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Ex-Im Bank Finances U.S. Exports To Help Rebuild Chile's Infrastructure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2010

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Marianna Ohe and Karla Arguello, (202) 565- 3200

Washington, DC - The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27 left the country's telecommunications and transportation infrastructure severely damaged. The Export Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) remains committed to providing financial support for U.S. exports to Chile to aid in the rebuilding process.

Within the last two months, Ex-Im Bank has approved five medium-term insurance policies through PNC Bank for buyers in Chile, all of which focus on infrastructure development.

Ex-Im Bank is committed to providing financing products that help U.S. companies export equipment to Chile. These exports will help reconstruct Chilean infrastructure said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. From telecommunications to construction equipment, we are assisting Chile as it rebuilds vital public systems.

Motorola Inc., Plantation, Fla., is using its $1.3 million Ex-Im Bank insurance policy to export new and used telecommunications equipment to Gallyas S.A. in Chile. A $605,591 Ex-Im Bank policy will support Portland, Ore. exporter Daimler Trucks North America LLC's export of road building equipment to Empresa Constructora de Obras Viales, Ltda., Chile (Ecovial). Navistar of Warrenville, Ill., will use its $1.7 million Ex-Im Bank policy to export trucks to Maquinarias y Equipos Santa Marta, S.A., Chile, a large provider of transportation services.

Ex-Im Bank also approved a $1.7 million policy to support the export by Deere, Moline, Ill. and Mack Trucks, Allentown, Penn., of dump trucks, loaders and motor graders to Constructora Excon S.A., Chile (Excon), a provider of earthmoving and excavating services. Deere and Mack Trucks also are using a $4.3 million policy to support the export of construction equipment, principally loaders and motor graders, to Empresa Constructora Agua Santa S.A.

We want to provide more of this type of financial support, Hochberg said.

Ex-Im Bank is the official export-credit agency of the United States. The independent, self-sustaining federal government agency helps to create and maintain U.S. jobs by financing the sales of U.S. exports, primarily to emerging markets throughout the world, providing loan guarantees, export-credit insurance and direct loans.

In fiscal year 2009, overall Ex-Im Bank financing totaled a record $21 billion. In the first seven months of fiscal year 2010 (through April 2010), Ex-Im Bank authorized $14.7 billion in loans, guarantees and insurance. Ex-Im Bank's exposure in Chile totals approximately $1.25 billion. For more information, see Ex-Im Bank's Web site at www.exim.gov.