Earlier this week, I shared with my colleagues at EXIM the results of our 2016 export credit insurance customer survey. This is the third consecutive year that our largest customer segment has been asked to share their feedback with us.
We appreciate knowing, through our customers’ eyes, how we are doing on our agency’s strategic goal to improve the ease of doing business. But what strikes me as most compelling is the story that has emerged over the past three survey years about our customers’ business outcomes and what they have achieved, in part, with EXIM’s help. These customers are busy U.S. exporters—primarily small businesses—who need the peace of mind export credit insurance brings as they sell more goods overseas.
Starting on page 10 of the summary report, you will see, through their own ratings and qualitative remarks, the extent to which customers believe they have been able to leverage EXIM’s help to:
- Expand export opportunities
- Get a competitive advantage by offering payment terms to foreign buyers
- Make a positive impact on employment within their respective businesses
To use an old phrase, “at the end of the day,” this is EXIM Bank’s mission. And through this survey, our customers have shared a very positive description, in the context of their own business outcomes, as to how we are meeting our mission.
Last year’s survey report described how EXIM Bank has responded to customer feedback in the past. We will continue to incorporate customer views into our work—not just within our export credit insurance offerings, but also in our working capital guarantee and medium-term insurance and loan guarantee product lines, which are also used by many U.S. small business exporters. We know that we have work to do to improve our processes and the surrounding communication, as some of the survey scores show.
To the hundreds of U.S. small business exporters who took the time to answer our survey, we thank you for your time and feedback. And to the cadre of approved insurance brokers who help us work with our end-user customers, we thank you for helping us reach those U.S. exporters. We are committed to listening and will continue working on ways to improve customers’ experiences with EXIM Bank.
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