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EXIM Chairman Underscores Trade Finance Tools For US Agricultural Exporters In Teleconference

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By Emmanuel Oluebube, Correspondent UK

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed  delivered prerecorded opening remarks to nearly 250 registrants on a “Trade Finance Tools for US exporters” teleconference, hosted by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and EXIM.

USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney also gave opening remarks on the teleconference. Following Chairman Reed’s remarks, participants heard from a panel including:

  • Maria Dorsett, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, USDA
  • Aerek Stephens, Export Finance Manager, EXIM

Chairman Reed underscored how USDA and EXIM’s complementary trade finance solutions can help mitigate exporter’s risk in today’s business climate and facilitate agricultural sales in new and existing markets. She also highlighted EXIM’s products and resources available to exporters, outlining how EXIM’s COVID-19 relief measures can support economic growth, US jobs, and the reopening of America.

Chairman Reed also discussed EXIM’s new Programme on China and Transformational Exports, which was established by the US Congress as part of the agency’s recent historic seven-year reauthorization. The programme’s purpose is to neutralize China’s official export credit and advance the comparative leadership of the United States with respect to China. It also seeks to support US innovation, employment, and technological standards, through direct exports in ten key industries, including biotechnology, wireless communication, biomedical sciences, renewable energy, and water treatment and sanitation, and related services which are directly connected to the innovations of modern agriculture.

“Given my extensive background with food and agriculture, I have made sure US agriculture is a priority for EXIM and am committed to working together with US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Under Secretary Ted McKinney, and colleagues at USDA to increase awareness about our resources to agricultural exporters. I also value knowing what is happening on the ground across our nation so that EXIM can be there to fill needed gaps. As such, two tremendous State Commissioners of Agriculture, Commissioner Gary Black of Georgia and Commissioner Doug Goehring of North Dakota, now serve on our EXIM Advisory and Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committees and provide EXIM and me with important insights,” said Chairman Reed. “America’s farmers, ranchers, and agricultural supply chain have faced stiff competition abroad and have felt the impact of both COVID-19 and China’s unfair trade practices. I am committed to supporting the growth, exports, and Ujobs within this vital American industry, supporting those who make our nation’s great food, fuel, feed, and fiber exports possible. Secretary Perdue says it best: ‘Do right and feed everyone.’”

Since fiscal year (FY) 2015, EXIM has supported approximately US$3.5 billion in agriculture exports through short-term insurance, and in FY2019, 80 per cent of the agricultural exports EXIM supported were associated with small businesses.

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