International bank guarantees

Guarantee of payment, performance, or tender guarantees from PrivatBank for reliability of your transactions.

Basic types of guarantees

Bank guarantee is a Bank's obligation to pay the beneficiary a certain amount in case one's counterparty (the principal under the guarantee) fails to fulfill one's contractual obligations.

  • A Payment Guarantee ensures timely payment to the supplier for the goods delivered or the work performed under a contract.
  • A Bid Bond ensures compliance of all tender participants with the tender conditions (issued for the tender authority).
  • A Performance Guarantee ensures compliance of the seller with obligations on delivery of goods or performance of work under a contract.

In which cases are guarantees used?

In terms of delivering goods and services, risks may appear at different stages varying from raw material acquisition, manufacture and storage of goods to timely delivery and provision of services and payment. 

Use of bank guarantees in such situations allows for the protection of the interests of both the seller and buyer.International bank guarantees are used most frequently in the following cases:

  • Business partners have established a new, untried business relationship;
  • The seller is not confident as to the buyer's solvency, while the buyer is not confident as to the seller's capability to deliver goods/perform work/provide services;
  • The subject of the contract implies large-scale projects or tailor-made products;
  • In the event an international tender is organised.

Benefits from the use of bank guarantees

  • Possibility of guaranteeing fulfilment of obligations under a contract without prepayment;
  • Possibility of obtaining trade credit from the counterparty, the cost of which is lower than that of borrowing funds;
  • Reimbursement pursuant to a written payment demand only for the actual goods delivered;
  • Possibility of deferring payment for supply of goods or services under a contract.

Why are guarantees issued by PrivatBank beneficial?

  1. 20 years of experience in the international market.

  2. Availability of correspondent banks worldwide.

  3. Promptness of guarantee issuance: a covered guarantee (secured by cash funds) is issued within one day without need for a contract.

  4. Low fees and charges.

  5. Individual approach in terms of drawing up guarantee taking the nature of your business into account.

For issuing a guarantee you need to take just 2 steps:

Step 1. File the signed application for guarantee issuance with a financial manager and transfer cash cover under the guarantee to the account specified by the manager (in the event the guarantee is issued against cash cover).

Step 2. Provide the bank with three types of documents: the constituent documents, financial statements and documents certifying the title to property which may serve as collateral (unless the guarantee is issued against cash cover).

For advice on international documentary instruments consult with the Head Office experts by emailing:

All collections are to be forwarded to below address:

We assume no responsibility for documents sent to any other address unless it is agreed with us by SWIFT.

Fees and charges for bank guarantees and standby letters of credit

  • Guarantees and standby letters
    of credit issued by the Bank
  • Guarantees and standby
    letters of credit advised by the Bank
Issuance or amount increase of guarantee / standby letter of credit
For amounts exceeding USD 0.5 mln - USD 1,500;
minimum fee - USD 50
Obligation fee under an uncovered transaction
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min 3% per annum — covered by the pledge of rights on deposit or covered by counter-guarantees of other banks;

min 4% per annum — covered by the pledge of property or real estate;

min 5% per annum covered by other kind of pledge or uncovered.
(min USD 20 per month)

Sending documents
Calculated as per fees of the courier service


Frequently asked questions

  • What is a standby letter of credit?
  • What is advising?
  • What kind of verification is implied under the ‘Verification of documents and payment demand processing’ tariff?
  • What do the preliminary activities imply?
  • What is implied by sending messages to other banks?
  • What is a 'obligation fee'?