Payment Practices Barometer the Americas

International survey of B2B payment behaviour

An Atradius Interview with Doug Collins, Head of Risk Services, the Americas

Doug Collins speaks about payment trends in the US, Canada, Brazil and Mexico and explains how they have changed over the past year. Watch our video to find out how each country is performing and learn more about payment trends in these markets.

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Compared to businesses in Europe, collection of foreign receivables is consistently a greater challenge for business respondents in the Americas. Whether it be due to inexperience in exporting, inconsistent payment practices, language or cultural barriers, or less use of external credit management resources such as credit insurance, international collections or credit information services, businesses in the Americas seem to struggle more with foreign invoice collections.

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Core results

  • 27.0% and 29.5% of the total value of the invoices issued by survey respondents to their domestic and foreign B2B customers respectively are past due.
  • Most common reasons for late payment of B2B invoices are liquidity constraints of the customer (domestic) and inefficiencies of the banking system and complexity of the payment procedure (foreign).
  • In Canada and the U.S., foreign B2B receivables represent a greater threat,while in Mexico and Brazil domestic B2B receivables are of more concern.
  • The average DSO of survey respondents in the Americas (58 days) is almost twice the average payment term of 31 days.
  • Despite modest economic improvement, generating and maintaining sufficient cash flow remains a priority.

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Credit management knowledge

Insolvencies in the US

chemicals sector

expected to decrease 5% in 2014.

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Western Europe: around

40% of the value of B2B

invoices in default 

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Payments in Polish

Food sector take

45 days on average.

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Payments in the German food sector

take 30 days on average

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Statistical appendix

Download the Statistical appendix to the
September 2013
edition of the Payment Practices Barometer (survey results for the Americas).

Also available: Statistical appendix May 2013 Western Europe and June 2013 Eastern Europe

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