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Ex-Im Bank Announces Improved Customer Contact Center to Better Serve U.S. Exporters

Export-Import Bank Contact Center Team

As part of its ongoing effort to enhance customer experience for current and prospective exporters, the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (Ex-Im Bank) is unveiling a new and improved customer contact center that includes an improved 1-800 number experience, along with a new email response system. The contact center is also poised to launch new online chat capabilities early in the new year.

“Our focus is on our customers—the thousands of U.S. small businesses seeking to reach customers in global markets and add quality jobs here at home—because we can’t fulfill our mission if we’re not providing them with a seamless, efficient experience from start to finish,”said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. “Our multi-channel approach will allow us to better serve America’s exporters, answering their questions and addressing their unique challenges with the kind of personalized customer service they need.”

The contact center will serve as a trusted point of entry for current and potential customers who are either looking to increase their exports or who are relatively new to exporting. Customers can call 1-800-565-EXIM and speak with personal representatives in one of 20 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi. Customers now also have the option of submitting their questions by Web form, at exim.gov/about/contact/ and can expect to receive responses within two work days.

The new contact center is the latest Ex-Im Bank initiative aimed at bringing our customers “government at the speed of business.” Past improvements include the introduction of the Express Insurance program for small businesses and more streamlined application processing, which has seen the number of days needed to reach an authorization decision cut in half since 2009.

The customer contact center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday. Online chat services will become available in early 2015.

This post was originally published on exim.gov by Stephanie Thum of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

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