Trade-Based Money Laundering: What Compliance Professionals Need to Know

July 21, 2020

Hundreds of billions of dollars are laundered every year through trade-based money laundering (TBML). Its sophisticated techniques allow criminals to use legitimate trade to disguise the source of illegal proceeds and transfer value across borders without the use of traditional money movement methods.

Laurie Kelly, CAMS shares her knowledge and experiences gained from 20 years in leading the AML, fraud, and sanctions compliance functions for a $145 billion U.S. financial institution that provided extensive trade finance services for global exports of U.S. agricultural products. Attendees learn the fundamentals of foreign trade and trade finance, and why these long-established processes make it so vulnerable to TBML.

We break down the most common TBML techniques, including the Black Market Peso Exchange, over & under invoicing, and others, using real world case studies. Finally, we review the red flags for these activities and how to incorporate transaction monitoring, sanctioned/restricted party screening, and enhanced customer due diligence to mitigate TBML risks.

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