ECGD's supplier credit loan facility
ECGD's supplier credit loan facility

The following Banking & Finance guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • ECGD's supplier credit loan facility
  • Structure of an ECGD supplier credit loan facility
  • Role of key parties to a typical supplier credit loan facility transaction
  • Advantages and disadvantages of a supplier credit loan facility
  • Uses of a supplier credit loan facility

The Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) is the UK's official export credit agency. It operates under the name UK Export Finance.

Its purpose is to promote UK exports by preserving the competitiveness of UK exporters against overseas exporters that benefit from the support of their own export credit agency. ECGD provides support for UK exporters in the form of guarantees, insurance and direct lending.

Buyer credits and supplier credits make up a large proportion of the support provided by ECGD. Buyer credit facilities are used for the purchase of high value capital goods and/or services (typically with a value of over £5 million) such as aircraft. Supplier credit facilities are generally used for the purchase of goods and/or services with a lower value.

Supplier credits can be either:

  1. supplier credit loan facilities, or

  2. supplier credit bills and notes facilities

This practice note summarises the structure of a typical supplier credit loan facility offered by ECGD and its advantages, disadvantages and uses.

For information on the other types of support offered by ECGD, see Types of support provided by ECGD and Practice Notes:

  1. ECGD's supplier credit bills and notes facility, and

  2. ECGD's buyer credit facility

For information on ECGD in general, see Practice Note: The Export Credits Guarantee Department—ECGD.

Structure of an ECGD supplier credit loan facility

A typical supplier credit loan facility involves a