New York, N.Y.—Mar. 20, 2012—Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced the launch of Trade Pro, an electronic platform for large corporate and middle-market companies who seek to enhance their trade and financial supply chain operations.
Trade Pro enables clients to automate and more efficiently manage import and export trade and supply chain activity between buyers and sellers to ultimately save time and resources.
The platform will be available through the bank’s CashPro Online banking channel which offers an integrated view of treasury and trade functions for corporate and institutional clients.
“The functionality of Trade Pro will help to transform the way that company CFOs and treasurers manage trade and supply chain finance transactions,” said Bruce Proctor, head of Global Trade and Supply Chain Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “The online tool will assist in making transactions more efficient and predictable while aiding in reducing resources, risks and expenses resulting from Trade Pro’s improved tracking, reporting and management of export and import activity.”
Additionally, Trade Pro providers users with customized settings and dynamic data-mining and reporting to best tailor their experience to specific global business needs. The platform is available in multiple languages to meet global demand.
The integration of Trade Pro and CashPro was critical in order to reflect the growing trend of corporates to take a more holistic approach to treasury and trade, Proctor added.
“Our clients are increasing their focus on counter-party risk and cash flow management,” he continued. “They are under pressure to unlock working capital trapped in the supply chain and to optimize their cash conversion cycle. Trade Pro will significantly add to a company’s ability to successfully execute their cash management strategy.”
With Trade Pro, importers will be able to automate their purchase order (PO) details into letter of credit (LC) or open account (OA) transactions. Users can access online Web images of related paper documents or electronic data elements to gain additional transaction-level insight. Exporters will be also able to access Web reporting to view export LC or OA transaction details and presentation discrepancies. In addition, buyers will be able to make approved invoice details for discounting prior to maturity available to sellers.
“The increasingly global nature of business today demands greater facilitation of the free and efficient flow of goods the world over,” said Proctor. “With its inherent goal of making trade finance easier, Trade Pro is an exciting development in our ongoing efforts to help clients optimize working capital, extend their global supply chain and improve the efficiency of global trade.”