A reinsurance company insures the risk that has been underwritten by an insurance company. The risk of a major loss event imposes a burden that no single company can bear. Reinsurance makes it possible for these risks to be underwritten. In a way, one could say, "reinsurance is insurance for insurance companies". Over the years the international reinsurance sector has developed into a highly specialised financial services industry that works closely in conjunction with direct insurers to meet the needs of their customers. ICISA’s Reinsurance Members have specialised departments focusing solely on the reinsurance of trade credit insurance and surety risks.

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