The global trade credit insurance market size was valued at USD 9.56 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.1% from 2023 to 2030. The growth of the trade credit insurance industry can be attributed to the growing expansion of trade across several locations, leading to demand for trade credit insurance to reduce the risk of non-payment from foreign buyers. Furthermore, increased uncertainty and protectionism in global trade are expected to drive demand for trade credit insurance (TCI). In addition, data provided by insurers to their insured companies about businesses they want to work with can help them identify difficulties in payments, and hence, insured companies can run their business with greater confidence.
The introduction of digital software to streamline banking and insurance services and the use of data analytics and blockchain in trade finance is expected to drive market growth. Moreover, market players are expanding trade credit solutions for digital platforms to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals. For instance, in November 2021, Atradius N.V., a trade credit insurance provider, announced an expansion of its trade insurance for digital platforms. The initiative helped the company gain a competitive advantage due to increased demand for embedded insurance from B2B marketplaces. The company offered its single transaction cover insurance (STCI) to buyers in over 130 countries.
The industry is experiencing various technological advancements, such as the launch of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based applications and Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled insurance solutions. For instance, in October 2021, LiquidX, a financial technology firm providing solutions for trade finance, working capital, and insurance, introduced InBlock Digital Policy Management for trade credit insurance. The new launch InBlock Digital Policy Management solution leverages AI, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and smart contract technology that integrate trade credit insurance policies into financial workflows and automate critical policy management and compliance processes. Hence, the integration of advanced technologies into the market is expected to drive the growth of the market over the forecast period.
Trade credit insurance is insurance intended to protect businesses from economic and political risks that could affect their financial situation. Furthermore, the benefits of trade credit insurance policy, including protection of accounts receivable from loss caused by bankruptcy, insolvency, or credit risks, such as extended default, are driving the adoption of trade credit insurance worldwide. In addition, rising strategic initiatives, such as partnerships, collaborations, and acquisitions, among market players are also expected to fuel the market’s growth. Moreover, the rise of digital technology enables insurers to offer more efficient and cost-effective services, making trade credit insurance more accessible and affordable to businesses.
Trade credit insurance can be costly and complex to manage, which might hinder the growth of the market. Furthermore, a lack of awareness among businesses about trade credit insurance policies also might hinder market growth. In addition, conflict and differences in trade regulations across different jurisdictions can be considered as one of the major factors restraining the market’s growth. However, uncertainty in the market and increasing non-payment frauds worldwide are anticipated to propel the market’s growth over the forecast period.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected global industry. It has significantly altered global trade dynamics. In 2020, governments were forced to seal international borders and temporarily close markets, industries, and other public places due to the pandemic. The closure of manufacturing plants resulted in a loss of revenue and businesses. This financially impacted business and led to the bankruptcy of many leading companies. Supply chain disruption negatively impacted sales and trades in the global market, which led to a notable drop in demand and sales of trade credit insurance in 2020. However, facing such high tides of ambiguity, many businesses turned to trade credit insurance to safeguard their trading risks and continue doing business with assurance.
Trade credit insurance can help a company improve its financial standing by allowing it to use insured accounts receivable as collateral. It can also support securitizations, acquisition of receivables, and supplier credit/payables programs. Trade credit insurance can improve credit risk management by using credit data, debt collection services, and risk monitoring offered by insurers. The use of credit limitations underwritten by insurers assists an insured in monitoring its debtor risk. This allows the business to concentrate on creditworthy clients, applicable payment terms, and security requirements, which can help it better manage its sales policy. Payments for trade credit insurance claims reduce cash flow volatility.
Governments across the globe are taking initiatives to support the growth of businesses. For instance, the U.K. government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced the 2021 trade credit reinsurance scheme. The objective of the 2021 scheme was to support U.K. businesses and foster economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic by providing targeted support through trade credit insurers. Technology has significantly impacted the trade credit industry, enabling greater efficiency, accuracy, and transparency.
The large enterprises segment accounted for a maximum revenue share of more than 60.0% in 2022 and is expected to retain its dominance over the forecast period. Growth can be attributed to the increasing demand for trade credit insurance policies by large enterprises to reduce the risks of non-payments. Furthermore, market players such as Allianz Trade are involved in offering trade credit insurance specifically designed for large enterprises to protect their cash flow and receivables. Additionally, large enterprises trade in large volumes of sales over long payment terms, where the risk of non-payment can be significant. Hence, large enterprises are adopting trade credit insurance policies worldwide.
The small & medium enterprises segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. This can be attributed to small & medium enterprises (SMEs) in the trade credit sector experiencing cash-flow difficulties as many of their sales are tied up in credit to buyers. Therefore, small & medium enterprises receive support from TCI as trade finance concentrates more on trade itself rather than the underlying borrower. Moreover, governments worldwide are trying to support SMEs by introducing different schemes. For instance, in July 2022, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC), an export credit provider, unveiled a new scheme to insure up to 90% of credit risk in export finance, assisting small & medium-sized exporters by empowering banks & financial institutions to provide more credit for export in the face of global economic volatility.
The whole turnover coverage segment dominated the industry in 2022 and accounted for the largest share of more than 62.0% of overall revenue. Whole turnover policy coverage provides cover against the risk of non-payment. Usually, businesses purchase a whole turnover policy to support their credit control management and get coverage against their total debtor book. Furthermore, a high share of this segment can be credited to whole turnover coverage being less expensive and safeguarding insurers from initial high-probability credit losses. Moreover, the insured can significantly reduce coverage costs by raising deductibles, depending on its risk retention capabilities.
The single buyer coverage segment, on the other hand, is anticipated to register a significant growth rate over the forecast period. The growth of this segment can be attributed to the credit limit offered that enables underwriters to cover all financial transactions with customers. This policy provides highly tailored protection against a single buyer failing to pay for goods or services provided. Companies involved in dealing with new customers commonly opt for single-buyer insurance to avoid a customer’s payment issues.
The international application segment dominated the market in 2022 and accounted for a maximum share of over 66.0% of overall revenue. This growth of the segment is attributed to advantages, such as significantly reducing payment risks associated with performing business at the international level by providing exporter conditional assurance of making payment if foreign buyer is not able to pay. Furthermore, the rising launch of trade credit insurance policies for exporters is further anticipated to drive the segment’s growth. For instance, in July 2022, the Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC) introduced a scheme of insuring 90% of credit risk in export finance for small exporters.
The domestic application segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. The growth of this segment can be attributed to the rise in the adoption of trade credit insurance within domestic sales. The rise in the adoption of trade credit insurance in the domestic market can be attributed to businesses focusing on avoiding bad debts and improving their cash flow. Furthermore, trade credit insurance offers companies the protection they require as their customer base consolidates, creating larger receivables from minimal customers and protecting them from great risk.
Food & beverage was the single individual segment that dominated the market in 2022, accounting for the largest share of over 19.0% of the overall revenue. Segment growth can be attributed to increasing demand for trade credit insurance across the food & beverage industry. Low margins, changing consumer expectations such as high-quality ingredients, and volatile agricultural commodity pricing have created a need for protection of cash flows driving trade credit insurances across the food & beverage industry. Furthermore, trade credit insurance allows food & beverage companies to mitigate credit risk and enhance competitiveness by offering extended payment terms, thereby driving the segment’s growth.
The automotive segment is anticipated to register the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. The growth of this segment can be attributed to the automotive sector being a major industry facing uncertainties due to rapid technological advancements, changing consumer tastes, government regulations, and relative pricing. Furthermore, trade credit insurance can be particularly important in the automotive industry, given the high value of transactions and the potential risks associated with supplying goods to a wide range of customers. Growing awareness regarding the benefits of trade credit insurance among businesses in the automotive industry is also driving the segment’s growth.
Europe accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 32.0% in 2022 and is anticipated to retain its position over the forecast period. The presence of major market vendors and the high adoption of advanced technologies in the region are key factors driving the region’s growth. Moreover, governments have launched different schemes to support companies by promoting TCI. For instance, in June 2020, the U.K. government formed a reinsurance scheme of USD 12.5 billion to assist businesses during the pandemic by assuring trade credit insurers insure financial transactions. The scheme will cover 90% of business-to-business TCI transactions for companies in the U.K.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. Growth of the region can be attributed to rising demand for TCI due to an increase in imports and exports in different sectors. With potential growth in different sectors, there have been increasing investments from Asia Pacific countries, such as Japan, India, and China. For instance, in 2021, China implemented several policies to boost foreign trade growth, including boosting the development of new business forms and modes, deepening reform to promote cross-border trade, and improving the business environment at ports.
The market has a fragmented competitive landscape as it features various global and regional players. Leading industry players are adopting strategies, such as partnerships, collaborations, acquisitions & mergers, and agreements, to survive a highly competitive environment and expand their business footprints. For instance, in April 2023, Allianz Trade, a trade credit insurance provider, entered the thriving B2B e-commerce arena in Asia Pacific through its partnership with Bueno.money, a B2B BNPL provider based in Singapore. Bueno.money can provide deferred payment solutions to online merchants in real-time while safeguarding credit risks with the help of Allianz Trade's innovative credit solution, E-commerce Credit Insurance.
Moreover, in May 2022, global risk intelligence and credit data experts Creditsafe Nederland BV announced the acquisition of Graydon, a subsidiary of Atradius N.V. Graydon is a prominent B2B information service in Belgium and the Netherlands. Creditsafe is expected to combine its expertise and international coverage with Graydon’s value-added analytical services and market knowledge to help its clients. Some of the prominent players operating in the global trade credit insurance market include:
American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
QBE Insurance Group Limited
Great American Insurance Company
Market size value in 2023
USD 10.58 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 22.13 billion
CAGR of 11.1% from 2023 to 2030
Base year of estimation
2017 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company market share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Enterprise size, coverage, application, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA
U.S.; Canada; Germany; U.K.; France; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Australia; Brazil; Mexico; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA); UAE; South Africa
Key companies profiled
Allianz Trade; Atradius N.V; Coface; American International Group Inc, (AIG); Zurich; Chubb; QBE Insurance Group Limited; Great American Insurance Company; AON PLC; Credendo
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The report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global trade credit insurance market based on enterprise size, coverage, application, end-use, and region.
Enterprise Size Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Small & Medium Enterprises
Coverage Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Whole Turnover Coverage
Single Buyer Coverage
Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Food & Beverage
IT & Telecom
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
b. The global trade credit insurance market size was estimated at USD 9.56 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 10.58 billion in 2023.
b. The trade credit insurance market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.1% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 22.13 billion by 2030.
b. Europe dominated the trade credit insurance market with a revenue share of 32.2% in 2022 on account of several factors, such as the presence of major market vendors like Chubb, Zurich, Allianz Trade, Coface, Atradius N.V., and more and the high adoption of advanced technologies and government schemes in the region to support companies by promoting trade credit insurance are the key factors driving the market growth in the region.
b. Some of the key players operating in the trade credit insurance market include Allianz Trade, Atradius N.V., Coface, American International Group, Inc., Zurich, Chubb, QBE Insurance Group Limited, Great American Insurance Company (FCIA), AON plc, and Credendo.
b. The demand for trade credit insurance has been gaining momentum as the pandemic has increased uncertainties in global businesses. In addition, the temporary shutdown of production units has led to increased business losses, due to which defaults in payment have risen tremendously, which is expected to drive market growth in the coming years.
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