October 8, 2013.

Members of the Council,

Dear Member,

Sub: Export Credit in Foreign Currency

The RBI has issued a circular No.RBI/2013-14/291 dated Sept. 25, 2013 on the above subject. The circular states the following.

Banks extend export credit in Indian Rupees as well as in foreign currency, such as Pre Shipment Credit in Foreign Currency (PCFC) and Post Shipment Credit in Foreign Currency (PSCFC), as per their own internal lending policies within the overall regulatory framework prescribed by the Reserve Bank.

Export credit limits are calculated in Indian Rupees and the limit is apportioned between Rupee and foreign currency components depending upon the borrowers’ requirement. While the overall export credit limits are fixed in Indian Rupees, the foreign currency component of export credit fluctuates based on the prevailing exchange rates.

Banks are advised that they may compute the overall export credit limits of the borrowers on an on-going basis say monthly, based on the prevalent position of current assets, current liabilities and exchange rates and re-allocate limit towards export credit in foreign currency, as per the bank’s own policy. This may result in increasing or decreasing the Indian Rupee equivalent of foreign currency component of export credit.

Alternatively, banks may denominate foreign currency (FC) component of export credit in foreign currency only with a view to ensuring that the exporters are insulated from Rupee fluctuations. The FC component of export credit, sanctioned, disbursed and outstanding will be maintained and monitored in FC. However, for translation of FC assets in the banks’ book, the on-going exchange / FEDAI rates may be used.
Members may kindly note the above.

Thanks & regards,

R.Ramesh Kumar, IAS
Executive Director