Field 40E: Applicable Rules in Letter of Credit

F40E Applicable rules in LC

F40E: Applicable rules are a mandatory field in MT700 SWIFT message.

This field specifies the rules which is followed by this LC is issued.

This rule must be mentioned by the issuing bank because it’s a mandatory field.

There are a few rules from which the applicable rules to be mentioned in this field by following codes:

EUCP LATEST VERSION

The credit is subject to the version of the Supplement of the  ICC Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits for Electronic presentations, International Chamber of  Commerce, Paris, France, which is in effect on the date of issue. 

EUCPURR LATEST VERSION

The credit is subject to the version of the Supplement of the ICC Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits for Electronic Presentations, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France, which is in effect on the date of issue. The reimbursement is subject to the version of the  Uniform Rules for Bank-to-Bank Reimbursements,  International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France, which is in effect on the date of issue.

OTHR

The credit is subject to another set of rules, or the credit is not subject to the version of the rules that is in effect on the date of issue, these must be specified in Narrative (2nd subfield).

UCP LATEST VERSION

The credit is subject to the version of the ICC Uniform  Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits, International  Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France, which is in effect on the date of issue.

UCPURR LATEST VERSION

The credit is subject to the version of the ICC Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits, International  Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France, which is in effect on the date of issue. The reimbursement is subject to the version of the Uniform Rules for Bank-to-Bank Reimbursements under documentary credits, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France, which is in effect on the date of issue.

According to SWIFT

“This field specifies the rules the credit is subject to.”

Note: in the case of “OTHR” the Narrative is allowed to mention which rule is applied here.

Read also:  Field 43P Partial Shipments in Letter of Credit

Let’s see an example:

Here I’ll show 2 different rules in different LCs’

UCP latest version

In this LC the applicable rules are UCP Latest version. The latest version is UCP600 which was published in 2007.

UCPURR latest version

In this LC the applicable rules are UCPURR Latest version. That means both UCP and URR are applicable. The latest version is UCP600 and URR725.

If a Reimbursement bank is involved then UCPURR is applicable. Note that not all confirmed LC or UPAS LC may not involve reimbursement banks.

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