Credit insurance provides a business with protection against the failure of a customer to pay their trade credit debts. This can arise as a result of a customer becoming insolvent or because your customer fails to pay within the agreed credit period. These risks are referred to as 'commercial risks'. The protection covers as standard goods or services sold and delivered, but can be tailored to cover many other risks such as work in progress and binding contracts. Companies that export can protect themselves against a range of 'political' risks which may prevent or delay payment.