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When EXIM Bank provides medium- or long-term guarantee, loan, or insurance support for U.S. exports for foreign projects, it may also provide local cost support. Local costs are those project-related costs for goods and services incurred in the buyer's country.

EXIM Bank can support up to 30% of the value of the U.S exports for locally originated and/or manufactured goods and services subject to the following availability and eligibility guidelines.

Availability

Long-Term Transactions: EXIM Bank may provide local cost support for all long-term transactions.

Medium-Term Transactions: EXIM Bank may provide local cost support if the U.S. exporter can prove either: (i) the availability of official export credit support for the local cost; or (ii) private market financing of local costs is difficult to obtain for the transaction.

EXIM Bank offers "automatic" local cost support for all environmental exports, medical exports, transportation security exports program (TSEP) and project finance transactions (including medium-term transactions).

All transactions that receive local cost support must meet the eligibility criteria defined below.

Eligibility

If EXIM Bank provides local cost support for a long-term transaction or a medium-term limited recourse project finance transaction, then the local costs must be:

  • Beneficial to the project;
  • Certified by the Borrower;
  • Detailed in the Acquisition List; and
  • Originated/manufactured in the host country. Services must be provided by a locally registered business entity.

Note: EXIM Bank will require the Borrower to certify that the local cost support was not used to cover products that could reasonably be purchased in the U.S.

If EXIM Bank provides local cost support for medium-term (non-limited recourse project finance) transactions, then the local costs must be:

  • Related to the U.S. exporter's scope of work;
  • Certified by the U.S. exporter in the Exporter's Certificate; and
  • Originated/manufactured in the host country. Services must be provided by a locally registered business entity.

Note: The decision to extend local cost support is subject to budgetary and other discretionary considerations as determined by EXIM Bank's management.

Example Of EXIM Bank Local Cost Support

A U.S. exporter has been awarded a $130 million contract to build a gas power plant in China. The U.S. exporter is responsible for providing the turbines from the U.S. while its subsidiary in China is responsible for managing the foundation work (local concrete and local labor).

The following example illustrates how EXIM Bank structures local cost financial support in conjunction with support for U.S. exports. Assumptions:

  1. The U.S. exporter's total contract is $130 million.
  2. The U.S. export value is $100 million.
  3. The eligible foreign content included in the U.S. supply contract is $20 million.
  4. The local costs related to the project are $30 million.

This long-term transaction is structured as follows:

U.S. Total Supply Contract $130,000,000
U.S. Export Value $100,000,000
Eligible Foreign Content $20,000,000
U.S. Content $80,000,000
EXIM Bank Financed Amount $80,000,000 *
Cash Payment $20,000,000
Amount of local cost eligible for EXIM Bank $30,000,000 **
Total EXIM Bank support for the transaction $110,000,000

* The total level of support for a U.S. supply contract will be the lesser of: (i) 85% of the value of all eligible U.S. and foreign goods and services in the U.S. supply contract; or (ii) 100% of the U.S. content in all eligible U.S. and foreign goods and services in the U.S. supply contract.

** EXIM Bank may support up to 30% of the U.S. export value for locally originated and/or manufactured goods and services.

page last updated  2014-Jun-04