The ICC Uniform Rules for. Demand Guarantees URDG Advantages of a standardised approach in international business. s Affaki. Uniform Rules For Demand Guarantees – URDG refers to a set of The ICC worked on URDG for more than two years prior to its release. For more information on URDG , see Practice note, Bonds, guarantees and standby credits: overview: International Chamber of Commerce Uniform Rules.
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In a country beset by unpredictable currency fluctuations, the ability to pay in a currency other than the currency stipulated in the guarantee must have considerable advantages.
Mineral extraction and revenues in Tanzania have made very little positive impact on the lives of most Tanzanians. However, a counter-guarantee is not transferable.
ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG) Including Model Forms
More from this Firm. The provisions of the URDG are limited to the scope of the matters upon which the contracting parties are free to contract on, and is subject to mandatory national laws of the governing jurisdiction, which is the law and jurisdiction of the guarantor or counter guarantor, unless otherwise agreed by the parties.
Indemnity Article 31 of the URDG provides for unlimited indemnity in favour of a guarantor and counter-guarantor with regard to all obligations and responsibilities imposed on them by foreign laws and usages. Currency Payment default Article 21 of the URDG ensures that a guarantor bank is not held in default in the event that it is unable to pay the beneficiary in the currency specified in the demand guarantee, due to an impediment beyond its control or because it is illegal under the law of the place for payment, by providing that the guarantor may make payment in the currency of the place for payment, which need not be the same as the place where the presentation was made.
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Worldwide Europe European Union U. Events from this Firm. An example of such intervention mechanism is the creation of a priority list for accessing the available FX, including to the manufacturing and oil and gas sector. Furthermore, it debunks the many myths about international guarantee practice in order to identify which pitfalls to avoid.
In favour of the guarantor bank, the URDG entitles a guarantor and counter-guarantor to a discretion on whether or not to accept an extend or pay request.
Further, this publication tracks in detail the seven key stages of a guarantee’s lifecycle: Irrevocability While the foregoing Articles seem to be mainly in favour of the guarantor, it is useful to mention that Article 4 b of the URDG appears to swing in favour of the beneficiary to the disadvantage of the guarantor, by providing that a demand guarantee issued subject to the URDG is deemed irrevocable, even though the guarantee declares itself to be revocable.
Drafting Issuance Changing of terms Making a presentation Examining the presentation Making payment Termination of the guarantee and counter-guarantee. It is important to note that the URDG may apply without the parties expressly including it in certain instances, including where forr is in the general usage of a particular trade; 7 where the applicable law provides for its application; or where it rule been in consistent use in the guagantees of a transaction or dealings between the parties.
Create an account My account Login Lost password Shopping basket. Do you have a Question or Comment? The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. While the foregoing Articles seem to be mainly in favour of the guarantor, it is useful to mention that Article 4 b of the URDG appears to swing in favour of the beneficiary to the disadvantage of the guarantor, by providing that a demand guarantee issued subject to the URDG is deemed irrevocable, even though the guarantee declares itself to be revocable.
Thus, where a Nigerian bank gives a guarantee, Nigerian law automatically governs the guarantee and the courts of Nigeria have jurisdiction over any dispute, without any need for the guarantee to provide to that effect. There are many reasons why a Nigerian bank should adopt the URDG in their demand guarantees, ucc of which are highlighted below:.
In practice, extend or pay requests which result in an extension iccc far more frequently than actual payment of the guarantee.
Be the hniform to review this product. More from this Author. Applicable law and Jurisdiction Articles 34 and 35 of the URDG provide that except the parties agree otherwise, the guarantor’s law and jurisdiction applies to the demand guarantee and in the case of a counter guarantee, the counter guarantor’s uniforj and jurisdiction applies to the counter guarantee.
Articles guafantees to 30 of the URDG exempts the guarantor from liability on the quality of documents presented to it; 16 on errors it may make in the transmission of documents; 17 or the acts of its agents and subagents 18 and any act or omission carried out by it in uinform course of carrying out the applicant’s directives where it acts in good faith.
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Independence from underlying contracts Article 5 of the URDG expressly provides that the obligations of a guarantor and counter-guarantor is independent of any issues in the underlying contract. Interested in the next Webinar on this Topic?
Article 33 of the URDG provides that a guarantee is transferable only if it specifically states that it is “transferable”, in which case it may be transferred more than once for the full amount available at the time of transfer. Role The URDG limits the guarantor’s responsibility and role in the agreement to dealing with, 11 and examining presented documents on their facial appearance of conformity only, without any need to verify the authenticity.
Transfer and Assignment Article 33 of the URDG provides that a guarantee is transferable only if it specifically states that it is “transferable”, in which unifor it may be transferred more than once for the full amount available at the time of transfer.
It further provides that a guarantor may refuse a request by a beneficiary for the transfer of a guarantee and assignment of proceeds.
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Article 15 of the URDG provides that where a beneficiary makes a demand on a guarantor, the demand shall be accompanied by the documents specified in the guarantee and also by a supporting statement which indicates in what respect the applicant is in breach of its obligations under the underlying contractual relationship. Finally, banks should remember that the terms and conditions of the URDG are not cast in stone, and they are free to exclude any terms they find not suitable or amenable to their appetite.
The URDG consists of 35 Articles which in clear, simple and precise terms set a balance in the legitimate and competing interests of the applicant, the guarantor and the beneficiary; limit the risk of unfair calls and demands on guarantors and counter-guarantors; and explain the various important phases in the lifecycle of a demand guarantee, just like the ICC’s Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits UCP 4 which is used for Letters of Credit LCs and other documentary credits.
Hopefully, the financier should have in place a Certificate of Capital Importation, which then entitles it to purchase foreign exchange in the official exchange market for remittance offshore.
The guarantor thus has a discretion on whether or not to accept an instruction to amend a guarantee. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.
Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG)
Potentially, the offshore guarangees may create a financing stop gap in meeting Nigerian importers’ FX requirements and offshore financiers in sponsoring FX backed LCs, may require Nigerian importers to provide demand guarantees from Nigerian guaranees. This provision is rather favorable to the banks because guarantor and counter-guarantor banks are not usually parties to such guaranfees contracts, hence, it is unreasonable to have them entangled in issues emanating from such contracts.
The demand guarantee also differs from LCs in that the LC is in itself a means of payment by the applicant in the normal course of the transaction; whereas the demand guarantee is an assurance of payment in the event that the applicant fails to make payment under the actual means of payment, as agreed.
Incorporating the URDG automatically swings the balance of negotiation in favour of the Nigerian bank, who may rely on the default provisions.