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  • xml:namespace prefix = st1 />US Ex-Im Bank has approved a new “Fast Track” application processing system that will enable small and medium-sized US exporters to obtain larger Ex-Im Bank-guaranteed working capital loans in less time. Through “Fast Track” processing, nine experienced asset-based lenders can now provide up to US$25mn per borrower in Ex-Im Bank-guaranteed working capital loans, subject to a total aggregate limit of US$300mn per lender.

    The nine lenders are Bank of America (including Bank of America Business Credit); BankOne International Corp; The CIT Group; Comerica Bank; General Electric Capital Corp (including Heller Financial Corp); JP Morgan Chase Bank; PNC Bank (including PNC Business Credit); Silicon Valley Bank; and Wells Fargo/HSBC Trade Bank (including Wells Fargo Business Credit and Foothill Capital Corp).

    ‘Fast Track” is a new way that Ex-Im is responding to the needs of our small and medium-sized customers for more working capital. By working through some of our most experienced lenders, we are also leveraging our resources to obtain a greater benefit for US exporters,” Ex-Im Bank chairman Philip Merrill says.

    “We found that our small and medium-sized customers needed larger working capital loans to support their larger export sales. ‘Fast Track’ application processing is designed to help them obtain these larger loans on a time-sensitive basis,” says Sam Zytcer, Ex-Im Bank’s vice-president of small and medium enterprises.

    Under the “Fast Track” processing system, the lender will analyse the credit using the same standards and procedures as those applied to loans not guaranteed by Ex-Im. The lender will be required to complete a guaranteed loan facility review worksheet that will be reviewed and approved by Ex-Im Bank’s Small and Medium Enterprises Division on an expedited basis. Upon approval by Ex-Im, the lender may commit the transaction and receive Ex-Im Bank’s 90% guarantee of the working capital loan.