Here are some more descriptions of 'trade reference' which you might find useful:
#...A trade reference is a business that extends credit or otherwise has a business relationship with the applicant.
#...Trade references are numismatic companies with whom you do business. Companies look for references, who can attest to an applicant's reliability and business ethics.
#...Trade references are used as a type of credit report to say. You would give them the name of other companies you currently do open business with as a source for them to verify your legit and not a scam artist to say. It also helps if you have good trade references as to the line of credit they will let you carry. This would allow you to send a P.O. to them for the items you are ordering and send payment within the time allotted by them. The trade references act as a credit rating so to speak.
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 12:28 am (utc) on April 14, 2005] [edit reason] please no urls. [/edit]