ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance

The ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance is released every year since 2009. It provides an accurate snapshot of market trends and enables bankers, traders and government officials to gauge global trade expectations. 


The ICC Global Surveys on Trade Finance came into existence when the World Trade Organization (WTO) asked ICC to provide data for the G20 meeting of world leaders at their first economic Summit, held in 2008.

From 2009 onwards, with contributions from its partners and under the direction of the Market Intelligence Working Group, the reports have provided leaders and industry practitioners with accurate in-depth analysis of developments in trade finance to keep readers at the forefront of industry knowledge.

Impediments to trade finance 2015


The Survey help us gain an accurate snapshot of the trends evolving over time and to gauge future expectations for global trade and traditional trade finance activities, including changes attributable to the additional funding and risk mitigation activities of the development banks, export credit agencies and the World Bank. This information can then be used to formulate coordinated and targeted measures to stimulate trade finance markets and to prioritize the direction of available support via innovative communication channels and creating speedy cost-effective supply chain of vital information.

We are pleased to note that participation in ICC Surveys continues to gain wide recognition in the industry, and the Survey contents clearly remain at the forefront in providing key information on trade finance, thereby significantly bridging the information gap.

2016 Edition

The 2016 Global Survey on Trade Finance will be released in September. As it has been the case since the inception of the project, we believe that the creation of sustained value and trajectory growth from this project is far reaching not only in key international fore but to all relevant financial institutions, corporations and their clients in the business world.

2015 Edition

Entitled 'Rethinking Trade and Finance 2015 - An ICC Private Sector Development Perspective', the Report found that the growth rate of international trade has dropped once compared to the years prior to the 2008-09 financial crisis. However, there is room for optimism: the Report found that 68% of respondents reported that the availability of trade finance has increased compared to the previous years. Key to the optimism also lies in another finding from the ICC Global Survey in that South-South exports now represent 46% of global exports - representing a 17% growth since 2001.

Global trade growth itself was a shade above 3% during 2013, although picked up to an annualized growth rate of 4% during the first quarter of 2014 and is anticipated to accelerate beyond 5% through 2016. The growth in traditional trade products has not been dynamic but has remained consistent with overall trade growth.

Showcasing a sharp increase in the previous year, the final report included representatives of 482 respondent banks across 112 countries.

The report was launched on 29 September, 2015.

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Our Influence

To respond to financial crises, institutions and policy makers need to focus on improving market intelligence so that future financial decisions can be based on solid evidence. Indeed, the survey provides that intelligence.

  • It collects feedback on the timing and the calibration of reforms, helping policy makers to achieve the right balance between stability and growth. The information is used to formulate coordinated and targeted measures to stimulate trade finance markets and to prioritize the direction of available support.

  • In its comprehensiveness, the Survey includes full industry representation and coverage. The a 60% increase in the number of respondants with respect to the previous Survey confirms such a statement.

Expanding Our Reach


In the coming years, the Banking Commission will continue to respond to the growing changes and challenges of the wider corporate banking industry, specifically in the area of new regulations and market opportunities. In particular, the ICC Banking Commission is aiming at leveraging its current stature as the world's leading trade finance industry representative. This will be achieved by extending the current scope far beyond the actual rule setting activities and by being an effective provider of leading market intelligence.

The International Chamber of Commerce's Banking Commission decided to provide a timely analysis of patterns of trade finance with a vast network of partners and geographical reach. The increasing number of countries participating allows us to provide a more comprehensive view of the global position regarding trade finance activities and constraints.

The ICC Global Survey contains key metrics and analytics that will enhance the understanding of trade finance markets worldwide.

Our Partners

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • African Development Bank
  • BAFT
  • Berne Union
  • Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership which convenes the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Equant Analytics
  • essDOCS
  • EXX Africa
  • Factors Chain International
  • Global Trade Review (GTR)
  • ICC Academy
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA)
  • International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
  • Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT)
  • Trade and Export Finance (TXF)
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)

Becoming a Partner

If you or your organization is interested in becoming an official partner of the ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance, please contact:

Doina Buruiana

ICC Banking Commission


Sponsorship Opportunities


Now available for all 2016 Projects

Organizations wishing to associate themselves with the ICC Banking Commission and its global network will find a variety of offers for 2016 including: large global events, summits, publications and industry studies.

Become a Banking Commission Preferred Partner and be part of an elite group who will have preferential access to our members made up of bankers, business leaders, finance experts, lawyers and international organizations. Preferred Partners will also have the opportunity to engage audiences at our many events, as well as users of our sponsored publications throughout the year. Contact us today as the Preferred Partner plan is limited to a maximum of four companies per calendar year.

For more information contact Sandra Sanchez Nery, ICC Sponsorship coordinator -Sandra.SANCHEZNERY@iccwbo.org

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Together, let's rethink trade and finance.

ICC Global Surveys (2009 - 2015)