Since UCP500’s “inconsistent with” standard was replaced by the “not conflict with” test of UCP600 Art. 14(d), has the number of these discrepancies based on “conflict” decreased? Not really. At best, things have stayed the same in this regard.
During a discussion of discrepancy rates at the recent Hong Kong Annual Survey, one prominent banker pointed the finger at his own industry: “Banks have created this [problem] themselves. When [document] checking is out-sourced, then there is no relationship with the customer so there are more discrepancies.” An honest admission, for sure.
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