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International Debt Collections Handbook

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9th September 2019

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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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    Market Monitor chemicals Indonesia 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Indonesia
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Indonesian pharmaceuticals sector growth is driven by a rising population and the roll-out of the government's universal healthcare insurance system.

    Market Monitor chemicals Brazil 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Brazil
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Chemicals businesses dependent on raw materials imports are highly exposed to exchange rate volatility and the looming threat of trade restrictions.

    Market Monitor Chemicals USA 2018

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Potential taxes on chemicals-related imports could find US chemicals businesses paying more for feedstocks and would negatively impact supply chains.

    Market Monitor chemicals Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    19th July 2018

    Further growth expected, but businesses dependent on construction, construction materials and consumer durables still require particular attention.

    European gas market outlook 2018

    Economic Note

    • Russia
    • General economic

    10th July 2018

    Despite concerns about energy security, the gas trade between Europe and Russia is working for the benefit of both

    International trade continues to grow despite US policy

    Economic Outlook

    • USA
    • General economic

    3rd July 2018

    All eyes are on US trade policy, but we forecast trade to continue to grow robustly in 2018.

    The Americas - an increase of overdue B2B receivables

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Brazil,
    • Canada,
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    28th June 2018

    The percentage of overdue B2B invoices increased in 2018 impacting 64.1% of survey respondents in countries surveyed in the Americas.

    Brazil - high bankruptcy rate, high uncollectables rate

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Brazil
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    28th June 2018

    Like most of their peers in the Americas, respondents in Brazil reported an increase in the proportion of overdue B2B invoices this year.

    Weak Turkish lira heightens trade risk

    Economic Note

    • Turkey
    • General economic

    26th June 2018

    The recent bout of lira depreciation in the run-up to the snap elections has reduced import demand from Turkey and increased payment risk.

    Brexit effect already being felt in UK-EU trade

    Economic Note

    • Austria,
    • Belgium,
    • General economic

    21st June 2018

    Pound sterling depreciation in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum in June 2016 has had significant impacts on UK-EU trade flows.

    Market Monitor ICT China 2018

    Market Monitor

    • China
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    Despite still high growth rates the sector is facing a challenging economic environment, with fiercer competition and oversupplies in some segments.

    Market Monitor ICT USA 2018

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    A deterioration of trade relations with China could negatively affect the ICT component supply side and confront US end-consumers with higher sales prices.

    Market Monitor ICT United Kingdom 2018

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    Despite increasing challenges a recovery of the exchange rate and a rather stable economic outlook for 2018 should help the ICT industry in the short-term.

    Market Monitor ICT Japan 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Japan
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    While many Japanese ICT businesses are highly indebted, companies obtain finance easily as banks are very willing to lend and interest rates are low.

    Market Monitor ICT Germany 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    Despite continued sales growth, most German ICT businesses operate on very tight margins due to fierce competition and price erosion in most subsectors.

    Market Monitor ICT Australia 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Australia
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    Payment experience over the past two years has been good in the ICT sector and the level of insolvencies is low, with no major change expected in 2018.

    Market Monitor ICT France 2018

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    Despite overall growth, many French ICT companies face structurally low margins, price pressure and an on-going consolidation process in the market.

    Market Monitor ICT Netherlands 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Netherlands
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    While Dutch ICT distributors are becoming larger, many smaller companies are changing their business model to have a more service-oriented approach.

    Market Monitor ICT India 2018

    Market Monitor

    • India
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    Despite robust growth rates, pricing pressure and cheap imports are key challenges in the domestic ICT market, especially for smaller IT distributors.

    Market Monitor ICT Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    Due to limited organic growth opportunities and the on-going economic uncertainty, market players strive to expand through acquisitions and specialisation.

    Market Monitor ICT United Arab Emirates 2018

    Market Monitor

    • United Arab Emirates
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    Despite signs of stabilisation since H2 of 2017 the ICT sector remains fragile, with businesses’ profit margins expected to shrink further in 2018.

    Market Monitor ICT South Korea 2018

    Market Monitor

    • South Korea
    • Electronics/ICT

    12th June 2018

    Payment behaviour in the ICT sector has been good over the past two years, and the number of payment delays and insolvencies is expected to remain low.

    Asia Pacific: an increase in payment duration in 2018

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Australia,
    • China,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,
    • Construction,

    23rd May 2018

    Despite minor improvements, the impact of late payments cannot be denied and businesses in Asia Pacific need more time to convert B2B invoices into cash.

    Australia: a sharp increase in DSO

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Australia
    • Chemicals/Pharma,
    • Construction,

    23rd May 2018

    In 2018, respondents in Australia reported a steep increase in DSO and the need for more time to convert B2B invoices into cash.

    China: late payment still the norm

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • China
    • Chemicals/Pharma,
    • Construction,

    23rd May 2018

    Payment delays have remained largely stable and payment duration improved. Bankruptcy and failed collection attempts remain top reasons for write-offs.

    Hong Kong: a high level of overdue B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Hong Kong
    • Construction,
    • Consumer Durables,

    23rd May 2018

    Despite improvements, the proportion of overdue B2B invoices and that of uncollectable B2B receivables in Hong Kong remain some of the highest in Asia Pacific.

    India: the country most affected by late payment

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • India
    • Chemicals/Pharma,
    • Construction,

    23rd May 2018

    2018 brought many changes in India – more frequent payment delays, increases in the proportion of overdue B2B invoices and DSO, a longer payment duration.

    Indonesia: the highest increase in overdue B2B invoices

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Indonesia
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Construction,

    23rd May 2018

    In 2018, respondents in Indonesia reported an increase in the frequency of late payment and a significant increase in overdue B2B invoices.

    Japan: the most inclined to offer credit terms

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Japan
    • Agriculture,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    23rd May 2018

    In 2018, respondents in Japan reported an increase in overdue B2B invoices and a longer time to convert B2B invoices into cash.

    Singapore: frequent late payments in 2018

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Singapore
    • Automotive/Transport,
    • Chemicals/Pharma,

    23rd May 2018

    Despite improvements, the vast majority of respondents in Singapore reported frequent late payments by their B2B customers.

    Taiwan: payment duration increase in 2018

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Taiwan
    • Construction,
    • Consumer Durables,

    23rd May 2018

    Changes in the average payment terms and payment delays brought an increase in Taiwan’s average payment duration which is the second highest in the region.

    Country report Austria 2018

    Country Report

    • Austria
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    In 2018, economic growth is expected to remain above 2%, sustained by domestic and international demand. The momentum is forecast to slow down in 2019.

    Country report Belgium 2018

    Country Report

    • Belgium
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    In 2018 the number of Belgian business insolvencies will still be higher than the levels seen before the start of the global credit crisis in 2008.

    Country report Denmark 2018

    Country Report

    • Denmark
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    The Danish economy has regained some of its international competitiveness due to structural reforms that addressed the issue of high labour costs.

    Country report France 2018

    Country Report

    • France
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    With about 55,000 business failures recorded in 2017 the number of insolvencies was still as high as during the start of the credit crisis in 2008.

    Country report Germany 2018

    Country Report

    • Germany
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    Economic expansion remains broad-based, driven by private consumption and business investments, while export growth is sustained by the eurozone demand.

    Country report Ireland 2018

    Country Report

    • Ireland
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    The Irish economy is expected to grow by about 4% in 2018, but remains exposed to ongoing economic uncertainties stemming from the Brexit decision.

    Country report Italy 2018

    Country Report

    • Italy
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    Despite a forecast 10% year-on-year decrease in 2018 the number of business insolvencies will still be much higher than the levels registered in 2008.

    Country report Netherlands 2018

    Country Report

    • Netherlands
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    A potential downside risk would be another deterioration in house prices, given high levels of mortgage debt and banks’ exposure to the housing market.

    Country report Spain 2018

    Country Report

    • Spain
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    In 2018 and 2019 economic growth is expected to moderate somewhat but to remain robust, with private consumption and investment remaining the key drivers.

    Country report Sweden 2018

    Country Report

    • Sweden
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    A potential downside risk to the economic performance could be the high household debt in case of sharp house price decreases and interest rate increases.

    Country report Switzerland 2018

    Country Report

    • Switzerland
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    With the rebound of economic growth, business failures are expected to decrease year-on-year in 2018, but nevertheless to remain on an elevated level.

    Country report United Kingdom 2018

    Country Report

    • United Kingdom
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2018

    British business insolvencies are expected to rise again in 2018, mainly affecting businesses active in the construction, retail and hospitality sectors.

    Global Economic Outlook - May 2018

    Economic Outlook

    • Algeria,
    • Angola,
    • General economic

    8th May 2018

    The global economic upswing continues to strengthen but US policy uncertainty and a potential trade war could quickly darken the bright skies.

    Country Report Argentina 2018

    Country Report

    • Argentina
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th April 2018

    While the return to more market friendly policies has improved Argentina´s medium- and long-term growth prospects, significant downside risks remain.

    Country Report Brazil 2018

    Country Report

    • Brazil
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th April 2018

    Despite a rebound, the economic environment remains challenging due to a fragile political landscape, high unemployment, and fiscal policy issues.

    Country Report Chile 2018

    Country Report

    • Chile
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th April 2018

    Since H2 of 2017 economic growth has recovered from low copper prices and lower demand from China, strikes in the mining sector and weaker domestic demand.

    Country Report Colombia 2018

    Country Report

    • Colombia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th April 2018

    Since H2 of 2017 GDP growth has started to accelerate again, due to a more supportive external environment and the effects of monetary policy stimulus.

    Market Monitor Consumer Durables Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Consumer Durables

    4th April 2018

    In a highly competitive and fragmented market retailers’ profit margins are expected to remain under pressure in 2018 after deteriorating in 2017.

    Market Monitor Consumer Durables Spain 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Spain
    • Consumer Durables

    4th April 2018

    Consumer durables are expected to continue their sales expansion in 2018, although at a lower pace than in 2017 as private consumption growth slows.

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