Industry Reports

Our annual 'State of the Industry' report presents an overview of top-level trends in the export credit and investment insurance industry, based upon analysis of BU data.

The publication includes an overview of key trends by business line, covering risk exposure, commitments, claims and recoveries, by region, sector and obligor type.

From time to time we conduct research into the wider economic impact of trade and export credit, and the major trends affecting the industry.

2022 State of the Industry Report

2022 State of the Industry Report

4 September 2023

2022 marked a period of adjustment and adaptation 

Following subdued activity in the wake of the pandemic, 2022 was a period of strong recovery across all business lines with USD 2.9tn in new trade and investment support.

Over the past several years, the world has experienced a series of huge econo...


2021 State of the Industry Report


2021 was the year the world learned to live with covidBroadly speaking, by the end of 2021 we had learned enough, vaccinated enough, and innovated enough to resume most normal activities in some form or other.But if liquidity was the focus of the pandemic years, capital investment must be the focus of the recovery.  The report outlines how MLT...

2020 State of the Industry Report


Despite the huge disruption, uncertainty and heightened risk environment inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the export credit insurance industry fared relatively well in 2020 and overall new business increased despite a sharp contraction in economic activity, while defaults and claims have so far remained manageable. However, there are still indic...

Credit Insurance and its role in supporting global trade


Credit insurance provides a bridge between finance, trade and the real economy, acting as a catalyst for cross-border investment and economic growthThis report presents case studies and examples which illustrate the purpose, function and impact of credit insurance in delivering industrial and economic development as well as the role of the Berne Un...

How Credit Insurance Supports Trade and the Real Economy


2019 State of the Industry Report


State of the Export Credit Insurance Industry: 2019 YE • Pre-COVID benchmark and stocktake on developments in the first half of 2020• Comprehensive review of Berne Union industry data in 2019• Commitments outstanding across all product lines• Trends in new business by region, sector and provider type•&nb...

Export Credit Insurance Industry Response to COVID-19


Robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the export credit insurance industryAll sides of the market have acted swiftly in response to the crisis, introducing measures to combat the negative economic impact of the pandemic by supporting exporters and facilitating access to finance.This preliminary report outlines the significant cumulative ind...

Industry Report 2019 H1


Business trends and statistics from the export credit and investment insurance industry for the first half of 2019Data for the first half of 2019 confirms a challenging trade environment. Insurers reported a declining volume of new commitments alongside a 21% increase in claims paid, citing uncertainty fueled by increasingly negative trade policy a...