is expected in 2019, with businesses related to oil and gas exploration, construction and agricultural markets mainly exposed.

    Market Monitor Machines Belgium 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Belgium
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    The demand situation for Belgian machinery businesses is generally positive, but remains affected by difficulties in some major buyer industries.

    Market Monitor Machines Denmark 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Denmark
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    There is pressure on the profits of turbine manufacturers and their suppliers along the value chain, and further consolidation seems to be likely.

    Market Monitor Machines Germany 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Due to its high export ratio the industry is highly susceptible to rising geopolitical risks, exchange rate volatility, and rising protectionism.

    Market Monitor Machines Singapore 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Singapore
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Business performance and profit margins of machinery traders could be negatively affected by the ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States.

    Market Monitor Machines Spain 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Spain
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Due to its high export ratio the industry is highly susceptible to external risks like a deterioration in the Eurozone and rising protectionism.

    Market Monitor Machines USA 2018

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Some caution is still advised on businesses dependent on the oil/gas and the mining industry, due to potential impacts of energy price volatility.

    Narrow window of opportunity for Brazil

    Economic Note

    • Brazil
    • General economic

    30th October 2018

    The election of Brazil's new president ends a long period of political uncertainty, but the window for much-needed reform is very narrow.

    Western Europe: an increase in past due B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Austria,
    • Belgium,
    • Construction,
    • Consumer Durables,

    29th October 2018

    After a minor increase from 2016 to 2017, the proportion of past due B2B receivables in Western Europe increased again this year and stands at 41.8%.

    Austria: 100% of respondents reported domestic delays

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Austria
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    All survey respondents in Austria (100%) reported domestic payment delays. This is the highest percentage in the region, significantly higher than in 2017.

    Belgium: another increase in overdue B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Belgium
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    The average proportion of overdue B2B invoices reported by respondents in Belgium increased for the third consecutive year in a row and stands at 45.6%.

    Denmark: maintaining their credit-friendly stance

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Denmark
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    29th October 2018

    The survey’s biggest negative change in the proportion of uncollectable receivables was recorded in Denmark; up from 1.3% in 2017 to 1.8% in 2018.

    France: an increase in payment duration

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • France
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    After an increase from 43.5% in 2017 to 47.5% this year, France has the second highest percentage of overdue B2B invoices in the Western European region.

    Germany: late payments leading to revenue loss

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Germany
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    Of the Western European countries surveyed, Germany had the second highest percentage of respondents (24.7%) who reported revenue loss due to overdues.

    UK: the highest proportion of overdues in the region

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • United Kingdom
    • Agriculture,
    • Construction,

    29th October 2018

    At 48.7%, Great Britain had the highest proportion of past due B2B invoices in Western Europe, significantly higher than the regional average of 41.8%.

    Greece: heavily impacted by past due B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Greece
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    29th October 2018

    Despite already posting the highest proportion of uncollectable receivables in the region, Greece’s average rose to 2.8% in 2018 from 2.5% in 2017.

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