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USDA ANNOUNCES GSM-102 CREDIT GUARANTEES FOR EXPORT SALES TO SOUTH AMERICA REGION

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced availability of the following credit guarantees for sales of U.S. agricultural commodities under the Commodity Credit Corporation's Export Credit Guarantee Program (GSM-102) for fiscal year 2010.

Total Amount Available: $100 million

Geographical Area: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela

The GSM-102 program helps ensure that credit is available to finance commercial exports of U.S. agricultural products to developing countries, while providing competitive credit terms in these countries. Under this program, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) reduces the financial risk to lenders by guaranteeing payments due from approved foreign banks to exporters or financial institutions in the United States.

This program announcement is issued in accordance with title 7, section 1493.10(d), of the Code of Federal Regulations.

COMMODITY ALLOCATIONS

Commodity

Allocated Coverage

All Commodities

$75 million

All Commodities EXCEPT the following: cotton; feed grains; meat and meat products (beef, poultry and pork); oilseeds; protein meals; rice; vegetable oils; wheat

$25 million

Total Allocated

$100 million

Coverage is available, subject to the exceptions noted in the table above, to cover sales of any of the commodities specified in the GSM list of commodities. The latest commodity list can be obtained by accessing the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Web page at http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/gsmcommodities.html.

CCC will initially consider applications under this announcement received between 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Nov. 20, 2009. All applications received by CCC within these times will be considered as having been received at the same time. Therefore, exporters should submit only one copy of each application. If the total dollar amount of the applications received within the time frame specified above exceeds the total dollar amount of the announcement, CCC will determine the distribution of the announced allocation. Applications received after the ending date and time specified in this announcement will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Exporters are reminded that a firm sale must exist between the buyer and seller prior to submission of an application for a guarantee. Exporters must limit the maximum total guarantee value of all submitted applications to the total amount of coverage available under this announcement.

All applications submitted must be accompanied by the full guarantee fee. Fees may be submitted with the application or submitted separately by check or wire transfer, but all application fees must be received by CCC by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the same day that the application is received by CCC. Each fee payment should note the applicant name, the sale number, the country/region name, and the amount of fee to be allocated to each application (if one payment is submitted to cover multiple applications). CCC will not consider any applications where the fee is not submitted within this time frame.

TERMS OF COVERAGE

In accordance with 7 CFR 1493.20(v)(1), this announcement offers coverage on a free-alongside-ship or free-on-board basis. If commodities are sold on a cost-and-freight or cost-insurance-and-freight basis, coverage on a cost-and-freight basis to point of ocean transportation or international air carrier discharge is also available in accordance with 7 CFR 1493.20(v)(2). Coverage is not available under this announcement for insurance costs.

Coverage of up to 98 percent of the principal is offered on credit terms based on the obligor country risk category as specified in the table below. A complete list of countries and their associated risk category is available on the CCC "Country Risk Category" Web page located at http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/countryrisk.html. Credit terms for solid wood products, wood pulp, and wood chips are limited to the lesser of 720 days or the maximum tenor as determined by the table below. Adjustable interest coverage is also offered in accordance with FAS program announcement PR 0138-08 issued Sept. 4, 2008, or as superseded.

Obligor (Foreign Bank) Country Risk Category

Allowable Tenor

0, 1, 2, or 3 30 days up to 2.5 years (30 months)
4 30 days up to 2 years
5 30 days up to 1.5 years (18 months)
6 30 days up to 1 year

ELIGIBLE BANKS IN SOUTH AMERICA REGION

Any bank approved by CCC for this region is eligible. For a complete list of eligible banks, refer to the CCC "GSM Program Foreign Bank Obligors" Web page located at http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/foreignbanks.html. Exporters are advised to obtain from their foreign buyer the name of the CCC-approved foreign bank that will be opening the letter of credit.

GUARANTEE FEE RATES

Pursuant to 7 CFR 1493.70, for a complete list of fees refer to the CCC "GSM-102 Guarantee Fee Rate Schedule" Web page at http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/gsm102fees.html. These fees are listed by risk category. A complete list of countries and their associated risk category is available on the CCC "Country Risk Category" Web page located at http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/countryrisk.html.

SPECIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Sales must be registered with CCC by Sept. 30, 2010. Exporters' contractual arrangements must call for exports within 90 days of the date of registration or by Nov. 30, 2010, whichever date is earliest. Extensions to the export date will only be permitted on a case by case basis and must be applied for in writing. Under current market conditions, however, CCC does not anticipate granting any extensions unless the exporter can demonstrate that circumstances beyond the exporter’s control precluded export by the final date to export on the guarantee.

POINTS OF CONTACT

For further information, contact the Registrations and Operations Branch of FAS at (202) 720-3224, or by e-mail at gsm.registrations@fas.usda.gov.

For the latest updates on FAS programs and activities, go to the FAS Web page at http://www.fas.usda.gov.

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