Export economy: Driving economic activity in Germany and Europe
Supporting the export economy is one of the core tasks of KfW IPEX-Bank. Whether cruise ships, cement plants, wind turbines or technologies for mobile telephony networks: We are a financing partner for German and European enterprises that want to export their products throughout the world. By offering mid-term and long-term financing solutions we contribute to preserving the competitiveness and advancing the internationalisation of German and European export companies.
Appreciated the world over: Quality “made in Germany”
Nearly half of Germany's economic output depends on exports. One in every four jobs is secured by the success of German products and services on world markets.
"As part of the KfW Group, our task is to employ our skills and experience to support industry with a view to driving economic development forward in Germany, Europe and around the world. We are committed to helping the German export economy – by conviction."
Markus Scheer, member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank
Our clients benefit from our decades of experience
We support our clients - large and medium-sized companies with a global focus - in their efforts to go international. We devise tailored financing solutions both for our clients and the purchasers of their export goods, which are then implemented even under difficult overall conditions. For decades we have mastered our core business of export and project finance like almost no other institution in our field. For almost 60 years we have built up extensive expertise in sectors that are also key industries for the German and European economy.
We combine financing expertise with industry know-how
Whether it is investments in a steel plant in India, a or a , we not only have a firm grasp of financing issues, but are also very familiar with the target markets and technical issues. Our know-how is used for the benefit of exporting companies and contributes to prosperity in Germany and Europe.
We market government-driven instruments to promote exports
As a specialist in export finance we market instruments of the Federal Government to boost exports. These include export credit guarantees, which are processed by Euler Hermes Deutschland AG on behalf of the Federal Government ("Hermes cover"). These protect export transactions against payment defaults for economic or political reasons, enabling German exporters to maintain their business relationships or move into difficult markets even during crises. As a Hermes agent we advise our clients on issues regarding foreign trade promotion and help them prepare applications for corresponding decisions by the Federal Government.
Furthermore, on behalf of KfW and the Federal Government we manage the , in which low-interest loans can be granted to foreign buyers of German export goods under certain conditions. As with export credit guarantees, the transactions supported here are those which are of particular interest to Germany.
We also offer financing for smaller export transactions
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the promotional bank KfW, we see it as our special responsibility to develop and implement export financing solutions for smaller enterprises too. Our cooperation with Northstar Europe constitutes an important part of this, which enables us to also offer , provided they come with cover from a state-run export credit insurer.
We advise the German Federal Government
Our know-how is also valued by the German Federal Government and international organisations. For example, experts of KfW IPEX-Bank are represented in the "Hermes expert panel" and the "Interministerial Committee for Export Credit Guarantees" (IMA). The IMA is the federal body that makes decisions on cover policy and assuming export credit guarantees. We also in international export financing and insurance forums, for example, in working groups of the European Council and the OECD.