South Africa - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Financing
Last published date: 2023-05-06

Export-Import Bank (ExIm Bank)

Role Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. Government agency that helps finance the overseas sales of U.S. goods and services. In over 70 years, Ex-Im Bank has supported more than R3.86 trillion in U.S. exports.  Ex-Im Bank’s mission is to create U.S. jobs through exports. The Bank provides guarantees of working capital loans for U.S. exporters, guarantees the repayment of loans, or makes loans to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods and services.

Qualifications Ex-Im Bank also provides credit insurance that protects U.S. exporters against the risks of non-payment by foreign buyers for political or commercial reasons. To qualify for Ex-Im Bank support, the product or service must have significant U.S. content and must not affect the U.S. economy adversely. Ex-Im Bank supports the sale of U.S. exports worldwide and will support the financing of the export of any type of goods or services, including commodities, if they are not military-related. For more information, please visit EXIM.GOV

For more information about the methods of payment or other trade finance options, please read the Trade Finance Guide available at

To access South Africa’s ICS section on financing, visit the U.S. Department of State Investment Climate Statement website.