Singapore University of Social Sciences

Trade Finance

Trade Finance (LOG323)

Applications Open: 01 May 2023

Applications Close: 15 June 2023

Next Available Intake: July 2023

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Management, International Trade, Procurement

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Business


A large proportion of international trade is made possible by utilising trade financing instruments. LOG323 Trade Finance provides students with an understanding of the role trade finance plays in the world trade ecosystem and a wider perspective of how trade finance relates to other business functions in an organisation. Students will be exposed to the impact of industry developments on trade finance, such as technological advancements; environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations; and trade disruptions. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply what they have learnt to real life business scenarios such as trade finance management, cash flow planning and relationship management with financiers.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Introduction to Trade Finance
  • Trade Finance in the Supply Chain
  • Trade Finance Instruments
  • Trade Finance Strategy
  • Trade Financing and Cash Flow
  • Risk Management and Contingency Planning in Trade Finance
  • Global Institutions that Support Trade Financing
  • Regional and National Institutions that Support Trade Financing
  • Technological Advancements and Developments in Trade Finance
  • Lesson from COVID-19 on Trade Finance
  • Relationship Between Trade Finance and Business Functions
  • Best Practices and Case Studies

Learning Outcome

  • Illustrate the fundamentals of trade finance and forms of trade finance across a supply chain.
  • Analyse the role of international, regional and national institutions in promoting trade and trade finance.
  • Appraise the impact of technological advancements, ESG considerations and trade disruptions on trade finance.
  • Demonstrate the importance of managing relationships with financial providers who can help an organisation to structure a suite of financing tools to meet international trade requirements.
  • Examine the importance of cash flow, cost management and the problems from management neglect in these areas.
  • Recommend ways that trade finance can help to improve different areas of a business operation.
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