By Daniel Hunter

Exporters will have greater access to Mexico as a result of a new deal, according to UK Export Finance (UKEF).

The Addendum to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UKEF and Bancomext (Mexican Trade Development Bank) is intended to promote further co-operation between the two organisations.

The agreement was signed by UKEF Business group director, Steve Dodgson and Bancomext Deputy General Director Finance Miguel Siliceo Valdespino. It follows a visit to Mexico City by senior UKEF senior officials, exploring the potential to work together on a Direct Lending basis.

Crucially, should Bancomext join UKEF’s existing panel of 20 financial organisations approved to partner the UK’s export credit agency in delivering its Direct Lending Facility, UK exporters to Mexico could benefit from a £3 billion direct source of credit for the Mexican marketplace. The £3 billion facility is designed to help overseas buyers purchase goods and services from UK exporters.

UKEF director, Steve Dodgson said: “We are delighted to seal this agreement, which will help to maximise the opportunities for UK exporters in Mexico’s markets. Our Direct Lending facility also has an important role to play. Panel members cover a wide range of overseas markets, with complementary geographical strengths that will make it easier for UK companies to arrange competitive loans throughout a worldwide network. That reach will increase UKEF’s capacity to lend to overseas buyers of UK products and services.”

During the last five years UKEF has provided over 1,500 guarantees and insurance policies with an exposure value in excess of £14bn.

UKEF supplements the financial support for exporters from the commercial sector and enables banks and other financial institutions to help more customers take advantage of international sales. Under the DLF, UKEF will provide loans to overseas buyers in order to finance the purchase of goods and services from UK exporters.