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International Debt Collections Handbook

Debt Collection Reports

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

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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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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    Market Monitor Food Hungary 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Hungary
    • Food

    12th December 2017

    Key challenges for food retailers are the increasingly competitive market environment and the very high wage pressure, which is diminishing profit margins.

    Market Monitor food Ireland 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Ireland
    • Food

    12th December 2017

    A hard Brexit remains a major threat to the Irish food sector, despite ongoing efforts of food exporters to diversify shipments away from Britain.

    Market Monitor food Portugal 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Portugal
    • Food

    12th December 2017

    The recent profit margin increase is expected to bottom out in the coming months due to a slowdown in inflation and increasing competition in food retail.

    Market Monitor food Spain 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Spain
    • Food

    12th December 2017

    The average payment duration in the food industry is 60 days, and the number of payment delays remained low in 2017, with no increase expected in 2018.

    Global Economic Outlook - November 2017

    Economic Outlook

    • Algeria,
    • Angola,
    • General economic

    21st November 2017

    Global economic momentum, which began picking up in H2 of 2016, has solidified through the year. However, now is not a time for complacency.

    Market Monitor Steel China 2017

    Market Monitor

    • China
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    Overcapacity remains the main challenge, as the rebalancing of the economy from investment and export-driven growth towards private consumption continues.

    Market Monitor Steel Germany 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    The steel and metals sector remains resilient for the time being, but the market environment is turning increasingly difficult with more downside risks.

    Market Monitor Steel United Kingdom 2017

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    Demand from construction and automotive as key buyer sectors has been robust in 2017, and steel price increases have been pushed through the supply chain.

    Market Monitor Steel USA 2017

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    While in general insolvencies are not expected to rise sharply, an increase in business failures in Puerto Rico and the Houston area cannot be ruled out.

    Market Monitor Steel Italy 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    Both the rebound of steel and metals prices and increased domestic demand have helped to improve margins in 2017, which nevertheless remain tight.

    Market Monitor Steel France 2017

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    Export orientation and diversification are key factors for business success in a business environment characterised by overcapacity and volatile prices.

    Market Monitor Steel India 2017

    Market Monitor

    • India
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    Due to a high non-performing assets level banks remain reluctant to provide loans, and external financing at competitive conditions remains a challenge.

    Market Monitor Steel Belgium 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Belgium
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    While the profit margin development is generally stable competition remains high with Asian steel and metals businesses on international markets.

    Market Monitor Steel Netherlands 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Netherlands
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    While the outlook for late 2017 and 2018 remains positive, due to overcapacity there is on-going price pressure in most segments, affecting margins.

    Market Monitor Steel Spain 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Spain
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    Production has increased again in 2017, but competitiveness of the domestic steel and metals industry remains negatively impacted by high power costs.

    Market Monitor Steel Poland 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Poland
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    Payment experience has been good over the past two years, and steel and metals insolvencies decreased in 2016, with a stable outlook for 2017 and 2018.

    Market Monitor Steel South Africa 2017

    Market Monitor

    • South Africa
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    14th November 2017

    Banks have generally tightened their lending policies for steel businesses due to the fierce competitive environment and still subdued domestic demand.

    Market Monitor Machines USA 2017

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    Revenues of the engineering services industry have rebounded since 2015 as greater liquidity in financial markets helped to boost construction spending.

    Market Monitor Machines United Kingdom 2017

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    While UK business insolvencies are forecast to increase in 2017 and 2018, the machinery sector is not expected to follow this deteriorating trend.

    Market Monitor Machines China 2017

    Market Monitor

    • China
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    Lower demand from key buyer industries and high overcapacity has led to decreasing net profit margins for some businesses over the last two years.

    Market Monitor Machines France 2017

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    Profit margins have increased over the last 12 months due to the benign business environment, however, a slight decline cannot be ruled out in the future.

    Market Monitor Machines Italy 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    Profit margins of machinery businesses rebounded in 2016 and are expected to improve further, but competition remains strong in the domestic market.

    Market Monitor Machines Indonesia 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Indonesia
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    As competition is fierce in the domestic market price wars cannot be ruled out, particularly among businesses operating in the lower quality segment.

    Market Monitor Machines Denmark 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Denmark
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    Key success factors for Danish machinery businesses remains their ability to streamline costs and investment in product development/new technology.

    Market Monitor Machines Germany 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    The general outlook remains positive, and margins are relatively high, especially in niche segments. However,competition from China is increasing.

    Market Monitor Machines Netherlands 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Netherlands
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    Payment behaviour has been good over the last two years and the number of payment delays, defaults and insolvencies is expected to remain low in 2017.

    Market Monitor Machines Poland 2017

    Market Monitor

    • Poland
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st October 2017

    Due to deteriorated results and margins, as well as increased payment delays and insolvencies our underwriting stance remains restrictive for the sector.

    Payment Practices Barometer Asia Pacific 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Australia,
    • China,
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th October 2017

    After a minor decrease from 45.0% in 2015 to 44.3% in 2016, the percentage of overdue B2B invoices in Asia Pacific increased again this year to 45.4%.

    Payment Practices Barometer China 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • China
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th October 2017

    China’s proportion of domestic and foreign past due B2B invoices is almost in line with the regional average and has increased compared to last year.

    Payment Practices Barometer Taiwan 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Taiwan
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th October 2017

    The proportion of domestic and foreign past due B2B invoices in Taiwan (domestic: 42.7%; foreign: 47.2%) is almost in line with the regional averages.

    Payment Practices Barometer Hong Kong 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Hong Kong
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th October 2017

    The proportion of domestic and foreign past due B2B invoices in Hong Kong (domestic: 50.0%; foreign: 50.3%) is higher than that recorded at regional level.

    Payment Practices Barometer India 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • India
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th October 2017

    With an average of 53.4%, India had the highest proportion of domestic and foreign past due B2B invoices of all the Asia Pacific countries surveyed.

    Payment Practices Barometer Australia 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Australia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th October 2017

    The percentage of Australian respondents reporting domestic and foreign late payments in 2017 (88.1%) has increased compared to last year (84.0%).

    Payment Practices Barometer Indonesia 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Indonesia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th October 2017

    In 2017, Indonesian respondents reported an increased percentage of domestic and foreign overdue B2B invoices (domestic: 45.1% and foreign: 41.2%).

    Payment Practices Barometer Japan 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Japan
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th October 2017

    The total value of B2B sales on credit in Japan increased this year to 53.7%. Of the Asia Pacific countries surveyed, Japan was the most credit-friendly.

    Payment Practices Barometer Singapore 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Singapore
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th October 2017

    Late payments from domestic and foreign B2B customers were reported more frequently by respondents in Singapore than by their peers in Asia Pacific.

    CEE Country Report Bulgaria 2017

    Country Report

    • Bulgaria
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th October 2017

    GDP is forecast to increase by more than 3% in 2017 and 2018, as household spending is spurred by low interest rates and an improving labour market.

    CEE Country Report Czech Republic 2017

    Country Report

    • Czech Republic
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th October 2017

    Private consumption is driven by wage growth while export growth is driven by Eurozone demand and the country´s improved international competitiveness.

    CEE Country Report Hungary 2017

    Country Report

    • Hungary
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th October 2017

    Hungary´s economic growth is expected to rebound in 2017 and 2018 after a slowdown in 2016, but the high level of external debt remains a major weakness.

    CEE Country Report Poland 2017

    Country Report

    • Poland
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th October 2017

    Despite further growth, Poland is susceptible to a potential end of the Eurozone recovery. Adverse economic policies could dampen investor sentiment.

    CEE Country Report Romania 2017

    Country Report

    • Romania
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th October 2017

    GDP is expected to grow 4.2% in 2017 and 3.7% in 2018, driven strong private consumption and rising investments including structural funds from the EU.

    CEE Country Report Russia 2017

    Country Report

    • Russia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th October 2017

    Despite the current rebound the long-term prospect for higher growth rates is subdued due to structural weaknesses and the negative impact of sanctions.

    CEE Country Report Slovakia 2017

    Country Report

    • Slovakia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th October 2017

    Growth is expected to remain above 3% in 2017 and 2018, but the economy remains vulnerable to adverse developments in the automotive sector.

    CEE Country Report Turkey 2017

    Country Report

    • Turkey
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th October 2017

    GDP growth is robust, but risks in the banking and corporate sectors have increased while high dependence on capital inflow remains a major vulnerability.

    Payment Practices Barometer Brazil 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Brazil
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    12th September 2017

    In 2017, 92.7% of respondents in Brazil reported late payments from their domestic B2B customers and 86.5% in respect to their foreign B2B customers.

    Payment Practices Barometer Americas 2017

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Brazil,
    • Canada,
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    12th September 2017

    After a minor increase from 47.6% in 2015 to 48.4% in 2016, the percentage of overdue B2B invoices appears to be flattening out, rising to 48.8% in 2017.

    Market Monitor Automotive UK 2017

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Automotive/Transport

    5th September 2017

    The short-term outlook remains satisfying, but Brexit will surely have a major impact on domestic car sales and British car exports in the mid-term.

    Market Monitor Automotive USA 2017

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Automotive/Transport

    5th September 2017

    Besides the risk of a sales downturn, the economic policies of the Trump administration could pose a potential challenge for the US car industry.

    Market Monitor Automotive China 2017

    Market Monitor

    • China
    • Automotive/Transport

    5th September 2017

    As more and more carmakers rush to enter into the electric and hybrid car segment, annual capacity in China is about to exceed 7 million units by 2020.

    Market Monitor Automotive France 2017

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Automotive/Transport

    5th September 2017

    Automotive suppliers´ margins remain structurally under pressure, as the powerful car manufacturers demand greater productivity, coupled with lower prices.

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    The statements made herein are provided solely for general informational purposes and should not be relied upon for any purpose. Please refer to the actual policy or the relevant product or services agreement for the governing terms. Nothing herein should be construed to create any right, obligation, advice or responsibility on the part of Atradius, including any obligation to conduct due diligence of buyers or on your behalf. If Atradius does conduct due diligence on any buyer it is for its own underwriting purposes and not for the benefit of the insured or any other person. Additionally, in no event shall Atradius and its related, affiliated and subsidiary companies be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use of the statements made information herein.