In June 2013, the government of Saudi Arabia announced a change in its trade finance instruments.



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The Saudi Fund for Development, press release of 14 July 2013: SFD Signs lines of financing Agreements of National None- Oil Exports to the Republic of Turkey at a total amount that exceeds SAR (262) Million:

The Saudi Export Program, Introduction:

The Saudi Fund for Development, What IS SFD?:

The Saudi Export Program, Eligible parties for SEP benefits:

Inception date: 19 Jun 2013 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Trade finance

On 19 June 2013, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), signed three financing agreements totalling USD 70 million with three Turkish bank respectively Ziraat Bank , Arab Turk Bank, and Fibabank A. S. The credit line is funded through SFD's Saudi Export Program (SEP) and will finance Saudi Arabian exports of various goods and services. A similar financing agreement totalling USD 30 million was signed with Arab Turk Bank in 2014, see related measure.
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.
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.

The GTA includes state guarantees and other financial incentives that are likely to affect the restructuring and performance of firms facing international competition, whether from imports, in export markets, and from foreign subsidiaries.




Inception date: 19 Jun 2013 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Local sourcing

According to the terms of the SFD, the goods and services exported within this transaction must contain a Saudi domestic value of 25% or more.