Shipping product or payments abroad can be a daunting proposition for first time Oklahoma exporters. Even established business relationships can face challenges when doing business from a distance should an international partner file for bankruptcy, run low on cash or fail to pay an invoice. Concerns about resolving these issues keep many Oklahoma exporters from exploring options outside the U.S., but there are resources to ensure that risks businesses take are covered should the worst happen.
Below are three options for insurance that help protect the investment that Oklahoma exporters make when doing business abroad.*
Meridian Finance Group – Over the past 20 years Meridian Finance Group has helped hundreds of companies increase their sales using accounts receivable insurance. All policies brokered by Meridian are backed by top-rated credit insurance companies. We offer policies from every underwriter, enabling us to quote the most competitive terms and premium rates in the market. More significant than Meridian’s ability to place coverage is the comprehensive support we provide to our customers.
Euler Hermes – Boasting itself as the world’s leading provider of trade credit insurance, Euler Hermes provides the insight and resources you need to manage, maximize and protect your receivables. When you initiate a business credit insurance policy, their experts analyze your customers’ creditworthiness and financial stability. We then assign them specific credit limits; these are the amounts we will indemnify if those insured customers fail to pay. Our underwriters are industry specialists who will work closely with you to deliver in-depth credit analysis and ongoing account monitoring to provide early warning of potential credit risks before they become a loss.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States – If you’re a tax payer, you’re already invested! The EXIM Bank’s Export Credit Insurance empowers American exporters to safely offer competitive open account terms to international customers, while protecting against nonpayment. They offer policies featuring free credit analysis of foreign buyers, streamlined processing and no up-front costs: no advance premium, no first-loss deductible—nothing owed pre-shipment. You pay only for what you ship, after you ship it.
* The Oklahoma Governor’s International Team does not endorse the services of the above organizations.
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