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Export finance

Use our selection of books, guides, useful links, books and articles to find more information on export finance.

Guides

International trade: An accountant's guide
This guide from UK Trade & Investment and ICAEW is designed to help accountants advise their clients on international issues. It will also help finance directors and financial controllers to assess the financial risk and profitability of international projects.

Competing in the Global Race: A guide to Trade Finance and Credit Insurance
An ICAEW guide to export finance and credit insurance. The guide explains how to get access to working capital, take out export insurance, ensure you get paid, raise contract bonds and secure buyer finance.

The role of UK Export Finance
Guide published in 2015 which gives UK businesses an overview of export finance and credit insurance.

Export finance
Business guide from Atom Content Marketing.

Useful links

Exporting is great
Free export guidance and support from the UK Government, including guidance in the following areas:

UK Export Finance (formerly known as the Export Credits Guarantee Department)
The UK's export credit agency provides a range of services to support exporters. The website outlines various initiatives intended to support exporters, including:

  • Bond Insurance Policy
    A scheme which protects UK exporters against the risk of a bond being called unfairly, or fairly due to certain political events.
  • Bond Support Scheme
    A scheme to provide partial guarantees to banks in support of UK exports.
  • Buyer Credit Facility
    A scheme which helps overseas buyers purchase capital goods or services from UK exporters with a value over £5m.
  • Direct Lending Facility
    A new lending scheme launched on 2 September 2013 which is intended to help overseas buyers purchase the goods of UK exporters.
  • Export Insurance Policy
    A scheme which insures an exporter against the risk of not being paid under an export contract or of not being able to recover their costs.
  • Export working capital scheme
    A scheme which assists UK exporters in gaining access to working capital finance for specific export contracts.
  • Letter of credit guarantee scheme
    A scheme to help exporters secure confirmations of letters of credit by sharing credit risks with banks.

Export Refinancing Facility (ERF)
Information about a new facility that will enable UK-based exporters to offer competitive long-term financing to overseas buyers who require loans in excess of £50 million to purchase UK capital goods and services. Includes a step-by-step guide on how to apply.

Tradeshow Access Program (TAP)
The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) provides funding in the form of grants for eligible businesses to attend overseas trade shows. 

European payment report 2019
Report published by credit management company Intrum based on a annual survey conducted simultaneously in 29 European countries to gain insight into the payment behavior and financial health of European businesses

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide from Atradius aimed at export-oriented businesses covering debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries. Profiles include information on:

  • the amicable phase
  • legal procedures
  • enforcement
  • insolvency proceedings
  • arbitration and mediation.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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