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Import export loans provides capital to exporters

The SBA supports export financing to small businesses when financing is not otherwise available on reasonable terms. The program encourages lenders to offer export working capital loans by guaranteeing repayment of up to $1 million or 90 percent of a loan amount, whichever is less.

The loans have:

  • Guarantees of up to $1.1 million or
  • Guarantees up to $1.25 million if it’s combined with an international trade loan
  • A reasonable turnaround. The SBA can usually turnaround this type of loan within 10 days or less

An applicant must be in business for a full year at the time of application. The SBA may waive this if the applicant has export trade experience.

Applicant businesses must:

  • Operate for profit
  • Be engaged in business in the United States
  • Have reasonable owner equity to invest and
  • Use alternative financial resources first, including personal assets

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