Introduction of Swap Facility for Expansion of Export Credit in Foreign Currency

Dated 26th July 2013

Reserve Bank of India vide its Notification No. RBI/2012-2013/378 dated January 14, 2013 issued to All Scheduled Banks [excluding Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)] Notified that:

With Reference 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. 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 to scheduled 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) The new scheme came into effect from January 21, 2013.



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