How to Access Trade Finance

A Guide for Exporting SMEs

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This guide helps small exporters understand how to obtain finance, outlining the credit process of financial institutions, pre-application preparation, finding appropriate lenders and loan repayment. Models for business plans and loan requests are included. The guide also examines barriers to finance for small firms, and what financial institutions perceive as lending risks.

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The current global economic and financial crisis is not conducive to the business development of small firms, especially those with international markets. Millions of these enterprises, considered the backbone of an economy, have collapsed. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries have been hardest hit, with export markets cut by an average of 40%–50% and resulting increases in unemployment and poverty.

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