In today’s volatile global trading environment, there’s no disputing the need to mitigate the payment risks associated with – some would say inherent in – international trade. Those risks raise their heads even before you close the sales contract and can continue to cause you sleepless nights until payment is securely deposited in your bank.

BRIC walls
Let’s look at the balance of risk and reward in the context of the BRIC economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China. They’re attracting huge interest from potential importers and investors, but each presents its own set of risks. Brazil is emerging from a period of economic instability, and has yet to fully prove itself.