Trade Finance Guide

alabama trade finance guide 2022Trade Finance Guide 2022: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters has been written to help U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), learn the fundamentals of trade finance to turn their export opportunities into actual sales and to achieve the ultimate goal: to get paid for their export sales. Fourteen concise chapters offer the basics of numerous financing techniques, from open accounts, to forfaiting, to government assisted foreign buyer financing.

Small Business Loans

If you would like guidance regarding an SBA loan program, please contact one of our loan specialists. Discover how an SBA loan can help companies succeed.
  • SBA International Trade Loan Program for Alabama
  • SBA Export Working Capital Program (EWCP) – Alabama
  • SBA 7a & SBA 504 Alabama


Unfortunately, grant monies are usually not available, with a few exceptions of high technology businesses (see below). For additional assistance visit the U.S. Small Business Administration or Catalog of Domestic Assistance website.  To find an alphabetical listing of federal personal assistance visit website’s Government Benefits, Grants, and Financial Aid page.   To determine if you are eligible for a grant from, please review this eligibility tutorial.

  • Contact AITC to learn more about SBIR – Small Business Innovation Research and STTR – Small Business Technology Transfer opportunities in Alabama

Other Finance Tools

  • Contact AITC to receive a copy of our helpful guides:
  • Getting Paid
  • Pricing, Quotes, and Terms
  • Letters of Credit – Typical Fees
  • Documentary Collections
  • Export Credit Insurance
  • Forfaiting Overview
  • Duty Drawback Program
  • Basics of Foreign Exchange
  • Ten Tips for Currency Transactions
  • Help for the Financially Troubled Business

InterAmerican Development Bank

Each year the Inter-American Development Bank funds some $6 to $8 billion in development projects in 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. These projects generate hundreds of contracts for U.S. companies to provide a wide range of goods, equipment, services, and expertise. This booklet provides an overview of the bank’s operations and offers practical guidance on how to do business with it. Additional sections offer basic information on the bank’s procurement process and contact information for Commerce Department representatives at the bank who can provide support and assistance for U.S. firms.