Flexible funding options tailored to business needs of domestic and international traders

Boost your trading plans with Trade Finance

Flexible finance options and expertise to support your international trade goals.

We’ve got your back

We help everyone from SMEs to the largest corporates embrace the challenges of trading domestically and internationally, our team are committed to support you to:

  • Manage risk when dealing with suppliers or buyers.
  • Win contracts in the UK or overseas
  • Build trust with your trading partners, allowing you to negotiate preferential trading terms to benefit both sides of each transaction.
  • Provide the financing required to achieve your ambitions.

Featured insight: Unlocking trade opportunities

Matthew Talbot, Chief Operating Officer at furniture retailer Laura James, shares his insight on managing supply chains and trade growth in today’s volatile world.

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NatWest named as Best Trade Finance Provider in the UK 

Global Finance Awards 2024

Rowan Austin, Head of Trade Origination & Advisory at NatWest noted: “Our customers have been through turbulent times over the past few years as global events have triggered market volatility, and technology fundamentally altered supply chains and how businesses trade internationally. This award is true recognition of the work we do to support our customers during these times.”

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Tools to help you Trade

We are proud to support the government's campaign to inspire and assist businesses selling goods and services overseas, access guidance, tools, and services and work closely with both the Department for Business and Trade and UK Export Finance.

Please see below tools and information to support your business from Natwest and the Department for Business and Trade.

Featured product: Trade Loans

A Natwest Trade Loan could be used as a revolving facility supporting regular funding needs, including supplier payments or stock purchases, or to provide the working capital required to fund a specific contract.


We'll work closely with you to create a customised solution that fits your business, providing confidential financing that is kept separate to any other debt you may have.

Our products

With our expert trade finance solutions, we could help you mitigate the risks of international and domestic trade with the aim of improving your company’s cashflow, and gaining control over your imports and exports.

Bonds, Guarantees & Standby Letters of Credit

Provide companies with additional protection in respect of their business or customers, performance or financial obligations. We could issue guarantees on your behalf or receive and validate guarantees issued by other banks in your favour.

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Letters of Credit

Letters of Credit provide a secure method of settlement and reduce the risk of non- payment for delivered goods. Once issued they are legally binding, irrevocable and cannot be cancelled unless all parties agree.


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Documentary Collections

Cover your business against performance risk. Negotiate new payment terms with suppliers, which could offer better security for both sides.

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Trade Loans

This short term working capital funding could help source, produce, package and ship your goods – whether trading in the UK or internationally.

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Contact our experts

Existing NatWest business customers

If you’re an existing customer, please contact your relationship manager for more information on how we can support with Working Capital.


New customers

If you have a working capital requirement, give us a call on 0345 303 0077 (Relay UK Service: 18001 0345 303 0077).

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Calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

To see how much your call might cost, visit the call charge information page.

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