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Trade invoicing, payment, settlement of trade can be done in Rupee: DGFT

Trade invoicing, payment, settlement of trade can be done in Rupee: DGFT

In July, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had asked banks to put in place additional arrangements for export and import transactions in Indian rupees in view of the increasing interest of the global trading community in the domestic currency.

The central bank allowed authorised banks in India to open special rupee Vostro accounts The central bank allowed authorised banks in India to open special rupee Vostro accounts

The Union Commerce ministry on Friday allowed invoicing, payment, and settlement of exports and imports in the Indian rupee, a move aimed at facilitating trade in the domestic currency.
In July, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had asked banks to put in place additional arrangements for export and import transactions in Indian rupees in view of the increasing interest of the global trading community in the domestic currency.
To align the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) with this decision of the RBI, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) added a new paragraph to the FTP.
DGFT is an arm of the ministry that deals with export and import-related matters. "Para 2.52 (d) is notified to permit invoicing, payment, and settlement of exports and imports in INR (Indian rupee) in sync with RBI's ...circular dated July 11, 2022. This shall come into force with immediate effect," DGFT said in a notification.
Accordingly, it said, settlement of trade transactions in INR may also take place through special rupee vostro accounts opened by authorised dealer banks in India.
Indian importers undertaking imports through this mechanism will make payment in INR which will be credited into the special vostro account of the correspondent bank of the partner country, against the invoices for the supply of goods or services from the overseas seller/supplier.
“Indian exporters undertaking exports of goods and services through this mechanism shall be paid the export proceeds in rupee from the balances in the designated special vostro account of the correspondent bank of the partner country,” it added.
Earlier this month, the Reserve Bank and the finance ministry had asked top management of banks and representatives of trade bodies to push exports and import transactions in the rupee.

Published on: Sep 17, 2022, 3:34 PM IST
Posted by: Basudha Das, Sep 17, 2022, 3:27 PM IST