Export finance programs
Most U.S. banks view loans for exporters as risky. This makes it harder for you to get loans for things like day-to-day operations, advance orders with suppliers, and refinancing existing debts. That’s why the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) created programs to provide lenders with up to a 90% guaranty on export loans.
Learn more about SBA export loan programs by contacting your local SBA Export Finance Manager or SBA's Office of International Trade. Access a list of participating export lenders.
In addition to export financing counseling from SBA experts, we recommend you also review the International Trade Administration’s Trade Finance Guide.
Export Express loan
Export Express lenders can directly underwrite a loan without getting prior approval from SBA, which allows you to get capital quickly. Loans are typically approved within 36 hours, and can be up to $500,000.
Export Working Capital loan
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.
Find contact information for lenders who have delegated authority to process, close, service, and liquidate SBA-guaranteed EWCP loans.
International Trade loan
International Trade loans help small businesses enter international markets and make investments to compete with other importers. These loans offer a combination of fixed asset, working capital financing, and debt refinancing with SBA’s maximum guaranty of 90% on the total loan amount. The maximum loan is $5 million in total financing.
Office of International Trade Hotline
Contact the Office of International Trade Hotline
For additional help, please contact SBA’s Office of International Trade Hotline: 855-722-4877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.