Credit, Financial Insurance, and Trade Finance Tools

Need access to finance for your business?
The Trade Council can help!

To succeed in today’s global marketplace, companies must offer their customers attractive sales terms supported by the appropriate payment method to win sales against foreign competitors. As getting paid in full and on time is the primary goal for each sale, an appropriate payment method must be chosen carefully to minimize the payment risk while also accommodating the needs of the buyer.

International trade presents a further spectrum of risk, causing uncertainty over the timing of payments between the seller and buyer.

  • To sellers, any sale is a gift until payment is received.Therefore, the seller wants payment as soon as possible, preferably as soon as an order is placed or before the goods are sent to the buyer.
  • To buyers, any payment is a donation until the goods are received.Therefore, the buyer wants to receive the goods as soon as possible, but to delay payment as long as possible, preferably until after the goods are resold to generate enough income to make payment to the seller.

The International Trade Council has a range of providers capable of providing tailored solutions to businesses trading locally, nationally and/or internationally. The below firms should be able to assist with your needs.

If one of the businesses below is unable to assist, or you are unsure of your exact needs feel free to contact us.

Featured Trade Council Provider:

Meridian Finance Group

International Trade Council partner, the Meridian Finance Group, provides credit, insurance, and trade finance tools you can use to expand your company’s U.S. and international sales. The firm is able to provide:

  • Trade credit insurance
  • Cross-border equipment financing
  • Supply chain finance
  • Project finance
  • Political risk insurance
  • International leasing finance

               …. and other services

Specializing in trade credit insurance, Meridian helps companies extend competitive payment terms to their customers while protecting their accounts receivable against default risks.

Meridian’s clients include large corporations, middle-market companies, and—with no minimum size requirements—small businesses nationwide, as well as banks, asset-based lenders,investors, and other kinds of financial institutions. Meridian’s staff is multicultural and multilingual, with experience not only in trade finance and credit insurance, but also sales, risk management, operations, and international distribution.

 Meridian Finance

Contact: Gary Mendell
Meridian Finance
1247 7th Street
Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: +1 310 260 2130
Website: Click here

Other Recommended Service Provider Members



Contact: Samuel Sedegah
Tel: +233 302 774 777
No. 7NME Lane – Airport West. Accra   Ghana

GroFin provides Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) finance / business loans in South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Oman, with headquarters in Mauritius.

Royal International Development Agency

Contact: Dr George Floyd Matomola Mulomboi
Tel: +260 966 847 228
PO Box 32188. Lusaka  10101 Zambia

Providing micro-finance services to companies in Zambia.


Bibby Financial Services

Contact: Michal Gabriel
Tel: +420 543 124 734
Hlinky 118. Brno Jihomoravsky Kraj 603 00 Czech Republic

Products & services include: operational financing, non-recourse factoring, export financing, financing of road hauliers, express financing, debt collection and the monitoring and management of credit.

Paragon Bank Business Finance

Contact: Paul Coggins
Tel: +44 1959 569666
Burlington House Grange Drive Hedge End. Southampton  SO30 2AF United Kingdom

Paragon Bank Business Finance is a market leader in asset financing with extensive experience in funding businesses of all types, sizes and status, whatever their business circumstances. They also specialise in financing new start companies, MBOs and MBIs, and can provide finance for businesses that are experiencing difficulty raising finance, perhaps due to adverse credit histories, voluntary arrangements or poor trading accounts.

Middle East

AlJasriah Co. (CJSC)

Contact: Tarig Abdul Kareem Al-jasser
Tel: +966 11 496 1111
Rabwa – Exit 14. Riyadh  11652 Saudi Arabia

Corporate and consumer financial services.

North America

Avrio Capital

Contact: Jim Taylor
Tel: +1 403 215 5492
235, 600 Crowfoot Cres. NW. Calgary Alberta T3G0B4 Canada

Avrio Capital invests in innovative food and agriculture companies that provide solutions to global challenges in the areas of health, wellness and sustainability. Avrio is a hands-on investor who works alongside of its portfolio companies to provide the support and resources needed to transform emerging companies into successful globally competitive enterprises.

Daniel, Russell & Charles Co

Contact: Charles Daniel
Tel: +1 916 444 9036
980 9th Street, 16th Floor. Sacramento California 95814 United States

DRC has been dedicated to the development of small businesses and entrepreneurs across the USA for the past 20 years.DRC holds a U.S. – centric investment portfolio, and in addition to its business planning services; also provides finance for business acquisition, partner buyouts, commercial real estate purchases, franchise development, and equipment purchases

Golub Capital

Contact: Lisa Patel
Tel: +1 312 205 4523
666 Fifth Avenue, 18th Floor. New York New York 10103 United States

Golub Capital excels at finding the proper calibration to help our clients win. For more than 20 years, they’ve been at the vanguard of credit asset management, working with investors, private equity sponsors and borrowers, and we’re just getting started. Success demands continuous re-examination, evaluation and refinement. Golub Capital employs a process-driven strategy designed to deliver consistent results for their partners. Golub Capital has over $15 billion of capital under management in four complementary business lines: Middle Market Lending, Late Stage Lending, Broadly Syndicated Loans and Opportunistic Credit.

Wise Financial Group Inc

Contact: Vincent Palumbo
Tel: +1 610 437 3100 x204
1612 West Allen Street. Allentown Pennsylvania 18103 United States

A commercial loan consultant who specializes in Business Loans and Commercial Mortgages. The company is managed by professionals with strong business finance experience. Wise understands the financing needs of new business owners as well as expanding or relocating businesses. Wise Financial Group, Inc. solves complex business/commercial problems and has been dedicated to doing so for over 20 years.

Asia Pacific

Commonwealth Finance Corporation

Contact:  Rajiva Ranjan Tiwari
Tel: +852 2801 7073
11/F Wyndham Place, 40-44 Wyndham Street. Central   Hong Kong

CFCL primarily extends working capital finance to Asian based companies who are involved in import/export trading, manufacturing, wholesale and retail businesses. CFCL enjoys correspondent relationships with prime banks throughout the world and transacts business globally.

Eden Equity

Contact: Simon Hull
Tel: +61 3 9736 9850
5 Terrung Court. Croydon North Victoria 3136 Australia

Eden Equity have access to a range of commercial finance products to assist with equipment finance, business loans, debtor finance, commercial property finance or property development. The company has access to a large panel of lenders, enabling us to deliver to you an extensive range of products and services, ensuring that you have the best loan solution, specifically tailored to meet your current circumstances.

Global Funding Providers

All Capital Sources

Contact: Josephine Campbell
Tel: +1 510 583 9800
22568 Mission Blvd, Unit 430. Hayward California 94541 United States

All Capital Sources is committed to providing funding sources and underwriting consultation services for International commercial developments, purchases, and refinancing. Our team can strategically create capital from one or more institutions or private investors for your development projects for refinance or purchase.

Edelson Technology Partners

Contact: Harry Edelson
Tel: +1 201 930 9898
300 Tice Boulevard, Suite 280. Woodcliff Lake New Jersey 07677 United States

Edelson Technology Partners manages $150 million in venture capital. ETP invests mostly in the U.S., but also in Europe, Asia, and Canada.

The primary goal of the ETP Funds is to provide strategic assistance to the corporate partners through a variety of investment banking services. These services include introduction of new technologies, investments in technology companies, meetings with significant leaders in the technology industry and assistance on internal corporate investments and M&A. Numerous relationships have been established between the corporate partners and ETP companies and contacts. Importantly, the corporate partners have built significant relationships with each other leading to joint efforts and mergers.