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.

2016 edition

The ICC Banking Commission is once again seeking your valuable input and insights in support of the ICC Global Trade Finance Survey 2016 edition.

The more robust and high-quality the data submitted by each contributor, the stronger and more valuable the resulting report will be in reflecting the state of our industry and in articulating major trends and developments shaping the future of our business.

Provide your input now via the online questionnaire: Click Here

Impediments to trade finance 2015

We strongly 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.

The ICC Global Surveys came into existence when the World Trade Organization (WTO) asked ICC to provide data for the G-20 meeting of world leaders at their first economic Summit, held in 2008.

From 2009, with contributions from its partners and under the direction of the Market Intelligence Working Group, the surveys have provided leaders with independent, accurate and in-depth analysis of trends in trade finance to keep them at the forefront of industry knowledge.

Together, let's rethink trade and finance.

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ICC Global Survey 2015 Now Available

Our 2015 Report

ICC Global Survey 201 Cover

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 last year, the final report included representatives of 482 respondent banks across 112 countries.

The report was launched on 29 September, 2015.

Press Release - Click Here

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. The surveys provide that intelligence.

  • They collect feedback on the timing and the calibration of reforms, helping policy makers to achieve the right balance between stability and growth. The information was used to formulate coordinated and targeted measures to stimulate trade finance markets and to prioritize the direction of available support.
  • In their comprehensiveness, the Surveys include full industry representation and coverage. The latest edition received responses from representatives of 482 respondent banks in 112 countries ‒ a 60% increase over the previous Survey.

Expanding Our Reach

ICC Global Survey 2015 Respondents

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 group to become the foremost corporate banking industry group by extending beyond rules setting to 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 in finance in markets worldwide and aiming for more partners and geographic reach. The increase in the number of countries participating allows us to provide a more diverse view of the global position regarding trade finance activity and constraints.

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


The Surveys 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.

Our Partners

ICC Global Survey 2015 Partners
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Bankers' Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT)
  • Berne Union
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Factors Chain International
  • Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA)
  • ICC Academy
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
  • Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT)
  • Trade and Export Finance (TXF)
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)

Become a Partner

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

Emily O'Connor

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 Luz Rodriguez, ICC Global Partnerships Manager - luz.rodriguez@iccwbo.org

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ICC Global Surveys (2009 - 2015)