Discusses the most common methods of payment, such as open account, letter of credit, cash in advance, documentary collections, factoring, etc. Includes credit-rating and collection agencies in this country. Includes primary credit or charge cards used in this country.
Last Published: 7/31/2019

Standard international methods of payment are used in North Macedonia.  For shipments of goods, advance payment is the most commonly used method; credit terms are usually used in long-established relations with known customers.  Credit is allocated on market terms and usually ranges from 30 to 90 days.  Letters of credit and bills of exchange are used in shipment payments.  As with any international transaction, the method of payment is determined by the degree of trust in the buyer’s ability and willingness to pay.  Full payment in advance is highly recommended for the first few transactions and deliveries while the importer is still unknown.

The debt collection process is time-consuming, expensive, and complex.  There are a number of collection agencies.  A creditor may choose to sue the debtor in court; if the court rules in favor of the creditor, the creditor may engage a licensed enforcement agent to collect its due receivables.
For more information about the methods of payment or other trade finance options, please read the Trade Finance Guide available at www.Export.gov/TradeFinanceGuide.

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