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Post-Dated Cheques in the UAE: The Pros and Cons
5 months ago by Jack Evangelides

Post-Dated Cheques in the UAE: The Pros and Cons

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Post-dated cheques are a common form of payment in the UAE, whether you`re buying a car, paying rent or you are a B2B supplier; post-dated cheques are frequently used. A rise in using cheques for payments has occurred due to the high fees on electronic transfers. 

However, within the UAE there are serious factors that need to be considered when using cheques as payment. If a cheque bounces it is treated as a criminal offence with the potential of jail time, hefty fines and an overall risk to your credit score. Thus, it is pivotal to comprehend the pros and cons of using cheques, and, especially, when writing post-dated cheques. 

Know Your Customer - The Pros and Cons 

Post-dated cheques can be your best friend or your worst enemy. A potential benefit of this payment method is how it can foster healthy and long-lasting business relationships. When you are able to rely on a supplier and it is possible to pay with post-dated cheques, with full confidence that the transaction will be honoured, you can assure a robust financial future. 

Furthermore, your B2B relationship will inevitably strengthen with frequent transactions via cheques, if and only if, they are honoured. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) often rely on post-dated cheques, thus for a sturdy cash-flow, it is essential that cheques do not bounce. 

Before entering into an agreement where post-dated cheques are used it would be beneficial to know your customer well in order to avoid any financial malice. It is important to understand the penalties of a bounced cheque, especially due to the fact that the charges differ from within the UAE. For example, in Dubai you would expect a fine from around AED 2,000 - AED 10,000. 

However, due to it being a criminal offence, penalisation of bounced cheques may result in a criminal sentence and a minimum detainment along with a fine. Additionally, some courts may even impose travel bans as a penalty on bounced cheques. 

Post-Dated Cheques Have Many Drawbacks

Therefore, post-dated cheques have many drawbacks and maybe simply outdated. There are no guarantees of a cheque being honoured therefore, especially in cases of large sums, it would be highly advantageous if a due diligence investigation were to be conducted on the issuing party. 

An investigation of such could assess the risks of B2B arrangements and allow you to mitigate any potential risks before entering an agreement. Moreover, a cheque is only valid for 3 months from the date of issuance; this understanding creates tight timeframes upon payments. 

Do Your Homework
This quote nicely depicts what course of action should be taken before entering a business transaction, especially in the case of post-dated cheques being issued. Cedar Rose offers professional and meticulous investigative due diligence reports which can assist in avoiding financial burdens and untrustworthy counterparties. 

Our specialised due diligence team can research the company of your choice and make sure that their reputation is robust enough for a healthy transaction. No matter the transaction, big or small, it is important to make sure that your arrangement is pre-emptively as secure as possible. Cedar Rose can provide multiple specific reports tailored to your needs. For example, a reputational due diligence report involves extensive discreetly conducted research to ascertain the local reputation of a company. 

This assessment may be the ultimate difference in assuring that payments via post-dated cheques are likely to be fruitfully honoured or knowing that the business or person is locally considered untrustworthy or dishonourable. Post-dated cheques are not the enemy, but the potential risks are, therefore, do your homework and mitigate them with Cedar Rose. 

For more information on how we can help your business in the UAE and beyond, give us a call today on +357 25 346630 or email info@cedar-rose.com

  • KYC
  • Know Your Customer
  • Cheques
  • UAE
  • B2B