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How much does an Export Credit Guarantee cost?

You would like to find out, how much cover for your transaction is likely to cost? We will be pleased to assist you with important information and a guide; please do not hesitate to contact us.

The costs of cover for your export transaction comprise fees and premiums.


The fees are charged for the costs associated with the processing of an application and normally depend on the volume of the transaction to be covered, i.e. the contract value and/or the loan amount. Among other things, they include, for example, the application fee, which will be charged once if you make an application.



As matter of principle, premiums are risk-based and account for the major part of the costs. When the premium is calculated, the horizon of risk, the country and the buyer risk but also your share in the risk (uninsured percentage) and any collateral that may exist are taken into account. Consequently, lower risks result in lower costs than high risks.


Horizon of risk

The horizon of risk is the period of time during which the Federal Government carries a risk. It depends on the type of cover, the repayment term and the terms of payment.


Country risk

The country risk is assessed for each country once a year on OECD level. Using a macro-economic model the states are classified in one of eight risk categories. These country risk classifications are binding on all OECD member states. Under this system countries in Risk Category 1 involve a low risk and countries with a particularly high risk are classified in Risk Category 7. The calculation for countries that are not classified is based on a market test. For this, an up-to-date calculation tool (Prevailing Calculator for Market Benchmark MPR) as well as guidance is available on the OECD website. You can find the currently applicable country risk categories on the pages with the country cover policy.

Buyer risk (counterparty risk)

The buyer risk indicates the probability of a payment default. On the basis of various parameters and documents the buyer’s creditworthiness is assessed. As a result, the buyer is classified within a scale of categories. If the buyer concerned is a public buyer/debtor/guarantor, he will be classified in the buyer risk category SOV (ministry of finance, central bank) or SOV- (other state organisations). Private buyers are classified in the buyer risk categories CC0 to CC5. Here, the company-specific risks as well as the risks resulting from the structure of the export transaction (e.g. collateral) are taken into account.



Collateral security, such as e.g. liens, is another important aspect in the risk assessment. The provision of collateral security may result in a reduction of the premium amount payable.


Uninsured percentage of the risk

With every type of cover you, as policyholder, retain a small portion of the risk for your own account (uninsured percentage). In this context the Federal Government stipulates that you are not allowed to insure this remaining risk elsewhere. The uninsured percentage – a difference is made here between political risks and commercial risks – usually ranges from 5% to 15% depending on the type of cover. In some cases you can apply for a lower uninsured percentage in connection with commercial risks. In such a case a mark-up on the premium will be charged.

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More detailed information

The rates for fees and premiums can be found in the brochure “Fees and premium rates” (PDF).

In the series Hermes Cover Special a brochure (PDF) with more detailed information on the calculation of the premiums has been published. Additional information can also be found at the FAQs.

Besides, a tool for the premium calculation (xlsx, German version only) is available for download. It enables you to determine the premium rate based on country and buyer risk categories and the horizon of risk. In addition, it is possible to take separate premium discounts for the provision of collateral security into account.