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Countertrade

See: barter

Countertrade

The exchange of goods and services for other goods and services. Countertrade is relatively common in trade with or between cash-poor countries. Most economists estimate that countertrade accounts for between 20% and 25% of global trade volume. See also: Buyback, Switch trading, and Counter purchase.

countertrade

the direct or indirect exchange of goods for other goods in INTERNATIONAL TRADE. Countertrade is generally resorted to when particular FOREIGN CURRENCIES are in short supply, or when countries apply FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROLS.

There are various forms of countertrade, including:

  1. BARTER – the direct exchange of product for product;
  2. compensation deal - where the seller from the exporting country receives part payment in his own currency and the remainder in goods supplied by the buyer;
  3. buyback - where the seller of plant and equipment from the exporting country agrees to accept some of the goods produced by that plant and equipment in the importing country as part payment;
  4. counterpurchase - where the seller from the exporting country receives part payment for the goods in his own currency and the remainder in the local currency of the buyer, the latter then being used to purchase other products in the buyer's country See EXPORTING.

countertrade

the direct or indirect exchange of goods for other goods in INTERNATIONAL TRADE. Countertrade is generally resorted to when particular FOREIGN CURRENCIES are in short supply or when countries apply FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROLS. There are various forms of countertrade, including:
  1. BARTER: the direct exchange of product for product;
  2. compensation deal: where the seller from the exporting country receives part payment in his own currency and the remainder in goods supplied by the buyer;
  3. buyback: where the seller of plant and equipment from the exporting country agrees to accept some of the goods produced by that plant and equipment in the importing country as part payment;
  4. counterpurchase: where the seller from the exporting country receives part payment for the goods in his own currency and the remainder in the local currency of the buyer, the latter then being used to purchase other products in the buyer's country. See EXPORTING.