The Berne Union is the leading international association of export credit and investment insurers.
The BU represents 83 members from 73 countries, including government-backed export credit agencies, private credit and political risk insurers and multilateral agencies. Collectively, members provide payment risk protection for approximately 11% of annual world trade. Since the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2008, Berne Union members have paid out claims of approximately USD 35 billion to banks exporters and investors.
The Berne Union’s mission is to actively facilitate cross-border trade by supporting international acceptance of sound principles in export credit and foreign investment. This is achieved by providing a forum for professional exchange, sharing of expertise and networking amongst members, as well as through engagement in collaborative projects with external stakeholders from across the wider trade finance industry, including banks and financiers, regulators and policy setters, traders, academics and other associations.