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Trade Finance Guide
The Trade Finance Guide was created in partnership with FCIB—The Finance, Credit, and International Business Association—a prominent business educator of credit and risk management professionals in exporting companies ranging in size from multinational to SMEs. FCIB's parent, the National Association of Credit Management, is a non-profit organization that represents nearly 16,000 businesses in the United States and is one of the world's largest credit organizations. This Trade Finance Guide was also created in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank), the International Factoring Association, the Association of Trade & Forfaiting in the Americas, and BAFT-IFSA, the association for organizations actively engaged in international transaction banking. (BAFT-IFSA was formed by the merger of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) and the International Financial Services Association (IFSA)).
How to Obtain the Trade Finance Guide?
The Trade Finance Guide is available online HERE
Trade Finance Guide in Spanish
Where to Learn More about Trade Finance
For more advanced trade finance training, FCIB offers the 13-week International Credit and Risk Management online course, which was developed with a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2001.
Press Release: FCIB Global and U.S. Commercial Service Sign Strategic Partnership
May 2, 2013— FCIB and the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration May 1, 2013 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase awareness in the U.S. business community, particularly among small and medium-sized businesses, about exporting and the tools and resources our organizations provide to help them succeed.
"We're pleased to welcome FCIB as a partner in our efforts to strengthen the U.S. economy and support local jobs through expanding U.S. exports," said Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez. "With more than 95 percent of potential customers living outside U.S. borders, it's imperative that American companies of all sizes consider the benefits of selling their products abroad."
Under the MOU, the FCIB and U.S. Commercial Service's network of worldwide offices will work together on marketing, education programs and events leveraging both entities' expertise to help make U.S. businesses—and particularly small and medium-sized firms—more export savvy. Joint activities may include building awareness through outreach at trade shows, direct mail campaigns and online registration for resource support.
In 2010, President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) with the goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014. The partnership supports this goal by educating U.S. exporters, particularly small- and medium-sized companies, about the benefits exporting and expanding their exports to additional markets, and the public and private sector resources to assist them. FCIB joins several of the U.S. Commercial Service's Strategic Partners who have connected more than 1,500 companies to federal export assistance.
Established in 1919, FCIB is internationally recognized as the premier association of executives in Finance, Credit and International Business, providing critical export credit and collections insight, practical advice and intelligence to companies of all sizes – from Fortune 500 multinationals to medium and small private companies. With a membership of over 1,100 global credit and trade finance professionals located in 55 countries around the world, FCIB offers unique networking and educational opportunities, enhancing professional careers and improving company competitiveness and bottom line. FCIB assists international credit and trade finance professionals in leading and conducting global commercial credit operations. Through education, its powerful global-reaching network, business credit intelligence and related products, services and resources, FCIB promotes best practices and ethical credit management policies. FCIB facilitates discussions and the exchange of information at meetings, conferences, round tables, proving a forum for its members to advance their knowledge and careers. FCIB is a division and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Credit Management.
FCIB has an interest in this project because of its interest in ensuring a sustainable economic recovery which will be achieved in part through increasing U.S. exports. Participation in this project furthers FCIB's programs to encourage the economic growth of its members and other small and medium-sized enterprises.
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in more than 100 U.S. cities and in more than 70 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. Visit www.trade.gov/cs to learn more.
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International Certified Credit Executive (ICCE)
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NACM's Credit Learning Center
The NACM Credit Learning Center (CLC) is an online learning venue, created to bring 24/7 access to educational sessions for today's busy business credit professional. Click on the links below to learn more about the CLC.
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