What we do
We are the UK’s export credit agency. We help UK exporters by providing insurance to exporters and guarantees to banks to share the risks of providing export finance. In addition, we can make loans to overseas buyers of goods and services from the UK. UK Export Finance is the operating name of the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD).
We work closely with exporters, banks, buyers and project sponsors and have 90 years’ experience of supporting exports to, and investments in, markets across the world. We do this principally by providing loans to buyers of UK goods and services and guarantees, insurance and reinsurance against loss, taking into account the government’s international policies.
insure UK exporters against non-payment by their overseas buyers
help overseas buyers to purchase goods and services from UK exporters by guaranteeing or funding bank loans to finance the purchases
share credit risks with banks to help exporters raise tender and contract bonds, in accessing pre- and post-shipment working capital finance and in securing confirmations of letters of credit
insure UK investors in overseas markets against political risks
Find out about our products and services.
Read our case studies, which describe specific examples of our support
Our priorities are to:
- fulfil our statutory remit to support exports
- operate within the policy and financial objectives set by the government, including international obligations
- achieve fair competition by seeking to establish a level playing field internationally, through obtaining multilateral improvements in export credit policies and practices
- recover the maximum amount of debt in respect of claims paid, taking account of the government’s policy on debt forgiveness
Read our strategy and business plan.
Who we are
You can read relevant legislation: the Export and Investment Guarantees Act 1991, as amended by the Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Act 2009 and the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.