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As Trade Finance Gap Persists, New Players Step onto the Field
IIG Trade Finance Insights, September 2017

The gap between needed trade finance and available trade finance persists, according to the annual trade finance survey conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Although the gap closed slightly over the past year from $1.6 trillion to $1.5 trillion, the amount of the shortfall is still staggering.

As in past years, small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) are the hardest hit. These businesses, along with so-called micro-enterprises, submitted only 12% of total trade finance proposals but received 22% of the rejections. Table 1 shows the breakdown between total global proposals and rejections by region. The survey is based on responses from 515 banks from 100 countries and 1,336 firms from 103 countries.

Perhaps the most interesting finding in the survey is...

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