RBI Press Release

With a view to further enhancing the flow of credit to the export sector, the Reserve Bank of India has introduced a US Dollar-Rupee swap facility to support incremental Pre-shipment Export Credit in Foreign Currency (PCFC) by banks. Scheduled banks (excluding Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)) will have the option to access rupee refinance to the extent of the swap with the Reserve Bank under a  special export credit refinance facility.

The swap facility will be available toscheduled banks (excluding RRBs) from January 21, 2013 till June 28, 2013 for fixed tenor of 3/6 months. During any particular month, the maximum amount of US dollars that banks would be eligible to avail of from the Reserve Bank through swaps would be equal to the incremental PCFC disbursed with reference to a base date (November 30, 2012), subject to a limit. The limits would be communicated to eligible individual banks separately. The limits would be reviewed periodically based on actual utilisation and other relevant factors. The overall cap for the banking system works out to US Dollar 6.5 billion.

Under the swap arrangement, a bank can buy US Dollars up to its eligible swap limit from the Reserve Bank and simultaneously sell the same amount of US Dollars forward as per the term of the swap at the prevailing market rates for swaps of similar tenor. At the end of the swap term, the bank will exchange with the Reserve Bank, the US Dollars against the rupees. The Reserve Bank’s decision regarding the pricing of the swap shall be final and no request for any modification/revision to the same would be entertained.

The swap facility will be operationalised by the Financial Markets Department of the Reserve Bank at Mumbai. Depending upon the prevailing market conditions, and other relevant factors, the Reserve Bank would exercise the right to decide on the day of operation, the number of banks that can avail of the facility on any particular day, the maximum amount of swap that the Reserve Bank would undertake with the banks on any particular day and the maximum quantum of swap that each bank can do on any particular day.

The new facility comes into effect on January 21, 2013. Eligible banks can approach the Financial Markets Department by e-mail with their request for US Dollar swaps indicating the amount of US Dollars and tenor (3 month or 6 month).

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RBI Notification

RBI/2012-2013/378
FMD.MOAG. No. 1082/01.06.016/2012-13

January 14, 2013

To

All Scheduled Banks [excluding Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)]

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Swap Facility for Expansion of Export Credit in Foreign Currency

Please refer to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular MPD No. 359/07.01.279/2012-13 dated January 14, 2013 on special export credit refinance facility.

2. As stated in para (1) of the circular, ibid, a US Dollar-Rupee swap facility has been introduced to support incremental Pre-shipment Export Credit in Foreign Currency (PCFC). Scheduled banks (excluding RRBs) have the option to access rupee refinance to the extent of the swap with RBI under a special export credit refinance facility. The salient features of the new swap facility are as under:

(a) The swap facility will be available toscheduled banks (excluding RRBs) from January 21, 2013 till June 28, 2013 for fixed tenor of 3/6 months. During any particular month, the maximum amount of dollars that banks would be eligible to avail of from RBI through swaps would be equal to the incremental PCFC disbursed with reference to a base date (November 30, 2012), subject to a limit. The limits would be communicated to eligible individual banks separately.  The limits would be reviewed periodically based on actual utilization and other relevant factors.

(b) Under the swap arrangement, a bank can buy US Dollars, up to its eligible swap limit, from RBI and simultaneously sell the same amount of US Dollar forward as per the term of the swap at the prevailing market rates for swaps of similar tenor. At the end of the swap term, the bank will exchange with RBI the US Dollars against Rupee. Reserve Bank’s decision regarding the pricing of the swap shall be final and no request for any modification/revision to the same would be entertained.

(c) Banks desirous of availing the swap facility will have to furnish a declaration duly signed by their authorised signatories that they have actually disbursed the eligible incremental PCFC during the preceding month (s).

(d) The swap facility will be operationalised by the Financial Markets Department of the Bank at Mumbai. Depending upon the prevailing market conditions, RBI would exercise the right to decide on the day of operation, number of banks that can avail of the facility on any particular day, the maximum amount of swap that RBI would undertake with the banks on any particular day and the maximum quantum of swap that each bank can do on any particular day keeping in view the market conditions and other relevant factors.

(e) Banks desirous of availing refinance under special export credit refinance facility may approach the Regional Office of the RBI at Fort, Mumbai with the required promissory note and a declaration indicating that they have availed the swap facility and the amount of refinance sought does not exceed the amount of swap outstanding under the swap facility.

(f) The new scheme comes into effect on January 21, 2013. Eligible banks can approach the Financial Markets Department by e-mail with their request for US Dollar swap facility indicating the amount of US Dollars, tenor (3 month or 6 month) along with the declaration as mentioned at (c) above.

Yours sincerely

(G. Mahalingam)
Chief General Manager

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