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Export Financing

Federal Programs

Federal export finance programs are:

1) SBA Export Financing

  • Export Express lenders lenders can directly underwrite a loan without getting prior approval from SBA, which allows you to get capital quickly. Loans can be up to $500,000 with terms of up to seven years. The SBA also provides a guarantee of up to 90%, and lenders are not required to take collateral for loans up to $50,000.

  • Export Working Capital loans allow small business owners to apply for loans in advance of finalizing an export sale or contract, giving exporters greater flexibility in negotiating export payment terms. These loans can be up to $5 million, and the turnaround time is usually five to 10 business days.

  • International Trade loans provide funding of up to $5 million to acquire, construct, renovate, modernize, improve, or expand facilities and equipment to be used in the United States to produce goods or services involved in international trade, and improve the competitive position of small business concerns that are existing exporters or are developing new export markets. 

2) EXIM (Export and Import Bank)

  • Export Credit Insurance empowers you to meet, or beat, your competitors by winning new customers and increasing sales to existing buyers. The process is simple: after you’ve agreed to credit terms with your international buyer, you ship the product and invoice them. After you’ve agreed to credit terms with your international buyer, you ship the product and invoice them. Click here for a timeline reference from EXIM.

  • Working Capital Loan Guarantee EXIM's Working Capital Loan Guarantee can empower exporters to unlock cash flow to fulfill sales orders and take on new business abroad. With EXIM support, exporters can borrow more with the same collateral, secure performance and bid bonds necessary to win projects, and increase their global competitiveness.

NYS Programs

New York State's Global New York program offers:

1) The Global NY Grant Program offers reimbursable grants of up to $25,000 to help companies customize for export markets, participate in trade shows, and undertake product adaptation to meet foreign regulatory requirements; and grants of up to $100,000 to not-for-profit organizations that provide export assistance and trade education to New York State companies. The fund is currently paused.

2) The Global NY State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) offers reimbursable grants of up to $5,000 per activity ($10,000 maximum per STEP funding period) to qualifying small and medium-sized business for expenses related to participation in trade missions, trade shows exhibitions, export training, website translation, and development of international marketing campaigns. Eligible businesses must operate in New York State and manufacture, assemble and/or distribute a product, or provide an exportable service, be in business for at least one year, and have a product or service for export that contains at least 51% United States content​. 

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