Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK) | GIEK is now Eksfin

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation

Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK) | Export Credit Agency (ECA) in Norway


On the 1st of July, GIEK merged with Export Credit Norway to create Eksfin – the new Norwegian export credit agency. Find out more about Eksfin here.


A summary of Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK)

Summary video of Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK) and how it operates in Norway. GIEK case: Bergen Engines

Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK) – Benefits of using an ECA in Norway

  •  Financing, security and greater profitability
  •  Loans Guarantees
  •  GIEK is also a professional creditor and negotiations adviser

What types of products and services do Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK) offer in Norway?

Here is a list of products provided by GIEK catering to a wide group of people such as the exporter, potential buyer, bank and investors.

  •  Financing
  •  Offloading risk
  •  Product and business development
  •  Market information
History of Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK)

GIEK establishment dates to the 1920s with the establishment of the Russian commission. The Russia Commission was established under the Ministry of Trade, and the guarantee scheme thus became more permanent. In 1934, the scheme was expanded to cover all countries and renamed the Government Export Credit Commission. Apart from the Soviet Union, the largest insured export volumes went to Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain and Brazil. In the 1940s there was the establishment of the Export Guarantee Fund. In the 1950s they modernized their terms and regulations. GIEK implemented major organisational and administrative changes in 1980 and was granted wider powers by the ministry. The same year, GIEK’s 31 employees moved to the current premises at Dronning Mauds gate 15, Oslo. The tender guarantee scheme was transferred to GIEK in 1982. In 1987, the exchange rate guarantee scheme was withdrawn and the GIEK Committee was disbanded. A special export guarantee scheme for investments in developing countries was introduced in 1988.

The 1970s: the oil crisis and expanded exposure limits
The 1990s: GIEK becomes a public enterprise
The 2000s: establishment of GIEK Kredittforsikring (credit insurance)

December 2015, GIEK moves to Støperigata 1 at Aker Brygge in Oslo. Since January 2015 the ownership of GIEK Kredittforsikring is transferred from GIEK to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. In December 2015, GIEK moved to Støperigata 1, Aker Brygge in Oslo.

On the 1st of July, GIEK merged with Export Credit Norway to create Eksfin – the new Norwegian export credit agency.

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Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK)




On the 1st of July, GIEK merged with Export Credit Norway to create Eksfin – the new Norwegian export credit agency.




Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries Norway

About the Author

Mark heads up the trade finance offering at TFG where his team focuses on bringing in alternative structured finance to international trading companies. Prior to joining TFG (, Mark qualified as a lawyer with a top ranked global trade and structured commodity finance team.

Mark has previously advised commodity trading firms, banks and alternative capital providers on international structured trade financings, pre-export, prepayment and limited recourse structures – notably in the oil, soft commodities and metals sectors. This has included mining finance projects, structured letter of credit facilities, receivables discounting and forfaiting agreements.

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