A new trade finance transaction was announced in September 2015.



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The Saudi Fund for Development, press release of 29 September 2015: Financing national non-oil exports amounting to SR (639) million to the Republic of Sudan:

The Saudi Fund for Development, annual report 2015, page 58:

The Saudi Export Program, Introduction:

The Saudi Fund for Development, What IS SFD?:

The Saudi Export Program, Eligible parties for SEP benefits:

Inception date: 29 Sep 2015 | Removal date: open ended

Trade finance

On 29 September 2015, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), signed a financing agreement totalling SAR 639 million (approx. 170.4 million) with the government of the Republic of Sudan and is part of fund's Saudi Export Program (SEP). The financing agreement will according to the SFD 2015 annual report finance Saudi exports of petroleum derivatives and urea fertilizers from the Saudi Arabian companies Aramco and SABIC respectively to Sudan.
The Saudi Export Program
The Saudi Export Program (SEP) is part of the Saudi Fund for Development and was established in 1999. The program promotes Saudi exports to contribute the country's GDP and minimize the economic dependence of crude oil. In promoting export of Saudi goods the SEP can support 100% of the value of the eligible export transaction depending on risk and nature of the export. In general the value of exported good/service must contain a Saudi domestic value of 25% or more as well as the transaction having a minimum value of SAR 100,000 (approx. USD 26,666). Additionally, parties benefiting from the SEP fall into one of the following: Saudi companies and establishments; foreign companies, entities or governments importing or purchasing of Saudi goods or services; or lastly local or foreign banks and financial institutions.
According to the Saudi authorities the 'SEP has made good achievements by being able to approve export funding and guarantee facilities supporting about SAR 39 Billion (equivalent to US$ 10.4) Billion worth of exports reaching to about 68 countries. Such facilities include direct funding operations amounting to SR (12.7) Billion (ed. approx. USD 3.39 billion). In addition to that, the program has opened lines of credit with several foreign banks amounting to SR (3.5) million (ed. approx. USD 0.93 million).'
The Saudi Fund for Development
The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) was established by Royal Decree No. M/48 of 1 September 1974. The Fund's main objectives are to: 'participate in financing of development projects in developing countries through granting of loans to said countries and to encourage national non-crude-oil exports by providing finance and insurance in support of such exports.


Inception date: 29 Sep 2015 | Removal date: open ended

Local sourcing

The credit for this transaction is provided by the Export Import Bank of India (EXIM) and requires that at least 75% of the contract price for goods and services associated with the project is sourced from India.