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HDFC ERGO launches trade credit insurance policy securing trade receivables

Updated: Jan 09, 2017 17:32 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 9 (ANI-NewsVoir): HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company, India's third largest non-life insurance provider in the private sector, announced the launch of its new policy for corporate, the Trade Credit Insurance Policy.

The new policy, also known as Credit Insurance Policy, safeguards suppliers against the risks of non-payment for the goods or services delivered to the buyers. Under this, the insurer covers a portfolio of buyers and pays an agreed percentage of the invoice or receivables that remain unpaid as a result of insolvency, bankruptcy or protracted default.

Liberalization and globalization has exposed the exponentially growing Indian businesses to various risks, many of which are beyond suppliers' control. The failure of the buyer to pay for the goods or services purchased is the greatest risk that may threaten the survival of a supplier.

This reality has brought to focus the importance of Credit Insurance as a risk mitigation tool to protect interests of businesses against the risk of client defaults.

"With the advent of globalization, trading opportunities have grown manifold which in turn has made managing receivables even more complex. No industry or company is immune from trade credit risk and the failure of a buyer to pay for the goods or services purchased can have a catastrophic impact on the viability of a supplier. Trade Credit Insurance will provide a safety net for supplier to do business with peace of mind. The policy acts as a risk mitigation tool, playing a pivotal role in the trading cycle of a company by protecting its profit, cash flows, sales growth, the balance sheet and a company's customer base," said Executive Director HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company, Anuj Tyagi.

The Trade Credit Insurance Policy covers the business of the insured against the commercial risks of their buyer's default. Under the policy, the insurer covers a portfolio of buyers and pays an agreed percentage of an invoice or receivable that remains unpaid. The causes of loss covered under this policy are:

Insolvency: The insured business entity can protect its business against the risk of non-payment if a buyer becomes insolvent.

Prot racted Default: When buyer fails to pay the receivable within a pre-defined period calculated from the due date of payment of the receivable.

HDFC ERGO's Trade Credit Insurance Policy will be available for all Indian companies big and small, manufacturers as well as service providers and from SMEs to multinationals to cover them against trade credit risk that they face in the course of their business.

With this new policy, HDFC ERGO is playing a proactive role in helping customers trade more securely and helping businesses taking prudent risk management decisions about who to trade with.

For more information on the policy and the full range of HDFC ERGO Insurance products, please contact your local broker or HDFC ERGO representative. Also, for further details on risk factors, exclusions, terms and conditions, please read the sales brochure before concluding the sale. (ANI-NewsVoir)