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International Debt Collections Handbook

Debt Collection Reports

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

13th October 2020

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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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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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    Czech GDP growth expected to accelerate in 2022

    Country Report

    • Czech Republic
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    16th September 2021

    Contingent on pandemic containment, GDP of the Czech Republic is forecast to grow by 4.5% in 2022

    Russia's Fortress strategy is not for free

    Economic Note

    • Russia
    • General economic

    14th September 2021

    Russia's strategy to protect its economy against external shocks is successful, but comes at a cost for its population

    Slow vaccination rollout affects Indonesian GDP

    Country Report

    • Indonesia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    7th September 2021

    Recent surge in coronavirus cases and slow vaccination rollout affect Indonesia's GDP

    COVID vaccinations key to Vietnam's GDP growth for 2021

    Country Report

    • Vietnam
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    31st August 2021

    Pandemic containment and a faster Covid-19 vaccinations rollout are key in order to sustain Vietnam's GDP growth forecast of more than 6% in 2021.

    Global Economic Outlook - August 2021

    Economic Outlook

    • Algeria,
    • Angola,
    • General economic

    19th August 2021

    As vaccination campaigns are underway, the world economy is recovering from the pandemic. Advanced markets generally have higher vaccination rates than emerging markets

    A long journey towards an African Free Trade Area

    Economic Outlook

    • Angola,
    • Egypt,
    • General economic

    17th August 2021

    The African Continental Free Trade Area has raised opportunities for both African and non-African companies. The agreement could contribute to growth after the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

    US: trade credit use on the rise amid economic distress

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • USA
    • Agriculture,
    • Electronics/ICT,

    7th July 2021

    Particularly during times of economic distress, which many businesses have experienced during the pandemic, trade credit can act as an important tool for business growth.

    Mexico: trade credit offered to cement trade relations

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Mexico
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    7th July 2021

    The optimism expressed by the businesses we spoke to in Mexico is good reason for hope.

    USMCA: late payments affect nearly half of B2B trade

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Canada,
    • Mexico,
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    7th July 2021

    Protection from B2B trade credit risk top future concern for businesses across the USMCA region.

    Canada: trade credit KPIs hold steady despite recession

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Canada
    • Chemicals/Pharma,
    • Metals,

    7th July 2021

    Canadian businesses were largely downbeat when asked about their outlook for the coming 12 months, lagging far behind their USMCA peers.

    Taiwan: export-focused businesses express caution

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Taiwan
    • Chemicals/Pharma,
    • Electronics/ICT,

    16th June 2021

    The negative impact on global trade caused by the pandemic has undoubtedly had an effect on Taiwan’s export-driven economy. This may explain why businesses express caution about the coming months.

    Australia: businesses brace for an insolvency surge

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Australia
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    16th June 2021

    Why strategic credit management becomes paramount as Australia prepares to face an upward trend in trade credit risk.

    UAE: DSO upward trend worries businesses

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • United Arab Emirates
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    16th June 2021

    Due to increased costs of managing accounts receivable and a spike in late payments, most of the businesses in the United Arab Emirates are concerned about cash flow levels going forward.

    Singapore: signs of market stress among businesses

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Singapore
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    16th June 2021

    Many more businesses in Singapore than in the rest of Asia expressed liquidity concerns over the coming months.

    Hong Kong: businesses brace for challenges ahead

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Hong Kong SAR
    • Consumer Durables,
    • Electronics/ICT,

    16th June 2021

    Hong Kong businesses brace for challenges as they begin to emerge from a tough period of economic contraction.

    Indonesia: businesses hit hard by B2B late payments

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Indonesia
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    16th June 2021

    Indonesia’s more liberal trade credit policies in the year following the outbreak of the pandemic have led to an increase in late payments.

    Asia: half of all credit sales overdue during pandemic

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • China,
    • Hong Kong SAR,
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    16th June 2021

    One year into the pandemic, businesses polled in Asia told us they experienced serious setbacks to growth and needed to take several measures to face the changed economic and trade circumstances.

    China: use of credit insurance on the rise

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • China
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    16th June 2021

    Businesses polled in China plan to mitigate customer credit risk associated with B2B trade through a more frequent use of trade credit insurance over the next months.

    Country Report France - June 2021

    Country Report

    • France
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    14th June 2021

    French industries performance: upgrades for some sectors, but the credit risk for many businesses in key industries remains high.

    Brexit disrupts UK-EU trade

    Economic Note

    • United Kingdom
    • General economic

    10th June 2021

    UK trade is facing a double whammy from Brexit and Covid-19, putting particular strain on trade with the EU.

    Country Report Italy - June 2021

    Country Report

    • Italy
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    3rd June 2021

    Italian economy: the 2021 rebound has led to industry performance upgrades, but the outlook for some major sectors remains subdued for the time being.

    Climate change and its impact on country risk

    Economic Note

    • Algeria,
    • Angola,
    • General economic

    27th May 2021

    Climate change raises country risk, but offers business opportunities as well.

    Country Report Germany - May 2021

    Country Report

    • Germany
    • General economic

    27th May 2021

    German industries performance: metals and steel up one notch, but still elevated credit risk for many automotive and machines businesses.

    Country Report South Africa - May 2021

    Country Report

    • South Africa
    • General economic

    26th May 2021

    The square of the circle? Spending needed to tackle unemployment and housing issues, while fiscal curbing is urgent to avoid further rating downgrades.

    Country Report Chile - May 2021

    Country Report

    • Chile
    • General economic

    11th May 2021

    The Chilean business environment remains one of the best in the region, but increased policy uncertainty could weigh on the economic outlook.

    Country Report UAE - May 2021

    Country Report

    • United Arab Emirates
    • Construction,
    • General economic,

    4th May 2021

    Ongoing rebound, but the credit risk situation of several industries remains strained, in particular in the construction and service sectors.

    Country Report Morocco - April 2021

    Country Report

    • Morocco
    • General economic

    14th April 2021

    The economy is forecast to grow about 5% this year. The scope of recovery in Europe as Morocco’s main export market is playing a pivotal role.

    Israel - UAE trade normalisation

    Economic Note

    • United Arab Emirates
    • General economic

    1st April 2021

    The recent normalisation of diplomatic and trade relations between Israel and the UAE will unlock mutual trade opportunities

    Country Report Indonesia March 2021

    Country Report

    • Indonesia
    • General economic

    30th March 2021

    An economic rebound of more than 4% expected in 2021, but vulnerability to to global financial market turmoil remains an issue

    Country Report Turkey March 2021

    Country Report

    • Turkey
    • General economic

    25th March 2021

    Turkey's economic policy at the crossroads again, while lira volatility and high inflation remain key issues, and non-performing loans increase

    2021: A turn of the tide in insolvencies

    Economic Note

    • Australia,
    • Austria,
    • General economic

    24th March 2021

    As fiscal support is gradually phased out, global corporate insolvencies are forecast to increase by 26% in 2021

    Country Report Poland March 2021

    Country Report

    • Poland
    • General economic

    18th March 2021

    Poland's economy: a solid 3.8% growth outlook in 2021 and rebound of some industries, while credit risk for transport, retail and services remains high

    Country Report China March 2021

    Country Report

    • China
    • General economic

    9th March 2021

    China's economy: a strong rebound forecast in 2021, but ongoing Sino-US trade disputes and increasing political strains with the US remain a downside risk

    Country Report Russia March 2021

    Country Report

    • Russia
    • General economic

    4th March 2021

    Major structural weaknesses weigh on growth prospects

    Country Report Mexico, March 2021

    Country Report

    • Mexico
    • General economic

    4th March 2021

    Only a modest economic rebound expected in 2021 after a steep recession last year

    Country Report USA 2021

    Country Report

    • USA
    • General economic

    8th February 2021

    A robust economic rebound expected in 2021, but major downside risks remain

    Global Economic Outlook - February 2021

    Economic Outlook

    • Algeria,
    • Angola,
    • General economic

    4th February 2021

    As several vaccines have been approved and are being rolled out, we expect the global economy to rebound in 2021

    Promising markets for 2021

    Economic Note

    • Chile,
    • Egypt,
    • General economic

    1st February 2021

    After the Covid-19 pandemic sent a shockwave to the global economy, we are looking at new hope as economies are gradually reopening

    Country Report India 2021

    Country Report

    • India
    • General economic

    21st January 2021

    The repercussions of coronavirus have hit an already weakening economy.

    Latin America: one of the worst affected by Covid-19

    Economic Outlook

    • Argentina,
    • Brazil,
    • General economic

    22nd December 2020

    Heavy dependence on informal labour markets and tourism exacerbates the Covid-19 shock

    Decoupling of economies affects Asian trade development

    Economic Outlook

    • China,
    • India,
    • General economic

    9th December 2020

    Asia coped relatively well with the Covid-19 pandemic and an economic recovery is expected in 2021, though with several challenges to trade in the region

    Country Report Bulgaria 2020

    Country Report

    • Bulgaria
    • General economic

    2nd December 2020

    Recession softened by fiscal and monetary measures

    MENA economic growth engine falters - refuel or renew

    Economic Outlook

    • Algeria,
    • Egypt,
    • General economic

    1st December 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic and an oil price slump are a double blow to economies in the Middle East and North Africa

    Slovakia: late payments and costs cloud 2021 outlook

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Slovakia
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    25th November 2020

    More businesses in Slovakia reported a negative impact on profitability than anywhere else in Eastern Europe.

    Hungary: businesses expect economy to improve in 2021

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Hungary
    • Agriculture,
    • Consumer Durables,

    25th November 2020

    Despite COVID-induced economic crisis, business confidence remains upbeat moving into 2021.

    Czech Republic: trade credit slashed during pandemic

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Czech Republic
    • Agriculture,
    • Electronics/ICT,

    25th November 2020

    Prior to the pandemic, trade credit was used in more than 80% of B2B sales in the Czech Republic. After the virus brought most of the world to a standstill, this plummeted to about 50%.

    Poland: trade credit grows amid 2021 business optimism

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Poland
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    25th November 2020

    Despite a massive increase in overdue receivables due to the pandemic, Polish industry is largely upbeat about the outlook for 2021.

    Sweden: open for business and fairly confident

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Sweden
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    25th November 2020

    Sweden has followed its own path during the COVID-19 pandemic and, although more people are working from home than before, the country has avoided the lockdowns seen elsewhere in Europe.

    Greece: companies cautious on credit but upbeat in 2021

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Greece
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    25th November 2020

    COVID-19 and the following recession have had a significant impact on economies throughout the world. Greece was not the exception.

    Ireland: 2021 optimism prevails over cash flow stress

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Ireland
    • Agriculture,
    • Construction,

    25th November 2020

    Despite negative impacts of the pandemic, businesses in Ireland remain upbeat