Cocoa Beans

    Financial Institutions, Trade & Commodity Finance

    Through our short- and medium-term finance products we help ensure that international trade flows run smoothly, and that Germany and Europe are supplied with food, raw materials and commodities.

    What would happen if there were no coffee left in the supermarket tomorrow? If chocolate were sold out, and our children's favorite chocolate spread were no longer available? To make sure this does not happen, business partners need to trust one another. The exporter has to be able to rely on the fact that he will be paid for his coffee beans. And finance may also be needed to enable farmers and processors to cultivate, harvest and process the needed goods.

    Trading partners often need additional liquidity at short notice, as well as a bank that is willing to accept the risks associated with the transaction. This is why we have supplemented KfW IPEX-Bank's core product – the short- and medium-term loan – with short-term finance solutions that support our trading partners' ability to do business.

    Managing country risks

    External factors too may jeopardise the success of an international transaction. These include political change, or potential amendments to legal frameworks. We have years of experience in managing country risks, and enjoy an excellent reputation as a flexible organisation to deal with – also for other banks, which we are glad to support in this regard.

    Our segments and finance products:

    • Financial Institutions
      We arrange global business with banks and insurance companies and their subsidiaries in all sectors, usually in emerging markets: bank-to-bank loan facilities or global frameworks, i.e. framework agreements to finance projects with or without ECA cover.
    • Trade Finance
      By purchasing receivables or participating in risks arising from guarantees or export letter of credit structures we help our clients make use of standardised instruments for international trade finance.
    • Commodity Finance
      We structure loans to finance inventories of - or receivables from - listed commodities (e.g. oil, metals or agricultural products) with short maturities: export finance arrangements, prepayment of goods, tolling and warehousing, and risk participations in import letter of credit structures.

    Contact: Wolfgang Behler, Global Head of Industries and Commerce

    Portrait Wolfgang Behler

    KfW IPEX-Bank
    Palmengartenstraße 5-9
    60325 Frankfurt am Main
    Phone:+49 (0) 69 74 31-4416