Global Trade Finance Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Global Trade Finance Market is a fragmented market and is segmented based on geography (Middle East, South America, Asia-Pacific, etc) and by service provider (banks, trade finance companies, insurance companies and Others) - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020-2025)

Market Snapshot

Global Trade Finance Market (2020-2025)
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Europe
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 3.5 %

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Market Overview

About 80 to 90% of world trade relies on trade finance which includes trade credit and guarantees. Exporters and importers from least-developed countries tend to pay very high fees, which increase their costs of trade while traders from developed countries benefit from low interest rates and fees provided by international banks.

Lending And Factoring done in the trade finance market is mostly short term in nature. But the coverage of trade finance is not uniform. 

Technology adoption in trade finance has brought structural changes to the way trade happens globally today. With the use of open APIs, what were traditionally closed systems are now bringing in other capabilities to extend their offerings. 

2019 has seen a mix of instability in the macroeconomic and geopolitical landscape. US-China Trade War and Brexit have taken their toll on the market. An estimated 420 billion USD loss in exporter revenues. In 2020, the pandemic has created an ever-lasting impact on the way business is conduct across the globe. 

Scope of the Report

An understanding of the trade finance and their business models, along with detailed market segmentation, product types, current market trends, changes in market dynamics, and growth opportunities. In-depth analysis of the market size and forecast for the various segments.

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Key Market Trends

Technology Adoption - DLT significance in Trade Finance

Technology adoption is key for any market success and the trade finance market is no exception to this. The global trade finance gap currently stands at $1.5 trillion, or 10% of merchandise trade volume, and is set to grow to $2.4 trillion by 2025, the Asian Development Bank calculates. But this gap could be reduced by $1 trillion if DLT is used more broadly. The process of checking documentation against the defined trade rules can now happen in a matter of minutes using services that combine Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Machine Learning (ML), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). This saves a lot of time. Major banks and trade tech companies have formed consortiums to develop and adopt DLT into the trade finance structure.


Market Restraint: Non-Uniform Access of Trade Finance Across Regions

A lack of trade finance to developing countries is a clear non-tariff barrier. SMEs play a crucial role in trade financing with 20% of US exports and 40% of EU exports, yet the face greatest challenges in accessing affordable trade financing. Globally over half of trade finance requests by SMEs are rejected while only 7% get rejected for MNCs.


Competitive Landscape

The report includes an overview of the competition in the trade finance market along with a brief on merger & acquisition deals that took place in recent times. It includes company profiles of not only banks but also a few trade finance companies and trade tech companies in the market space. Currently, some of the major players dominating the market are listed below.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

      1. 4.1.1 World's Top Exporters And Importers - Their Trade Finance Usage

      2. 4.1.2 Importance of Trade Financing Types

    2. 4.2 Tradetech - Technology Adoption By the Market

      1. 4.2.1 Bank Consortium For Adopting Block Chain And Distributed ledger Technologies (DLT)

      2. 4.2.2 Use Cases of Technology in The Trade Finance Processes (Supply Chain Finance Platforms, Asset Distribution Platforms, IT Systems, etc)

    3. 4.3 Regulatory Landscape Governing The Eco-system

      1. 4.3.1 Trends in Trade Finance regulation

      2. 4.3.2 Regulations To Deal With Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, And Sanctions

    4. 4.4 Insights on International Trade Finance Gap

    5. 4.5 Market Drivers

    6. 4.6 Market Restraints

    7. 4.7 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    8. 4.8 Porters 5 Force Analysis

      1. 4.8.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.8.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.8.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.8.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.8.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    9. 4.9 Impact of Covid-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Geography

      1. 5.1.1 North America

        1. US

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of NA

      2. 5.1.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. UK

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of NA

      3. 5.1.3 Asia Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of AP

      4. 5.1.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

      5. 5.1.5 Middle East

        1. UAE

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest

    2. 5.2 By Service Provider

      1. 5.2.1 Banks

      2. 5.2.2 Trade Finance Companies

      3. 5.2.3 Insurance Companies

      4. 5.2.4 Others


    1. 6.1 Market Competition Overview (Market Concentration And M&A Deals)

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Citi group Inc

      2. 6.2.2 Santander Bank

      3. 6.2.3 Scotiabank

      4. 6.2.4 Commerzbank

      5. 6.2.5 Nordea Group

      6. 6.2.6 Unicredit

      7. 6.2.7 Standard Chartered Bank

      8. 6.2.8 Arab Bank

      9. 6.2.9 Societe Generale

      10. 6.2.10 Rand Merchant Bank

      11. 6.2.11 Rabobank

      12. 6.2.12 China Construction Bank

      13. 6.2.13 BNP Paribas*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Trade Finance Market | Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020-2025) market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Global Trade Finance Market | Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020-2025) is growing at a CAGR of 3.5% over the next 5 years.

Europe is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Santander Bank, ScotiaBank, Commerzbank, Nordea Group, Standard Chartered Bank are the major companies operating in Global Trade Finance Market | Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020-2025) .

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