An Analysis of Risk Transfer and Trust Nexus in International Trade With Reference to Turkish Data

An Analysis of Risk Transfer and Trust Nexus in International Trade With Reference to Turkish Data

Aslı Taşbaşı, Pınar Yeşim Sarıca, Ahmet Hakan Yüksel
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9566-3.ch009
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International trade introduces a range of risks, which causes uncertainty over the timing of delivery and payment between exporters and importers. This chapter is a first attempt in dissecting Turkey's trade data in terms of risk allocation and trust between the parties involved. Breaking down Turkish export and import data for the years 2000 to 2018 according to methods of payment and use of currencies, the chapter first finds the risk is distributed unevenly between the exporter and the importer. Then findings are evaluated to open a new avenue of future research, constructed on the inquiry whether emerging economies like Turkey can establish trust in their trade with developed economies by using blockchain technology.
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In international trade, risk is commonly defined as the possibility of loss of or damage to the goods subject to trade. The transfer of risk, according to this definition, refers to bearing all risks associated with the goods traded. As exporters and importers from all over the world come together to carry out trade transactions despite not only geographical distances but economic, political and cultural differences, the transfer of risk and risk management gain more sensitivity.

Risks in international trade can be economic, country-specific, commercial or cultural. Economic risks are risks that contain economic loss to the sides engaged in trade activity. Country-specific risks imply risks of a wide range, from business to political climate in a specific country. Commercial risks are risks associated with the reliability of partners. Cultural risks are based on cultural differences which may be related with a variety of issues like decision making styles, language barriers or differing ethical concerns. Differences in terminology used, unclear or undefined terms of payment potentially lead future disputes between parties involved.

Estimating the transfer of risk is crucial when setting up the trade contract. Exporters need to receive payment as quickly as time permits, ideally when an order is placed or before the goods are sent to the importer. Importers on the other hand, need to receive the goods at the earliest opportunity, yet to defer payment to the extent that this would be possible, ideally until after the goods are resold to create enough revenue to pay the exporter.

Types of payment in international trade are developed with the intention to characterize and harmonize the methods for payments in return of delivery of goods sold across borders. As such, the payment methods are categorized to clear away disparities in national applications, which otherwise may be deterrent to the smooth functioning of international trade. Varying categories of payment ensure that the risk is moved in various routes between the seller and the buyer. Depending on whether the damage or loss is at the buyer or the seller’s risk, each side bears the costs.

This study attempts to diagnose whether Turkey bears a symmetric cost with its partners in bilateral trade in terms of risks undertaken. Assessing Turkish export and import data according to types of payment and use of currencies, the study intends to reveal whether there is a consistent pattern of undertaking risk in favor of the exporter or the importer. If international trade is unevenly structured according to these risk parameters favoring the exporter or the importer, and if the ongoing trade relationship does not at least converge over time to a state relatively even, it is worth examining whether there is an issue resulting from the way countries trade. This paper is a first in the sense that it anatomizes Turkey's international trade as such and links the findings with the trust issue in international trade. The findings are evaluated according to the possibility of Turkey’s restoring trust with the help of blockchain technology-based international trade and finance.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Blockchain: Blockchain is a meta-technology interconnected with other technologies and consists of several architectural layers: a database, a software application, a number of computers connected to each other, peoples’ access to the system and a software ecosystem that enables development. The blockchain runs on the existing stack of Internet protocols, adding an entire new tier to the Internet to ensure economic transactions, both instant digital currency payments and complicated financial contracts.

International Trade: International trade refers to exchange of capital, goods, and services across international borders including the activities of the government and individual. International trade happens to constitute a significant share of gross domestic product.

Exchange Rate Volatility: The volatility of exchange rates is the source of exchange rates risk and has certain implications on the volume of international trade. Higher risk emerges for risk-averse traders as the exchange rate volatility escalades which also diminishes foreign trade. This happens to be the reason why deal on exchange rate is closed at the moment of contract agreement, however, payment is not made until the delivery takes place. Unpredictability of the exchange rates increases uncertainty regarding expected level of profit deteriorating international trade.

Types of Payment: There are various ways to fulfill payment obligations of the goods subject to exports such as letter of credit, advance payment, clean payment, open account method and documentary collection method. Selection of the correct payment method is deemed essential in order to ensure the proper negotiation of contracts.

Risk Transfer: Refers to undertaking of the risk associated with the payment method employed. Payment is put on hold until goods are delivered to the importer when entire risk is owned by the exporter. In other case risk is undertaken by the importer where payment is fulfilled immediately after closing the deal.

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