Dutch Good Growth Fund

If your export transaction does not qualify for the facilities offered by our regular export credit insurance programme, it may be eligible for those available under the Dutch Good Growth Fund.

 

 

Bert Bruning

For Dutch entrepreneurs who want to export capital goods to developing countries, it is sometimes difficult to insure a transaction through the regular export credit insurance. Especially when it comes to relatively small buyers. This is because it can be a challenge to attract private finance.

That is why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has started to offer international financing aimed at developing countries through the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF). For DGGF, the combination of aid and trade is central. On the one hand, the fund focuses on Dutch exports and investments (primarily of SMEs) to developing countries. On the other hand, the fund focuses on local activities in the developing countries themselves. There are currently more than 70 countries where projects are eligible for financing through the DGGF.

An important element for this international funding is the development relevance of the individual projects. Here one can think of the creation of employment in the country of the debtor, knowledge transfer or increase in productivity, but other positive effects such as environment, public health or food safety can also play a role in the assessment of the project. The fund is additional to the market and is therefore particularly applicable to a higher risk segment where private funding is not possible.

How does it work and how can I apply?

The Dutch Good Growth Fund covers payment risks up to EUR 30 million. Guarantees can also be covered against the risk that your buyer wrongfully calls them in. Our cover is also available for banks that finance or pre-finance your exports. This allows you to offer your buyer longer payment terms, so that it can pay in instalments over several years. At the same time, you free up credit with your bank.

Under certain conditions, the fund can also provide financing of up to €5 million to your buyer. The conclusion of such a financing contract is based on a supplier credit and goes together with an export credit insurance policy. Atradius can factor in bills of exchange after the goods have been delivered on the spot. You can find out exactly how this works in the 'advance payments' flyer below. It is also possible for Atradius to provide working capital.

This is subject to a number of additional conditions in addition to our standard conditions. Upon acceptance you will receive the same insurance documentation as under our regular Export Credit Insurance. You are therefore insured by the Dutch State. The premium is calculated in the same way as for regular export credit insurance.

What are the conditons?

If your export transaction for capital goods does not fit under our regular Export Credit Insurance, you can still make use of Atradius' export credit insurance and export financing options. In this case, a number of additional conditions must be met, in addition to our regular conditions:

  • it concerns a transaction of capital goods or contracting on a country that is on the DGGF country list. You can find this list here (link to the list on the DGGF site);
  • it must be a development-relevant transaction. Our assessment of development relevance focuses, among other things, on increasing production power, creating jobs and transferring knowledge, skills and technology in your buyer's country;
  • the fund is primarily intended for Dutch SMEs, or for larger companies if they can demonstrate that the transaction will have a positive effect on Dutch SMEs;
  • the risks of the transaction are acceptable and do not exceed EUR 30 million.

Technical Assistance

Through the DGGF it is also possible to make use of so-called Technical Assistance. Technical Assistance provides support prior to your transaction. This might include support for the exporter when applying to supply the necessary information, or support for the buyer when this contributes to increasing the development relevance or improving CSR aspects of the transaction.

Anti-bribery declaration

The Dutch state has ambitions with regards to ‘clean’ trade. It is therefore important that we want to make certain that transactions with eca cover are free of bribery. We will ask you to sign an anti-bribery declaration at the moment that we are going to issue a policy to you. Under the downloads you can read an example of such a declaration.  

Do you have any questions or need advice?

Please call 020 553 26 93 to get in touch with an Atradius Dutch State Business advisor or send an e-mail to info.dsb@atradius.com.

 

 

Disclaimer

The statements made herein are provided solely for general informational purposes and should not be relied upon for any purpose. Please refer to the actual policy or the relevant product or services agreement for the governing terms. Nothing herein should be construed to create any right, obligation, advice or responsibility on the part of Atradius, including any obligation to conduct due diligence of buyers or on your behalf. If Atradius does conduct due diligence on any buyer it is for its own underwriting purposes and not for the benefit of the insured or any other person. Additionally, in no event shall Atradius and its related, affiliated and subsidiary companies be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use of the statements made information herein.