Kalogredis calls that basic fact that a document generally viewed by many as a casual and non_binding document, could atimes still become binding under certain unpredictable circumstances, "one of the traps in a letter of intent," and adds:
Few traders and brokers realize that the Letter of Intent is not a standard document in International Trade. When "LOI" is used, it actually refers to the Letter of Indemnity. This is standard usage of the term and has been for decades. The Letter of Intent (hereafter referred to as LOI) is often used in specific domestic trades, such as in real estate or corporate mergers, but it has no standard usage in International Trade itself.