All agreements concluded outside the WTO framework (which provide additional benefits beyond the WTO level, but which apply only between signatories and not other WTO members) are considered to be preferred by the WTO. Under WTO rules, these agreements are subject to certain requirements, such as WTO notification and general reciprocity (preferences should apply equally to each signatory to the agreement), where unilateral preferences (some of the signatories enjoy preferential market access to the other signatories without reducing their tariffs) are allowed only in exceptional circumstances and as a temporary measure.  U.S. Exim may request the signing of a bilateral agreement (known as the Project Incentive Agreement) with the host government, which gives them recourse to the host government in the event of a default due to political risks: this will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. However, it is recognized that alliances are not a universal panacea for resolving conflicts between lenders and borrowers. For example, at some point, during the term of a loan, a federal state once relevant may be changed due to a change in circumstances. However, this can be costly, especially when a company has many bilateral agreements, all of which require a syndic amendment or facility requiring a large majority, or even unanimity, to accept amendments. In addition, contractual restrictions on management activity may be more costly than the damages they seek to limit. This is partly due to the fact that alliances are sometimes a very blunt instrument for controlling certain management activities, such as investment decisions. Moreover, the definition of appropriate levels for relationship pacts is not a science.
If the reports are too loose, they will not control the topics described above. If they are too narrow, they will impose unnecessary restrictions on the borrower and may result in an unjustified default. All these intertwined cases create confusion in trade. With regard to bilateral and regional agreements, it is essential, by definition, to determine the origin of imports. However, foreign direct investment (FDI), offshoring and merger practices can make the decision to trace the origin of a product a laborious one.