Types of Bank Guarantee [Free Step-by-Step Guide]

In this article, we’re looking at the different types of bank guarantee options available.

This will include a close look at several popular types of bank guarantees, how to get them, and answers to several common questions we receive about guarantees.

This article is part of our free series on banking, ranging from how to open accounts as a foreigner to NRI bank account opening, and everything in between.

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Table of Contents

  1. Types of Bank Guarantee
  2. What Are the Different Types of Bank Guarantees?
  3. What Are the Advantages of a Bank Guarantee?
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. Ready to Explore Your Options?

Types of Bank Guarantee

Types of bank guarantees can range widely depending on your bank, country, and account type. For instance, many commercial banks offer guarantees for payments, tenders, and client balances. On the other hand, retail banks typically offer guarantees related to the availability and security of personal financing arrangements.

What Are the Advantages of a Bank Guarantee?

The primary advantages of a bank guarantee include less risk in a financial transaction and more confidence that both sides of an agreement will be fulfilled by the related parties. This is especially important when engaging in cross-border transactions involving companies that have not done business together before.

What Are the Different Types of Bank Guarantees?

The different types of bank guarantees fall into two main categories, which are financial and performance guarantees. That said, the specific types available in each of these categories will vary depending on the bank issuing the guarantee.

So, before requesting a guarantee from your bank you should consult with your account manager to determine which options are available. Here is a closer look at the two categories of bank guarantees:

Performance Guarantee

Performance guarantee refers to a commitment from the supplier of a service or product to a customer or client for a specific deliverable. Depending on the project, performance guarantees can be tied to specific time frames, budgets, and project scopes.

Financial Guarantee

Financial guarantee refers to a commitment from a bank (or other financial institution) to meet the financial obligations of an individual or company if they are unable or unwilling to meet their obligations. The most basic form of financial guarantee is a guarantor on a personal loan or mortgage, which is often facilitated by friends or family. In large transactions involving corporate entities and cross-border agreements, it is not uncommon for a bank to offer such guarantees.

Types of Bank Guarantee Options

Here is a closer look at some of the most common types of bank guarantee options, including explanations of some of the most popular types.

  • Payment guarantees
  • Advance payment return guarantees
  • Confirmed payment guarantees
  • Security bond guarantees
  • Performance bond guarantees
  • Warranty bond guarantees
  • Tender guarantees
  • Customs authority guarantees
  • Rental agreement guarantees

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are three of the most common questions that we receive from people looking into the different types of bank guarantees. If you have further questions you would like answered, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

What Is the Financial Instrument For a Bank Guarantee?

The financial instrument for a bank guarantee is known as a banker’s acceptance. In short, a banker’s acceptance signifies that a guarantee is in place from a bank. This is the official statement from a bank as opposed to a guarantee from an individual or a company.

How Long Does It Take for the Bank Guarantee to Be Issued?

How long it takes for a bank guarantee to be issued will depend on the bank, type of guarantee, and parties involved. That said, in most cases, individuals and companies should prepare for between 14 to 28 days before expecting to receive a bank guarantee.

Is It Possible to Apply for Bank Guarantee Online?

Yes, it is possible to apply for a bank guarantee online. However, this will vary depending on the bank you have accounts with and even the type of guarantee that you require. With this in mind, before searching your bank’s website for where to apply for a bank guarantee online, it’s best to contact your account manager directly and ask for instructions related to the specific guarantee you need.

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The GlobalBanks editorial team comprises a group of subject-matter experts from across the banking world, including former bankers, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. All have in-depth knowledge and experience in various aspects of international banking. In particular, they have expertise in banking for foreigners, non-residents, and both foreign and offshore companies.

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