Czech Export Bank (hereinafter only "CEB") is a specialised banking institution, directly and indirectly state-owned, for the state support of exports. It was set up in 1995 and is one of the pillars of the government’s pro-export policy system. The CEB mission is to provide state support for exports through the provision and financing of export credits and other services connected with exporting. CEB thus supplements the services offered by the domestic banking system by financing export operations that require long-term financing at interest rates and in volumes that are not available to exporters on the banking market under the current domestic conditions. This allows Czech exporters to compete on international markets under conditions comparable to those enjoyed by their main foreign competitors.
The recipient of supported financing may be an exporter (i.e. a legal entity with registered offices in the Czech Republic, or in exceptional cases a natural person with permanent residency in the Czech Republic), or their foreign customer. A manufacturer producing for export or a Czech subject investing abroad may also receive some types of credits. The exporter's domestic bank or the importer’s foreign bank may also be involved in these transactions. All CEB activities are fully compliant with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, the applicable recommendations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Union directives.