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Credit Guarantee


The main purpose of the credit guarantee services is to enable promising Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) without enough collateral to obtain funds and make smooth headway in the financial or business transaction. In an attempt to meet SMEs' demand for financing service, Korea Credit Guarantee Fund provides enterprises with credit guarantee services for the repayment of liabilities assumed by business enterprises in transactions with other companies or institutions.

By doing so, the credit guarantee services facilitate the financing of SMEs through the credit guarantees and stimulate the sound credit transaction through the efficient management of credit information.

Credit guarantee services involve a series of interactions among three parties: the guarantor (KODIT), the debtor (SMEs), and the creditor (Banks, Enterprises, etc.). If the debtor defaults, KODIT pays the guarantee obligation to financial institutions in place of the debtor.

For more information, refer to the contents below

SMEs → 1. Loan interview and application → Banks, Enterprises

SMEs → 1. Guarantee application → KODIT

KODIT → 2. Credit review, guarantee evaluation → SMEs

SMEs → 3. Guarantee agreement → KODIT

KODIT → 4. Issuance of letter of credit guarantee → Banks, Enterprises

Banks, Enterprises → 5. Loan agreement, supplying products → SMEs


  • Guarantee application & interview

  • Credit Review

  • Guarantee Evaluation&Approval

  • Letter of Credit Guarantee Issued

Guarantee application & interview

  • File guarantee application in person at KODIT branch or online
  • Conduct preliminary checks of application and credit status

Credit Review

  • Gather materials and data required for onsite credit visits and guarantee evaluations
  • Screen a company’s credit status through preliminary study and due diligence

Guarantee Evaluation & Approval

  • Inspect company potential and redeemability of debt based on credit review to determine whether to extend guarantee and decide guarantee amount

Letter of Credit Guarantee Issued

  • Sign credit guarantee agreement
  • Collect guarantee fee based on credit rating and issue letter of credit guarantee


Guarantee Eligibility

Regardless of business category, individuals and corporations conducting for-profit business are eligible for credit guarantees. However, companies in categories with insufficient grounds for guarantees, such as gambling, adult entertainment, and real estate, as well as companies evaluated as unable to maintain operations, are ineligible. The granting of guarantees to company that caused losses to KODIT and debtors is thus prohibited.

Guarantee Limits

To prevent an excessive guarantee amount from going to a single company and thereby maintain the soundness of guarantee funds, KODIT places guarantee limits. The general guarantee limit (KODIT + Korea Technology Finance Corporation) is KRW 3 billion and the maximum guarantee limit depending on the company and the nature of funds is KRW 7 billion. The guarantee limit for infrastructure funds is KRW 10 billion.

Partial Guarantee System

Partial guarantee system enables KODIT and a lending financial institution to share liability for losses on guaranteed loans at a preset ratio and was adopted to minimize moral hazard on the part of financial institutions.

In principle, differentiated coverage ratios, generally between 70% and 85%, apply depending on the credit rating of the guarantee-receiving companies and the term for guarantee services. The ratio is reduced for companies using guarantee services for extended periods. Higher coverage ratios, 90% to 100%, are given in the case of special purposed guarantees aligned to government initiatives for such as startups and exporting companies.

Guarantee Fee

The Guarantee fee of KODIT varies according to the credit rating of the applying company within the range between 0.5% and 3.0% annual percentage rate of the outstanding guarantees. Large enterprises are charged 0.5% higher fee than SMEs with a same rating. In the meantime, a fixed rate applies to certain types of guarantees.

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