Country Information

NZECO provides political (country) risk and commercial risk cover for Short-Term Trade Credit and Export Credit Guarantee. We have country risk classification for a wide range of countries. 

Country Search

Select a region to see country information (risk rating and cover status) for countries in that region. Or use the Country List A to Z to browse an alphabetical list of countries.

Country Premium Groups

The categorisation of countries into premium groups 0 - 7 forms the basis for calculating NZECO's premium for political risk cover. A country rated 0 represents the lowest risk category, while 7 represents very high risk.

Political risk relates to a country's lack of foreign exchange - and therefore its ability to service its external debt - as well as the risks of losses arising from war, civil war, currency inconvertibility, imports or export prohibition.

Period of Cover

OECD Consensus Arrangement

Under the OECD Consensus Arrangement (Arrangement on Guidelines for Officially Supported Export Credits) the maximum period of export credit cover for 'Category 1' (the richer) countries is 5 years with a possible extension to 8.5 years after prior notification in the OECD. The maximum term for countries in 'Category 2' is 10 years.

Ship building and aircraft purchases are covered by special rules with maximum repayment terms ranging between 5 to 12 years. The maximum period of credit for project finance is 14 years, while export credit cover for renewable energy and water projects has a maximum term of 15 years.

However, the specific period of cover offered by NZECO will be influenced by factors such as the level of credit offered to the international buyer, the assessed degree of political risk, and NZECO's National Interest criteria.

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