December 4, 2015
All Scheduled Commercial Banks
Interest Equalisation Scheme on Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit
The Government of India has announced the Interest Equalisation Scheme on Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit to eligible exporters. The scheme is effective from April 1, 2015. The details of the scheme are enclosed.
2. Accordingly, scheduled commercial banks are advised to adhere to the following operational procedure for claiming reimbursement:
A. Procedure for passing on the benefit of interest equalisation to exporters:
- For the period April 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015, banks shall identify the eligible exporters as per the Government of India scheme and credit their accounts with the eligible amount of interest equalisation.
- From the month of December 2015 onwards, banks shall reduce the interest rate charged to the eligible exporters as per our extant guidelines on interest rates on advances by the rate of interest equalisation provided by Government of India.
- The interest equalisation benefit will be available from the date of disbursement up to the date of repayment or up to the date beyond which the outstanding export credit becomes overdue. However, the interest equalisation will be available to the eligible exporters only during the period the scheme is in force.
B. Procedure for claiming reimbursement of interest equalisation benefit already passed on to eligible exporters
- The sector-wise consolidated reimbursement claim for the period April 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015 for the amount of interest equalisation already passed on to eligible exporters should be submitted to RBI by December 15, 2015.
- The sector-wise consolidated monthly reimbursement claim for interest equalisation for the period December 2015 onwards should be submitted in original within 15 days from the end of the respective month, with bank’s seal and signed by authorised person, in the prescribed format given in Annex I.
- The claims should be accompanied by an External Auditor’s Certificate (with stamp and membership number) certifying that the claim for interest equalisation of Rupees…………….. for the month ended ………….. has been verified and found to be strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Government scheme enclosed with the circular DBR.Dir.BC.No.62/04.02.001/2015-16 dated December 4, 2015. Claims for reimbursement will be considered for settlement only after receipt of this certificate.
- The claims may be submitted to the Chief General Manager, Department of Banking Regulation, Reserve Bank of India, Central Office, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Fort Mumbai – 400 001.
- The reimbursement of interest equalisation claim will be made as and when the funds are received from Government of India.
Chief General Manager
Encls: As above