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1 Introduction 02
2 Concept of Export Finance 03
3 Types – Pre-shipment & Post Shipment finance 04/05
4 Letter of Credit 10
5 Export credit in foreign currency 11
6 Role of EXIM Bank in export promotion 12
a) Features/Objectives/Operations 13
b) Lending Programs 15
c) Financing Programs 18
d) FREPEC 20
e) EXIM business profile 22
f) Export Services 23
g) Forfaiting 28
7 Role of ECGC in export promotion
a) Introduction/features 32
b) Products of ECGC 33
8 FAQ –EXIM bank 40
9 Recent developments-EXIM Bank 43-46
10 Exchange Control on Exports 47
11 Trade Related Investment Measures (TRIMs) 49
12 Factoring 50
13 Monetary & Credit Policy 52
14 High Court Ruling 53
15 Learnings from the Project 54
16 Bibliography 55

Introduction :

Credit and finance is the life blood of any business whether domestic or
international . It is more important in the case of export transactions due
to the prevalance of novel non-price competitive techniques encountered
by exporters in various nations to enlarge their share of world markets.

The selling techniques are no longer confined to mere quality, price or

delivery schedules of the products but are extended to payment terms
offered by exporters . Liberal payment terms usually score over the
competitors not only of capital equipment but also of consumer goods.

The payment terms however depend upon the availability of finance to

exporters in relation to its quantum, cost and the period at pre-
shipment and post-shipment stage.

This project is an attempt to throw light on the various sources of export

finance available to exporters , the schemes implemented by ECGC and
EXIM for export promotion and the recent developments in the form of tie-
EXIM tie-ups , credit policy announced by RBI in
Oct 2001 and TRIMS .


Export finance is a short term working capital finance allowed to an exporter. Finance
and credit are available to help not only export production but also to sell overseas
customers on credit .

Need for Export Finance :

• To cover commercial & Non-commercial or political risks attendant on granting

credit to a foreign buyer.
• To cover natural risks like an earthquake, floods etc.

An exporter may avail financial assistance from any bank which consider the ensuing
a) Availability of the funds at the required time to the exporter.
b) Affordability of the cost of funds.



When a commercial bank deals in export finance it is bound by the ensuing guidelines:-
a) Exchange control regulations.
b) Trade control regulations.
c) Reserve Bank’s directives issued through IECD.
d) Export Credit Guarantee Corporation guidelines.
e) Guidelines of Foreign Exchange Dealers Association of India.

We now have a look at the different types of export finance.

Basically the point separating the two types of finances is related to whether the financial
assistance is granted to an exporter prior to or after the shipment of the goods. Thus, as
indicated above the two types of export finances are as follows:-

i. Pre-shipment finance
Post-shipment finance

Definition of Pre-shipment finance:-

Financial assistance extended to the exporter from the date of receipt of the export order
till the date of shipment is known as Pre-shipment credit. Such finance is extended to an
exporter for the purpose of procuring raw materials, processing, packing, transporting,
warehousing of goods meant for exports.

Definition of Post-shipment finance:-

Credit facility extended to an exporter from the date of shipment of goods till the
realisation of the export proceeds is called post-shipment credit.

Pre-shipment finance is available in the form of packing credit and advances against
receivables from the Government like duty drawback, etc.

Post-shipment finance is available in the form of ;

i. Export bills purchased / negotiated / discounted.
ii. Advances against bills sent on collection basis.
iii. Advances against exports on consignments basis.
iv. Advances against undrawn balances.
v. Advances against duty drawback.

We now discuss in detail about pre-shipment finance.

Pre-shipment finance which is generally called packing credit is essentially a working

capital advance made available for the specific purpose of procuring or processing or
manufacturing of goods meant for export.

Two essential features of packing credit advances are:-

a) There should be an export order or a letter of credit.
b) The advances to be liquidated from the relative export proceeds.

While appraising an export credit proposal as a commercial banker, obligation to the
following institutions or regulations needs to be adhered to.

To RBI under the Exchange Control Regulations:-

Obligations are:-
Appraisee to be the bank’s customer.
Appraisee should have the exim code number alloted by the Director General Of Foreign
Party’s name should not appear under the caution list of the RBI.

To the Trade Control Authority under the EXIM policy:-

Obligations are:-
Appraisee should have IEC number alloted by the DGFT.
Goods must be freely exportable i.e. not falling under the negative list. If it falls under the
negative list, then a valid license should be there allowing the export.
Country with whom the appraisee wants to trade should not be under trade barrier.

Obligations are:-
Verification that appraisee is not under the Specific Approval list (SAL).
There are certain factors to be considered while sanctioning the packing credit advances
i. Banks may relax norms for debt-equity ratio, margins etc but no compromise in
respect of viability of the proposal and integrity of the borrower.
ii. Satisfaction about the capacity of the execution of the orders within the stipulated
time and the management of the export business.
iii. Quantum of finance.
iv. Standing of credit opening bank if the exports are covered under letters of credit.
v. Regulations, political and financial conditions of the buyer’s country.


After proper sanctioning of credit limits, the disbursing branch should ensure:-
To inform ECGC the details of limit sanctioned in the prescribed format within 30 days
from the date of sanction.
a) To complete proper documentation and compliance of the terms of sanction i.e.
creation of mortgage etc.
b) There should be an export order or a letter of credit produced by the exporter on the
basis of which disbursements are normally allowed. In both the cases following
particulars are to be verified:-
i. Name of the buyer
ii. Commodity to be exported
iii. Quantity
iv. Value
v. Date of shipment / negotiation
vi. Any other terms to be complied with.


On the basis of the above particulars, the quantum of finance will be fixed.
Normally, the quantum will be fixed on the FOB value of the contract or the LC or the
domestic value of the goods which ever is less after deducting the profit margin.
If the contract or the LC is on CIF basis, the FOB value will be arrived at by deducting 13
to 14% from the CIF value if the despatch is through sea and around 25% if the despatch
is by air. After arriving at the FOB value the usual margin i.e. profit margin stipulated in
the terms of sanction to be deducted.

This is decided on the basis of the production cycle or upto the date of shipment
mentioned in the order / LC whichever is earlier. But in no case it should exceed 180

days. For reasons beyond the control of exporter, if the shipment could not be made
within 180 daysfrom the date of advance, a further extension of 90 days can be granted
by the banks themselves without referring to Reserve Bank.
Extension of any packing credit beyond 360 days requires ECGC’s approval.

In order to have proper control over the granting and settlement of pre-shipment credit
allowed to exporters at concessive rates of interest, it is necessary for the banks to
maintain separate accounts in respect of each packing credit advanced to the exporter.
Packing credit advance should also be followed up properly at all stages like submission
of stock statements and inspection of stocks at regular intervals, adequate insurance cover
for the stocks etc.
Packing credit advance will always be liquidated with the export proceeds of the relevant
shipment. At this stage the pre-shipment liability of the party is converted into post-
shipment liability.

Post-shipment finance

is essentially an advance against receivables which will be in the form of shipping

Some of the major exchange control regulations concerning export finance at the post-
shipment stage are as follows:-
i. Exporter should have the code number and each shipment should accompany the
prescribed declaration form in which the value of export will be declared and duly
certified by the customs authority.
ii. Shipping documents along with relative GR form must be submitted to an AD
within 21 days from the date of shipment.
iii. The payment should be received in an approved manner within the prescribed time
limit. i.e. within six months from the date of shipment.

Different types of post-shipment advances

i. Export bills purchased / discounted

ii. Export bills negotiated
iii. Advances against bills sent on collection basis.
iv. Advances against exports on consignment basis.
v. Advances against undrawn balances.
vi. Advances against duty drawback.

Export bills purchased / discounted:-

Proper limit should be sanctioned to the exporter for purchase of export bills facility.
Since the export is not covered under LC, risk of non-payment may arise.

Export bills negotiated:-(bills drawn under LC)
When export documents are presented to the bank for negotiation, they should be
scrutinized carefully with the terms and conditions of the LC. The operation of letter of
credit is governed by Uniform Customs & Practices for Documentary Credits (1993
revision) of the International Chamber of Commerce, Brochure no. 500.

Advances against bills sent on collection basis:-

At times, the exporter might have fully utilized his bills and in certain cases the bills
drawn under the LC may have some discrepancies. In such cases the bills will be sent on
collection basis. In some cases, the exporter himself may request for sending the bills on
collection basis anticipating the strengthening of the foreign currency. Banks may allow
advance against these collection bills to an exporter. Concessive rate of interest can be
charged for this advance upto the transit period in the case of DP Bill and the transit
period + usance period + grace period (if any) in case of usance bills.

Advance against goods sent on consignment basis:-

Goods are exported on consignment basis at the risk of the exporter for sale abroad.
Eventual remittance of sale proceeds will be made by agent / consignee.

Advances against undrawn balances:-

In certain line of export trade, it is the practice of the exporter to leave a part of the
amount as undrawn balance. Adjustment will be made by the buyer for difference in
weight, quality etc. ascertained after arrival and inspection or analysis of the goods.

Advances against receivables from Government such as Duty Drawback:-

Where the domestic cost of production of certain goods is higher in relation to

international price, the exporter may get support from the Government so that he

may compete effectively in the overseas market. Export incentives are provided under the
Export Promotion Scheme by the Government of India and other agencies. This can only
be in the form of refund of excise and customs duty known as Duty Drawback

Period of finance

Post –shipment advance against demand bills will be for a period upto normal transit
period. In case of unasked bills the advance will be for the transit period +
usance period + grace period if any, but in any case not exceeding 180 days from the date
of shipment.

Quantum of finance

In case of post-shipment advances, normally no margin is maintained for bills drawn

under LC’s. Only in case of export bills purchased against contracts / firm orders,
depending upon the additional security available, some banks prescribe certain amount of

Letter of Credit

A letter of credit is a banking mechanism which allows importers to offer secure terms
to exporters.
All letters of credit contain these elements:

• a payment undertaking given by the • on presentation of specified documents

bank (issuing bank) representing the supply of goods

• within specific time limits
• on behalf of the buyer (applicant) • these documents conforming to terms
and conditions set out in the letter of
• to pay a seller (beneficiary)
• a given amount of money
• documents to be presented at a specified

Put simply, the issuing bank's role is twofold:

• to guarantee to the seller that if compliant documents are presented, the bank will pay the
seller the amount due. This offers security to the seller - the bank says in effect "We will
pay you if you present documents (XYZ)"
• to examine the documents, and only pay if these comply with the terms and conditions set
out in the letter of credit. This protects the buyer's interests - the bank says "We will only
pay your supplier on your behalf if they present documents (XYZ) that you have asked
Note that the letter of credit refers to documents representing the goods - not the goods
themselves! Banks are not in the business of examining goods on behalf of their customers.
Typically the documents requested will include a commercial invoice, a transport document such
as a bill of lading or airway bill, an insurance document; but there are many others.

Letters of credit deal in documents, not goods.

Export Credit In Foreign Currency :

Both Pre-shipment & post shipment credits are available in foreign currencies under
2 schemes :

1. Foreign currency pre-shipment credit (FCPC) Scheme :

2. Rediscounting of Export Bills Abroad (EBR) Scheme :

1. FCPC :
The FCPC is available to exporting companies as well as commercial banks for
lending to the former.

It is an additional window to rupee packing credit scheme & available to cover
both the domestic i.e indigenous & imported inputs . The exporter has two
options to avail himself of export finance.
To avail himself of preshipment credit in rupees & then the post shipment credit
either in rupees or in foreign currency denominated credit or discounting
/rediscounting of export bills.
To avail of preshipment credit in foreign currency & discounting /rediscounting of
the export bills in foreign currency.

FCPC will also be available both to the supplier EOU/EPZ unit and the receiver
EOU/EPZ unit .

Pre-shipment credit in foreign currency shall also be available on exports to ACU

(Asian Clearing Union) countries with effect from 1.1.1996.

Eligibility : PCFC is extended only on the basis of confirmed /firm export orders
or confirmed L/Cs . The “Running account facility will not be available under the
scheme . However , the facility of the liquidation of packing credit under the first
in first out method will be allowed .

Order or L/C : Banks should not insist on submission of export order or L/C
for every disbursement of pre-shipment credit , from exporters with consistently
good track record. Instead , a system of periodical submission of a statement of
LCs or export orders in hand , should be introduced.

Sharing of FCPC : Banks may extend FCPC to the manufacturer also on the
basis of the disclaimer from the export order

Rediscounting of Export Bills Abroad (EBR) Scheme :

The exporter has the option of availing of export credit at the post shipment stage
either in rupee or in foreign currency under the rediscounting of export bills
abroad (EBRD) scheme at LIBOR linked interest rates.

This facility will be an additional window available to exporter along with the
exiting rupee financing schemes to an exporter at post shipment stage. This facility
will be available in all convertible currencies. This scheme will cover export bills
upto 180 days from the date of shipment (inclusive of nromal transit period and
grace period) .

The scheme envisages ADs rediscounting the export bills in overseas markets by
making arrangements with an overseas agency/ bank by way of a line of credit or
banker’s acceptance facility or any other similar facility at rates linked to London
Inter Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) for six months.

Prior permission of RBI will not be required for arranging the rediscounting
facility abroad so long as the spread for rediscounting facility abroad does not
exceed one percent over the six months LIBOR in the case of rediscounting ‘with
recourse’ basis & 1.5% in the case of ‘without recourse’ facility. Spread , should be
exclusive of any withholding tax. In all other cases , the RBI’s permission will be
needed .

Role of EXIM Bank


Exports Promotion

Exim Bank Act

• Set up by an Act of Parliament in September 1981

• Commenced operations in March 1982

• Wholly owned by the Government of India

Export-Import Bank of India was set up for the purpose of financing, facilitating
and promoting foreign trade in India.

Exim is the principal financial institution in the country for co-coordinating

working of institutions engaged in financing exports and imports


Exim Bank extends lines of credit to overseas governments/agencies nominated by them

or financial institutions overseas to enable buyers in those countries to import
capital/engineering goods, industrial manufactures and related services from India on
deferred payment terms. This facility enables importers in those countries to import from
India on deferred credit terms as per the terms and conditions already negotiated between
Exim Bank and the overseas agency. The Indian exporters can obtain payment of eligible
value from Exim Bank against negotiation of shipping documents, without recourse to


The lines of credit are denominated in convertible foreign currencies or Indian Rupees
and extended to sovereign governments/agencies nominated by them or financial
institutions. Such governments/agencies/institutions are the borrowers and Exim Bank the
lender. Terms and conditions of different lines of credit are varying and details in respect
of each line of credit can be obtained from Exim Bank. It would need to be ascertained

from time to time that the lines of credit have come into effect and uncommitted balance
is still available for utilization. Indian exporters also need to ascertain the quantum of
service fees payable to Exim Bank on account of prorate export credit insurance premium
and / or interest rate differential cost that they can then paid up in their prices to their


Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM INDIA), an apex financial institution, was set up
in 1982 to finance, facilitate and promote India's international trade. The Bank is the
principal financial institution in the country for co-coordinating the working of
institutions engaged in financing exports and imports. The mission of the Bank is to
develop commercially viable relationships with externally oriented companies by
offering a comprehensive range of products and services aimed at helping Indian
companies to globalize.

OPERATIONS - How it works :

• The buyer arranges to obtain allocation of funds under the credit line from the
borrower. The exporter then enters into contract with the buyer, for the eligible
items covered under the line of credit. The contracts would need to conform to the
basic terms and conditions of the respective credit lines. (Particulars of effective
lines of credit are available separately).

• The delivery period stipulated in the contracts should be such that credit can be
drawn from Exim Bank within the terminal disbursement date stipulated under the
respective line of credit agreements. Also, all contracts should provide for pre-
shipment inspection by the buyer or agent nominated by buyer.

• The buyer arranges to comply with procedural formalities as applicable in his

country and then submits the contract to the borrower for approval. The borrower
in turn forwards copies of the contract to Exim Bank for approval.

• Exim Bank advises approval of the contract to the borrower, with copy to
exporter, indicating approval number, eligible contract value, last date for
disbursement, and other conditions subject to which approval is granted.

• The Buyer, on advice from the borrower, establishes an irrevocable sight letter of
credit(L/C). A single L/C is to be opened, covering the full eligible value of the
contract including, freight and/or insurance as laid down in the contract.

• The letter of credit is advised through a bank in India designated by Exim Bank.

• Exporter ships the goods covered under the contract and presents documents for
negotiation to the designated bank. The Bank forwards negotiated documents to
the buyer.

• On receipt of clean non-negotiable set of shipment documents along with the

relative invoices, inspection certificate and a certificate that documents negotiated
are as per terms of L/C and without reserve from the negotiating bank and after
having satisfied itself, that all formalities have been complied with in conformity
with the terms of the Credit Agreement, Exim Bank reimburses the eligible value
of shipment in equivalent rupees at spot exchange rate to the negotiating bank for
payment to the exporter.

• Exim Bank debits the borrower's account and arranges to collect interest and
principal receivable on due dates as per the terms of the line of credit agreement
between Exim Bank and the borrower.


A Range of Export Services

In addition to finance, EXIM INDIA provides a range of analytical information and

export related services necessary for globalization of Indian companies. EXIM INDIA
through its wide network of alliances with financial institutions, trade promotion

agencies, information providers across the globe assists externally oriented Indian
companies in their quest for excellence and globalization. Services include search for
overseas partners, identification of technology suppliers, negotiating alliances, and
development of joint ventures in India and abroad.

A Network of Institutional Linkages

EXIM INDIA is a wholesale bank. The Bank works closely with commercial banks in
India, who through a network of around 60,000 branches operate the retail export credit
system in the country. Besides extensive linkages with commercial banks by virtue of its
refinancing / rediscounting activities and risk participating arrangements, EXIM INDIA
has a working relationship with the sole export credit insurance agency in India, i.e., the
Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd.

A Variety of Lending Programs

EXIM INDIA offers a range of financing programs that match the menu of Exim Banks
of the industrialized countries. However, the Bank is atypical in the universe of Exim
Banks in that it has over the years evolved, so as to anticipate and meet the special needs
of a developing country. The Bank provides competitive finance at various stages of the
export cycle covering :

EXIM INDIA operates a wide range of financing and promotional programs. The Bank
finances exports of Indian machinery, manufactured goods, consultancy and technology
services on deferred payment terms. EXIM INDIA also seeks to co finance projects with
global and regional development agencies to assist Indian exporters in their efforts to
participate in such overseas projects.

The Bank is involved in promotion of two-way technology transfer through the outward
flow of investment in Indian joint ventures overseas and foreign direct investment flow
into India. EXIM INDIA is also a Partner Institution with European Union and operates
European Community Investment Partners' Program (ECIP) for facilitating
promotion of joint ventures in India through technical and financial collaboration with
medium sized firms of the European Union.

Export Financing - Finance from Exim Bank

Exim Bank is fully owned by the Government of India and is managed by the Board of
Directors with repatriation from Government, financial institutions, banks and business
community. The Export- Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) provides financial assistance
to promote Indian exports through direct financial assistance, overseas investment
finance, term finance for export production and export development, pre-shipping credit,
buyer's credit, lines of credit, relending facility, export bills rediscounting, refinance to
commercial banks. The Exim Bank also extends non-founded facility to Indian exporters
in the form of guarantees. The diversified lending program of the Exim Bank now covers
various stages of exports, i.e., from the development of export makers to expansion of
production capacity for exports, production capacity for exports, production for exports
and post- shipment financing. The Exim Bank's focus is on export of manufactured
goods, project exports, exports of technology services and exports of computers software.

Loans to Indian Companies

• Deferred payment exports : Term finance is provided to Indian exporters of eligible

goods and services which enables them to offer deferred credit to overseas buyers.
Deferred credit can also cover Indian consultancy, technology and other services.
Commercial banks participate in this program directly or under risk syndication

• Preshipment credit : finance is available form Exim Bank for companies executing
export contracts involving cycle time exceeding six months. The facility also enables
provision of rupee mobilization expenses for construction/turnkey project exporters.

• Term loans for export production : Exim Bank provides term loans/deferred payment
guarantees to 100% export-oriented units, units in free trade zones and computer
software exporters. In collaboration with International Finance Corporation.
Washington, Exim Bank provides loans to enable small and medium enterprises
upgrade export production capability. Facilities for deeded exports; Deemed exports
are eligible for funded and non- funded facilities from Exim Bank.

• Overseas Investment finance : Indian companies establishing joint ventures overseas

are provided finance towards their equity contribution in the joint venture.

• Finance for export marketing : This program, which is a component of a World Bank
loan, helps exporters implement their export market development plans.

• Loans to Foreign Governments, Companies and financial Institutions :

Overseas Buyer's Credit : Credit is directly offered to foreign entities for import of
eligible goods and related services, on deferred payment.

• Lines of Credit : Besides foreign governments, finance is available to foreign

financial institutions and government agencies to on-lend in the respective country for
import of goods and services from India.

• Relending Facility to Banks Overseas : Relending facility is extended to banks

overseas to enable them to provide term finance to their clients world-wide for
imports from India.

• Loans to Commercial Banks in India

• Export Bills Rediscounting : Commercial Banks in India who are authorized to deal
in foreign exchange can rediscount their short term export bills with Exim Banks, for
an unexpired usance period of not more than 90 days.

• Refinance of Export Credit : Authorized dealers in foreign exchange can obtain from
Exim Bank 100% refinance of deferred payment loans extended for export of eligible
Indian goods.

• Guaranteeing of Obligations:
Exim Bank participates with commercial banks in India in the issue of guarantees
required by Indian companies for the export contracts and for execution of overseas
construction and turnkey projects.

Finance for Rupee Expenditure for Project Export Contracts (FREPEC)

What is FREPEC program?

This program seeks to Finance Rupee Expenditure for Project Export Contracts, incurred
by Indian companies.

What is the purpose of this credit?

To enable Indian project exporters to meet Rupee expenditure incurred/required to be

incurred for execution of overseas project export contracts such as for

acquisition/purchase/acquisition of materials and equipment, acquisition of personnel,
payments to be made in India to staff, sub-contractors, consultants and to meet project
related overheads in Indian Rupees.

Who are eligible for assistance under FREPEC program?

Indian project exporters who are to execute project export contracts overseas secure on
cash payment terms or those funded by multilateral agencies will be eligible. The purpose
of the new lending program is to give boost to project export efforts of companies with
good track record and sound financials.

What is the quantum of credit extended under this program?

Up to 100% of the peak deficit as reflected in the Rupee cash flow statement prepared for
the project. Exim Bank will not normally take up cases involving credit requirement
below Rs. 50 lakhs. Although, no maximum amount of credit is being proposed, while
approving overall credit limit, credit-worthiness of the exporter-borrower would be taken
into account. Where feasible, credit may be extended in participation with sponsoring
commercial bank(s).

How are disbursements made under this program?

Disbursements will made in Rupees through a bank account of the borrower-company

against documentary evidence of expenditure incurred accompanied by a certificate of
Chartered Accountants.

How is a FREPEC loan to be extinguished?

Repayment of credit would normally be out of project receipts. Period of repayment

would depend upon the project cash flow statements, but will not exceed 4 (four) years

from the effective date of project export contract. The liability of the borrower to repay
the credit and pay interest and other monies will be absolute and will not be dependent
upon actual realization of project bills.

What is the security stipulated for FREPEC loan?

a. Hypothecation of project receivables and project movables.

b. optional: where available

o Personal Guarantees of Directors of the Company.

o Available collateral security.

Refinance of Export Credit

Authorized Dealers in foreign exchange can obtain from Exim Bank, hundred percent
refinance of deferred payment loans extended for export of eligible Indian goods.

Exim Bank - Business Profile



• Bank provides exports of Indian machinery, manufactured goods, consultancy and

technology services on deferred payment terms

• Lines of credit/buyer's credits are extended to overseas entities i.e. governments,
central banks, commercial banks, development finance institutions, regional
development banks for financing export of goods and services from India

1. Project Finance

2. Trade Finance


• Export Product Development

• Export Marketing Finance

• Export Oriented Units

1. Project Finance

2. Working Capital

3. Production Equipment Finance

• European Community Investment Partners (ECIP)

• Asian Country Investment Partners (ACIP)

• Overseas Investment Finance

• Export Facilitation Programs

1. Software Training Institutes

2. Minor Ports Development


In addition to finance, Bank provides a range of information and advisory services to
Indian companies to supplement their efforts aimed at globalization of Indian business.

What are the types of services provided by Exim Bank?

Exim Bank provides a range of analytical information and export related services. The
Bank's fee based services help identify new business propositions, source trade and
investment related information, create and enhance presence through joint network of
institutional linkages across the globe assists externally oriented companies in their quest
for excellence and globalization. Services include search for overseas partners,
identification of technology suppliers, negotiating alliances, and development of joint
ventures in India and abroad. The Bank also supports Indian project exporters and
consultants to participate in projects funded by multilateral funding agencies.

What are the various types of financial facilities provided by Exim Bank to Indian
Companies for export of turnkey/ construction projects, export of services and
export of capital/ engineering goods & consumer durables ?

Exim Bank provides financial assistance to Indian Companies by way of a variety of

lending programs, viz.,


• Bid Bond

• Advance Payment Guarantee

• Performance Guarantee

• Guarantee for release of Retention Money

• Guarantee for raising Borrowings Overseas

• Other guarantees

Non-Fund Based Facilities

Exam Bank issues following guarantees directly or in participation with other banks, for
project export contract.

• Bid Bond:

Bid Bond is generally issued for a period of six months.

• Advance Payment Guarantee:

Exporters are expected to secure a mobilization advance of 10-20% of the contract value
which is normally released against bank guarantee and is generally recovered on a pro-
rata basis from the progress payments during project execution.

• Performance Guarantee:

Performance guarantee for 5-10% of contract is issued, valid upto completion of

maintenance period normally one year after completion of contract period and/or grant of
Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) by the overseas employer. Format of guarantee is
expected to be furnished by exporter, at least four weeks before actual issue, to facilitate
discussions and formal approval.

• Guarantee for Release of Retention Money:

This enables the exporter to obtain the release of retention money (normally 10% of
contract value) before obtaining Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) from client.

• Guarantee for Raising Borrowings Overseas:

Bridge finance may be needed at the earlier phases of the contracts to supplement the
mobilization advance. Bridge finance upto 25% of the contract value may be raised in
foreign currency from an overseas bank against this guarantee issued by a bank in India.

Request for overseas borrowings must be supported by currency-wise cash flows, also
indicating the outstanding letters of credit and L/C drawl schedule.

• Other Guarantees:

e.g. in lieu of customs duty or security deposit for expatriate labor.

Guarantee commission is charged at rates stipulated by the Foreign Exchange Dealers

Association of India (FEDAI) or as stipulated by guarantee issuing bank. Margin
requirement for issue of guarantee is generally waived by banks for Export Performance
Guarantee. However, appropriate securities are availed of.

Funded :

• Pre-shipment Rupee Credit

• Post-shipment Rupee Credit

• Foreign Currency Loan

• Overseas Buyer's Credit

• Lines of Credit

• Loan under FREPEC program

• Refinance of Export Loans

Fund-Based Facilities

1. Pre-Shipment Rupee Credit

Pre-shipment Rupee Credit is extended to finance temporary funding requirement of

export contracts. This facility enables provision of rupee mobilization expenses for
construction/ turnkey projects. Exporters could also avail of pre-shipment credit in
foreign currencies to finance cost of imported inputs for manufacture of export products

to be supplied under the projects. Commercial banks also extend this facility for definite

Supplier's Credit for deferred payment exports

What is on offer?
Exim Bank offers Supplier's Credit in Rupees or in Foreign Currency at post-shipment
stage to finance export of eligible goods and services on deferred payment terms.

Supplier's Credit is available both for supply contracts as well as project exports; the
latter includes construction, turnkey or consultancy contracts undertaken overseas.

Who can seek finance?

Exporters can seek Supplier's Credit in Rupees/ Foreign Currency from Exim Bank in
respect of export contracts on deferred payment terms irrespective of value of export

What are the general terms of Supplier's Credit?

a. Extent of Supplier's Credit

100% of post-shipment credit extended by exporter to overseas buyer.

b. Currency of Credit
Supplier's Credit from Exim Bank is available in Indian Rupees or in Foreign

c. Rate of Interest
The rate of interest for Supplier's Credit in Rupees is a fixed rate and is available
on request. Supplier's Credit in Foreign Currency is offered by Exim Bank on a
floating rate basis at a margin over LIBOR dependent upon cost of funds.

d. Security
Adequate security by way of acceptable letter of credit and/or guarantee from a
bank in the country of import or any third country is necessary, as per RBI

Period of Credit and Repayment
Period of credit is determined for each proposal having regard to the value of contract,
nature of goods covered, security, competition. Repayment period for Supplier's Credit
facility is fixed coinciding with the repayment of post-shipment credit extended by Indian
exporter to overseas buyer. However, the Indian exporter will repay the credit to Exim
Bank as per agreed repayment schedule, irrespective of whether or not the overseas buyer
has paid the Indian exporter.

Overseas Buyer's Credit

Credit is offered directly to overseas buyer for a specific project/ contract.


Recent Headlines:

Shri T. C. Venkat Subramanian, Managing Director, Exim Bank of India, handed over a
cheque for Rs. 38 crores to Union Finance Minister, Shri Yashwant Sinha, representing
the dividend paid by the Bank to the Government for the year ended March 31, 2001. The
dividend payout amounts to 24.6 % of the Bank's net profit for the year 2000-01. The
profit before tax of the Bank for the year April 2000 to March 2001 amounted to Rs. 205
crores. The Bank has maintained one of the highest employee productivity in India. Its
profit before tax per employee for the year 2000-01 was Rs. 135 lacs.

Forfaiting - An Export Finance Option by EXIM

Forfaiting is a mechanism of financing exports.

• by discounting export receivables

• evidenced by bills of exchange or promissory notes

• without recourse to the seller (viz. exporter)

• carrying medium to long term maturities

• on a fixed rate basis (discount)

• upto 100 percent of the contract value.

The word `forfait' is derived from the French word `a forfait' which means the surrender
of rights.

Simply put, forfaiting is the non-recourse discounting of export receivables. In a

forfaiting transaction, the exporter surrenders, without recourse to him, his rights to claim
for payment on goods delivered to an importer, in return for immediate cash payment
from a forfaiter. As a result, an exporter in India can convert a credit sale into a cash sale,
with no recourse to the exporter or his banker.

What exports are eligible for forfaiting?

All exports of capital goods and other goods made on medium to long term credit are
eligible to be financed through forfaiting.

How does forfaiting work?

Receivables under a deferred payment contract for export of goods, evidenced by bills of
exchange or promissory notes, can be forfaited.

Bills of exchange or promissory notes, backed by co-acceptance from a bank (which

would generally be the buyer's bank), are endorsed by the exporter, without recourse, in
favour of the forfaiting agency in exchange for discounted cash proceeds. The banker's
co-acceptance is known as avalisation. The co-accepting bank must be acceptable to the
forfaiting agency.

Is there a prescribed format for the bills of exchange or promissory notes?

Yes. The bills of exchange or promissory notes should be in the prescribed format.

What role will Exim Bank play in forfaiting transactions?

The role of Exim Bank will be that of a facilitator between the Indian exporter and the
overseas forfaiting agency.

How will Exim Bank facilitate a forfaiting transaction?

On a request from an exporter, for an export transaction which is eligible to be forfaited,

Exim Bank will obtain indicative and firm forfaiting quotes - discount rate, commitment
and other fees - from overseas agencies.

Exim Bank will receive availed bills of exchange or promissory notes, as the case may
be, and send them to the forfaiter for discounting and will arrange for the discounted
proceeds to be remitted to the Indian exporter.

Exim Bank will issue appropriate certificates to enable Indian exporters to remit
commitment fees and other charges.

What does forfaiting cost include?

A forfaiting transaction has typically three cost elements;

• Commitment fee

• Discount fee

• Documentation fee

What benefits accrue to an exporter from forfaiting?

• Converts a deferred payment export into a cash transaction, improving

liquidity and cash flow

• Frees the exporter from cross-border political or commercial risks
associated with export receivables

• Finance up to 100 percent of the export value is possible as compared to

80-85 percent financing available from conventional export credit program

• As forfaiting offers without recourse finance to an exporter, it does not

impact the exporter's borrowing limits. Thus, forfaiting represents an
additional source of funding, contributing to improved liquidity and cash

• Provides fixed rate finance; hedges against interest and exchange risks
arising from deferred export credit

• Exporter is freed from credit administration and collection problems

• Forfaiting is transaction specific. Consequently, a long term banking

relationship with the forfaiter is not necessary to arrange a forfaiting

• Exporter saves on insurance costs as forfaiting obviates the need for

export credit insurance

• Simplicity of documentation enables rapid conclusion of the forfaiting


ECGC (Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited )
Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited, was established in the year 1957
by the Government of India to strengthen the export promotion drive by covering the risk
of exporting on credit.
Being essentially an export promotion organization, it functions under the administrative
control of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. It is managed by a Board of
Directors comprising representatives of the Government, Reserve Bank of India, banking,
insurance and exporting community. ECGC, the fifth largest credit insurer of the world in
terms of coverage of national exports. The present paid-up capital of the company is
Rs.340 crores, which is expected to be enhanced to Rs.500 crores by the year 2002.

What does ECGC do?

• provides a range of credit risk insurance covers to exporters against loss in export
of goods and services, and also

• offers guarantees to banks and financial institutions to enable exporters obtain

better facilities from them.

• Provides Overseas Investment Insurance to Indian companies investing in joint
ventures abroad in form of equity or loan.

How does ECGC help exporters?

ECGC provides

• insurance protection to exporters against payment risks

• guidance in export related activities

• provides information on credit-worthiness of overseas buyers

• provides information on about 180 countries with its own credit ratings

• makes it easy to obtain export finance from banks/financial institutions

• assists exporters in recovering bad debts

When should an exporter approach ECGC?

The point at which cover normally begins is the date of dispatch i.e. shipment Proposal
for a Standard Policy may be made at any time. For specific policies ECGC should be
approached well before shipments begin, preferably before concluding a contract.


The covers issued by ECGC can be divided broadly into four groups:
1) Standard Policy
2) Specific Policies
3) Financial Guarantees
4) Special Schemes

Shipments (Comprehensive Risks) Policy, which is commonly known as the
Standard Policy, is the one ideally suited to cover risks in respect of goods
exported on short term credit; i.e. credit not exceeding 180 days. The policy
covers both commercial and political risks from the date of shipment.

Risks covered under the policy :

Under the Shipments (Comprehensive Risks) Policy, the Corporation covers,
from the date of shipment, the following risks:
1) Commercial Risks

• Insolvency of the buyer

• Failure of the buyer to make the payment within a specified period, normally 4
months from the due date

• Buyer's failure to accept the goods, subject to certain conditions

2) Political Risks

• Imposition of restrictions by the Government of the buyer's country or any

Government action which may block the delay of transfer of payment made by
the buyer.

• War, civil war, revolution or civil disturbances in the buyer's country

• New import restrictions or cancellation of a valid import license

• Interruption or diversion of voyage outside India resulting in payment of
additional freight or insurance charges which cannot be recovered from the buyer.

• Any other cause of loss occurring outside India, not normally insured by general
insurers and beyond the control of both the exporter and the buyer.

Risks not covered

The policy does not cover losses due to the following risks:

• Commercial disputes including quality disputes raised by the buyer, unless the
exporter obtains a decree from a competent court of law in the buyer's country in
his favor.

• Causes inherent in the nature of the goods

• Buyer's failure to obtain necessary import or exchange authorization from

authorities in his country.

• Insolvency or default of any agent of the exporter or of the collecting bank.

• Loss or damage to goods which can be covered by general insurers

• Exchange rate fluctuation

• Failure of the exporter to fulfill the terms of export contract or negligence on his

Shipments Covered

The shipments (Comprehensive Risks) Policy is meant to cover all the shipments that
may be made by an exporter on credit terms during a period of 24 months ahead. In other
words, an exporter is required to offer for insurance each and every shipment that may be
made by him in the next 24 months on DP, DA or Open Delivery terms to buyers other
than his own associates. The Policy cannot be issued for selected shipments. selected
buyers or selected markets.


Where an exporter is dealing with several distinct items, ECGC may agree to exclude all
shipments of certain agreed items, provided that what is offered for insurance consists of
all items of an allied nature and offers the Corporation a reasonable portion of the
exporter's total business with a fair spread of risks.

Maximum Liability

As the policy is intended to cover all the shipments that may be made by an exporter in a
period of 24 months ahead, the Corporation will fix its Maximum Liability under each
policy. The Maximum Liability is the limit up to which ECGC would accept liability for
shipments made during the policy period for both commercial and political risks. It will
be advisable to estimate the maximum outstanding payments due from overseas buyers at
any one time during the policy period and to obtain the policy with maximum liability for
such a value. The maximum Liability fixed under the Policy can be enhanced
subsequently, if necessary.

Credit Limits

Commercial risks are covered subject to a Credit Limit approved by the Corporation
on each buyer to whom shipments are made on credit terms. The exporter has therefore
to apply for a suitable Credit Limit on each buyer. On the basis of its own judgment of
the creditworthiness of the buyer, as ascertained from credit reports obtained from banks
and specialized agencies abroad, the Corporation will approve a Credit Limit which is the
limit up to which it will pay claim on account of losses arising from commercial risks.
The Credit limit is a revolving limit and once approved it will hold good for all shipments
to the buyer as long as there is no gap of more than 12 months between the two
shipments. Credit limit is a limit on the Corporation's exposure on the buyer for
commercial risks and not a limit on the value of shipment that may be made to him.
Premium has, therefore, to be paid on the full value of each shipment even where the
value of the shipment or the total value of bills outstanding for payment is in excess of
the credit limit.

As the Credit Limit is indicative of the safe limit of credit that can be extended to
the buyer, it will be advisable for exporters to see that the total value of bills outstanding
with the buyer at any one time is not out of proportion to the Credit Limit. In cases where
the Credit Limit that the Corporation is prepared to grant is far lower than the value of
outstanding, exporters should discuss the problem with the Corporation.

Credit Limits need not be obtained if a shipment is made on D.P or C.A.D terms and
if the value of shipment does not exceed Rs. 10 lacs. Political as well as commercial risks
will stand automatically covered for such shipments, the only qualification being the
claims will not be paid on more than four buyers during the Policy period under this

Premium Rates

Depending on the combination of the payment term and the country group, the premium
may range from 0.07% to 3.5%. ECGC's premium rates are one of the lowest among
credit insurers in the world.

When does a claim become payable?

A claim could arise when the exporter suffers loss arising from any of the insured
risks and will be paid to the exporter immediately upon the loss being ascertained by the
Corporation. In case of insolvency of an overseas buyer, losses will be ascertained one
month after the exporter's claim is admitted to rank against the insolvent's estate or after
four months from the due date, whichever is earlier. In case of default by the buyer and
in all other cases, loss will be ascertained four months from the due date. Expenses
incurred by the exporter on account of additional handling, transport or insurance charges
because of interruption or diversion of voyage out side India could also form part of the
insured loss.

The Corporation normally pays 90% of the loss, whether it arises due to the commercial
risks or political risks. A lower percentage of cover may be offered in certain cases.

Sharing recovery with ECGC

All amounts recovered, net of recovery expenses, should be shared with ECGC in
the ratio in which the loss was originally shared. Receipt of a claim from ECGC does not
relieve an exporter from obligations to the Exchange Control Authority for recovering the
amount from the overseas buyer.

Small Exporter's Policy

ECGC issues a Small Exporter's Policy to exporters whose anticipated export

turnover for the next twelve months does not exceed Rs. 50 lakhs. For further
information about the scheme, feel free to contact ECGC.

Specific Policies

Specific Policies are designed to protect Indian firms against payment risks involved
in a) exports on deferred terms of payment b) services rendered to foreign parties and c)
construction works and turnkey projects undertaken abroad. These policies are issued
separately for each specific contract, and cover risks normally from the date of contract.

Financial Guarantees

Financial Guarantees are issued to banks in India to protect them from risks of loss
involved in their extending financial support at pre-shipment and post-shipment stages.
These also cover a host of non-fund based facilities that are extended to exporters.

Special Schemes

Transfer Guarantee meant to protect banks which add confirmation to Letters of Credit
opened by foreign banks, Insurance cover for Buyers Credit and Lines of Credit, and
Exchange Fluctuation Risk Insurance.

Overseas Investment Insurance

ECGC has evolved a scheme to provide protection for Indian investments abroad. Any
investments made by way of equity capital or untied loan for the purpose of setting up or
expansion of overseas projects will be eligible for cover under investment insurance.

The investments may be either in cash or in the form of export of Indian capital
goods and services. The cover will be available for the original investment together with
annual dividends or interest receivable.

The risks of war, expropriation and restriction on remittances are covered under the
schemes. As the investor would be having a hand in the management of the joint venture,
no cover for commercial risks would be provided under the scheme. For investment in
any country to qualify for investment insurance, there should preferably be a bilateral
agreement protecting investment of one country in the other. ECGC may consider
providing cover in the absence of any such agreement provided it is satisfied that the
general laws of the country afford adequate protection to the investments.

The period of insurance cover would not normally exceed 15 years. In case of
projects involving long construction periods, cover may be extended for a period of 15
years from the date of completion of the project subject to a maximum of 20 years from
the date of commencement of the investment. Amounts insured shall be reduced
progressively in the last five years of the insurance period.

1. What is Export-Import Bank of India? What are its objectives?
The Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) is a public sector financial institution
created by an Act of Parliament, the Export-import Bank of India Act, 1981. The
business of Exim Bank is to finance Indian exports that lead to continuity of foreign
exchange for India. The Bank's primary objective is to develop commercially viable
relationships with a target set of externally oriented companies by offering them a
comprehensive range of products and services, aimed at enhancing their
internationalisation efforts.

2. What is the place of Exim Bank in the institutional structure for financing
developmental needs?
There are apex institutions in the country, which deal with major economic activities, viz.
industry, agriculture and foreign trade. The Industrial Development Bank of India
extends term industrial loans; the National Bank for Agricultural loans; and the Exim
Bank extends term loans for foreign trade. All these institutions are wholesale banks.
They, therefore work closely with commercial banks and other state level financial
institutions that operate the retail banking system in the country.

3. What are the types of services provided by Exim Bank?

Exim Bank provides a range of analytical information and export related services. The
Bank's fee based services help identify new business propositions, source trade and
investment related information, create and enhance presence through joint network of
institutional linkages across the globe, and assists externally oriented companies in their
quest for excellence and globalisation. Services include search for overseas partners,
identification of technology suppliers, negotiating alliances, and development of joint
ventures in India and abroad. The Bank also supports Indian project exporters and
consultants to participate in projects funded by multilateral funding agencies.

4. How does Exim Bank support Indian consultants to secure assignments overseas?
Exim Bank encourages Indian consultants to gain and enhance their international
exposure by assisting them in securing assignments overseas.
Assignments are awarded under programme sponsored by International Finance
Corporation (IFC) in Washington to promote private sector development in select
countries and regions. Arrangements set in place cover:
• Africa Project Development Facility
• African Management Services Company
• Africa Enterprise Fund
• South-east Europe Enterprise Development Facility
• Mekong Project Development Facility
• Business Advisory and Technical Assistance Services (BATAS)
• Other Technical Assistance & Trust Funds
Exim Bank assists these agencies in the recruitment of Indian consultants and meets the
professional fees of the consultant selected by IFC.
Consultancy assignments undertaken comprise pre-feasibility studies, project and
investment related services, management information systems, operations and
maintenance support mainly for SMEs in a variety of sectors like agriculture, agro-
industry, consumer goods, light engineering, telecom.

5. What are the various types of financial facilities provided by Exim Bank to Indian
Companies for export of turnkey/ construction projects, export of services and
export of capital/ engineering goods & consumer durables ?
Exim Bank provides financial assistance to Indian Companies by way of a variety of
lending programmes, viz.,
• Bid Bond
• Advance Payment Guarantee
• Performance Guarantee
• Guarantee for release of Retention Money
• Guarantee for raising Borrowings Overseas
• Other guarantees
• Pre-shipment Rupee Credit
• Post-shipment Rupee Credit
• Foreign Currency Loan

• Overseas Buyer's Credit
• Lines of Credit
• Loan under FREPEC programme
• Refinance of Export Loans

6. How is Forfaiting useful as an export financing option ? What role does Exim
Bank play in a Forfaiting transaction ?
Forfaiting is a mechanism of financing exports by discounting export receivables
evidenced by bills of exchange/ promissory notes without recourse to the exporter.
Exim Bank plays the role of an intermediary for facilitating the forfaiting transaction
between the Indian exporter and the overseas forfaiting agency.

7. What are the various types of financial facilities provided by Exim Bank to Indian
Companies for export capability creation?
Exim Bank provides financial assistance to Indian Companies for export capability
creation by way of a variety of lending programmes, viz.,
• Lending Programme for Export Oriented Units
• Production Equipment Finance Programme
• Import Finance
• Export Marketing Finance Programme
• Lending Programme for Software Training Institutes
• Programme for Financing Research & Development
• Programme for Export Facilitation: Port Development
• Export Vendor Development Lending Programme
• Foreign Currency Pre-Shipment Credit
• Working Capital Term Loan Programme for Export Oriented units

8. What type of financial assistance is extended by Exim Bank in setting up joint

Assistance is extended to Indian Promoter Companies by way of programmes that
address to different requirements of the promoter company in setting up of the joint
• Overseas Investment Finance Programme for setting up joint ventures and
wholly owned subsidiaries abroad.
• Asian Countries Investment Partners (ACIP) Programme for creation of a
joint venture in India with East Asian countries, through four facilities that
address different stages of a project cycle.


Exim Bank Goes The Electronic Way :

Exim Bank has introduced an option to investors in its bonds to hold the same in
dematerialised form. The Bank has established connectivity with the National Securities
Depository Limited and Central Depository Services (India) Limited through its new
Transfer Agent, viz, NVs Datamatics Financial Software and Services Limited, with
effect from November 1, 2001.

As on October 31, 2001 there were 9 series of Exiin Bank bonds guaranteed by
Government of India (SLR Bonds) amounting to Rs. 526.45 crores and 8 series of Exim
Bank bonds (non-SLR Bonds) amounting to Rs. 1,800.00 crores. As a part of risk
management strategies and in an effort to average out the cost of funds, the Bank has
started tapping the debt market in tranches, in the current year. So far, in the current year
the Bank has raised Rs.250 crores of 5-year non-SLR Bonds at bench-mark pricing levels
ranging from 8.80% p.a. to 8.95% p.a. (payable annually). Apart from Bonds, the Bank
also issues Commercial Papers for period upto 1 year, Certificate of Deposits for period
from 1 to 3 years and Term Deposits for period from 1 to 5 years. All the above
instruments across the maturity spectrum have been assigned the highest credit rating by


Exim Bank has come out with a new study, titled "Business Practices of Successful
Indian Exporters." The book was released by the Union Commerce Secretary, Mr. Prabir
Sengupta, at a function jointly organised by Exiin Bank and the Federation of Indian
Export Organisations (FIEO), in New Delhi on September 14, 2001.

While a favourable trading environment may condition a firm's entry into the export
trade, long-term success, to a large extent, is determined by the efforts of the individual
firms. This is evident from the fact that even within sectors which have a high share of
the export basket, not all firms are successful exporters. This latest study from Exim
Bank, therefore, attempts to trace out the generic success factors/ business practices that
characterise successful exporters across export sectors,

The study focuses on six sectors: three traditional (apparel, spices and marine products)
and three nontraditional (pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals and auto-components). For
each of these sectors, the study offers an overview of the world trade environment and the
Indian export scenario, which serve as a backdrop for understanding the industry level

The study is based on a sample of 138 firms from 21 locations across the country,
ensuring adequate coverage and response. Detailed information was obtained and in-
depth interviews carried out in order to gain insights into the business practices followed
by the successful exporting firms in different sectors.

The study is based on a cluster analysis, which involves clubbing firms with similar
business practices into one cluster, and isolating the characteristics and imperatives for
such clusters in each sector. The set of business practices thus obtained was then
compared across the six sectors, to yield a set of common or ,generic' success factors that
would apply across sectors. The study, thereafter, highlights the need for transfer of
these business practices between firms, and identifies potential avenues for intervention
by policy makers and other agencies, for facilitating such a transfer. Some of the
recommended measures include awareness programmes, establishing an export-
information repository, and mechanisms for inter-industry learnings.

According to the study, twelve success factors/ business practices appear to be generic,
although varying in criticality and emphasis, across sectors. These are: global market
intelligence, strong global networking, direct relationship with buyers, clear product-
market strategy for exports, strong R & D skills, access to technology, competitive raw
material sourcing skills, world class manufacturing and quality standards, timely
execution of orders, moving up the global value chain, clear export thrust, and
entrepreneurial zeal.

The study firmly establishes that the days when firms could turn to the government for
support, subsidy or protection for their business are well and truly over. Exporters now
need to evolve their own strategies to meet the challenges of a dynamic business
environment, not only in India, but also at the global level. Export success therefore,
hinges more on firm dynamics than on government policies and regulations.

Exim Bank, UTI Bank Sign Business Tie-Up

Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) and UTI Bank Ltd., have announced a tie-up
for co-financing exports and export oriented companies, as also for providing value
added services to support the internationalisation efforts of small and medium-sized
externally oriented companies. The two Banks signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) to signal this joint initiative, on Monday, December 10, 2001, in Mumbai. Mr. T.
C. Venkat Subramanian, Managing Director of Exim Bank and Mr. P. J. Nayak,
Chairman & Managing Director of UTI Bank Ltd. signed the MOU.

Under the MOU, the institutions have agreed to:

• Jointly provide export credits and loans to exporter customers, consistent with
their respective operational policies and procedures.
• Offer available information and advisory services to assist corporate clients
seeking to create and enhance their international presence through exports,
technology and investment tie-ups.
• Co-operate in promotional activities, including exchange of information relating
to business and investment opportunities, organising seminars/ workshops and
exchange of faculty.

Exim Bank, with its overseas offices and institutional linkages with multilateral
institutions, export credit agencies, foreign banks, and trade and investment promotion
agencies in more than 28 countries, has in place a global network for promotion of India's
international trade and investment. Exim Bank's range of financing programmes cover
import of technology, strategic export marketing, equipment finance, project finance and
overseas investment finance, including equity investments in Indian ventures overseas.
Exim Bank's joint venture company, Global Trade Finance Pvt. Ltd., offers export
factoring / forfaiting services.

UTI Bank has a network of 116 branches and extension counters, which offer both
working capital and term loans to its exporter customers. The Bank also has a strong
network of 411 ATMs across 47 cities and towns in the country. Branches offer a full

range of services in corporate, retail and international banking, treasury management, and
merchant and investment banking.
For the half year ended 30th September, 2001, the total income of UTI Bank increased by
67% yoy to Rs. 733.53 crores. The net profit of the bank was Rs. 56.32 crores, up from
Rs. 35.17 crores for the first half of the previous year, representing a 60% rise .

Given the synergy of operations between the two institutions, this alliance will further the
consolidation of a one-stop, single banking window for exporters of goods and services.

Exchange Control Relating to Exports:

1. Export Import Code Number : every person/firm/company engaged in export

import business should obtain an Export Import Code number issued by the
DGFT . The exporter should invariably quote the code number in all
declarations/forms which are explained below:

2. Export Declaration forms:

As per Section 7 (1) (3) of FEMA , any export of goods from India should be
declared in the prescribed forms to the effect that full value of exports will be
realized within the prescribed period in the prescribed manner.

The prescribed forms which are used for the purposes are given below:

• GR Form : Exports made otherwise than by post.

• PP Form : Exports made by post parcel.

• Softex Form : Exports of software in non-physical form.

• SDF Form : On account of introduction of electronic

data inter change system at certain customs offices where shipping bills are
processed electronically.

3. Prescribed Time : The maximum time prescribed by RBI for realization of

export proceeds is six months from date of shipment . If the bills are not
realized within this time stipulated , the exporter should apply to RBI for
extension of time in a form called ETX form . All overdue bills which are not
realized within the due date will be reported to RBI in a half yearly statement.

4. Prescribed Method : The payment for export proceeds should be received

through the medium of Authorized Dealers (ADs) . In exceptional cases where
the track record of the exporter is good , ADs will accept the amount received
by exporters direct by cheque , DD etc.

The currency of the receipt of payment should be appropriate to the final
place of destination of the shipment as declared in the GR form irrespective of
the country residence of the buyer.

5. Submission of export documents : The exporter has to declare the value of the
goods of export to the customs in GR form and submit the form in duplicate
to them. After certication , the original will be retained by the customs for
onward transmission to RBI & the duplicate will be handed to the exporter .
As per exchange control regulations , the duplicate copy of GR form along with
the shipping documents should be submitted to the Authorized Dealers (ADs)
within 21 days of shipment. If the exporter receives advance payment for exports
for the full value , the ADs will release the GR form accordingly.

Remittances connected with exports :

• Remittance of Agency Commission : Agency commission can be remitted by the

ADs upto a maximum of 12.5% of invoice value provided it is declared &
approved by customs in exchange control forms.

• Reduction in Invoice Value : After the export bill has been negotiated or sent for
collection , if the invoice is to be reduced , ADs can approve the same if the
reduction does not exceed 10% of the invoice value.

• Claim Against Exports : Can also be upto 10% of invoice value which will be
cleared by Authorized Dealers .

Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMs)

This Agreement, negotiated during the Uruguay Round of WTO, applies only to
measures that affect trade in goods. Recognizing that certain investment measures can
have trade-restrictive and distorting effects, it states that no Member shall apply a
measure that is prohibited by the provisions of GATT Article III (national treatment)
or Article XI (quantitative restrictions). Examples of inconsistent measures, as spelled
out in the Annex's Illustrative List, include local content or trade balancing
requirements. The Agreement contains transitional arrangements allowing Members
to maintain notified TRIMs for a limited time following the entry into force of the
WTO (two years in the case of developed country Members, five years for developing
country Members, and seven years for least-developed country Members). The
Agreement also establishes a Committee on TRIMs to monitor the operation and
implementation of these commitments.

Summary of the TRIMs Agreement

The agreement recognizes that certain investment measures restrict and distort trade.
It provides that no contracting party shall apply any TRIM inconsistent with Articles
III (national treatment) and XI (prohibition of quantitative restrictions) of the GATT.
To this end, an illustrative list of TRIMs agreed to be inconsistent with these articles
is appended to the agreement. The list includes measures which require particular
levels of local procurement by an enterprise ("local content requirements") or which
restrict the volume or value of imports such an enterprise can purchase or use to an
amount related to the level of products it exports ("trade balancing requirements").

The agreement requires mandatory notification of all non-conforming TRIMs and

their elimination within two years for developed countries, within five years for
developing countries and within seven years for least-developed countries. It
establishes a Committee on TRIMs which will, among other things, monitor the
implementation of these commitments. The agreement also provides for
consideration, at a later date, of whether it should be complemented with provisions
on investment and competition policy more broadly.


Factoring may be defined as a contract by which the factor is to provide at least

two of the services (finance , the maintenance of accounts , the collection of
receivables and protection against credit risks) and the supplier is to assign to the
factor on a continuing basis by way of sale or security , receivables arising from
the sale of goods or supply of services .

Factoring offers smaller companies the instant cash advantage that was once available
only to large companies with high sales volumes. With factoring, there's no need for
credit or collection departments, and no need to spend your profits on maintaining
accounts receivables.

Simply put...factoring turns your receivable into cash today, instead of waiting to be paid
at a future date.

International export Factoring Scheme :

RBI has approved the above scheme evolved by SBI Factors and Commercial
Services Pvt. Ltd Mumbai for providing “International Export Factoring Services “
on “with recourse” basis. The salient features of the scheme are as follows:

a) An exporter should submit to SBI Factors & Commercial Services Pvt.Ltd i.e the
Export Factor (EF) a list of buyers (customers) indicating their names & street
addresses and his credit line needs .

b) The Import Factor (IF) located in the importers country selected by EF , will
rate the buyer’s list and the results will be reporter to the exporter through EF .
The exporter will apply for a credit limit in respect of overseas importer . IF
will grant credit line based on the assessment of credit-worthiness of the
overseas importer.

c) The exporter will thereafter enter into an export factoring agreement with EF.
All export receivable will be assigned to the EF , who in turn will asiign them to

d) The exporter will ship merchandise to approved foreign buyers . Each invoice is
made payable to a specific factor in the buyer’s (importer) country . Copies of
invoices & shipping documents should be sent to IF through EF. EF will make
prepayment to the exporter against approved export receivables.

e) EF will report the transaction in relevant ENC statement detailing full particulars
, such as Exporter’s Code No. ,GR Form Number , Custom No . Currency ,
Invoice value etc.

f) On receipt of payments from buyers on the due date of invoice , IF will remit
funds to EF who will convert foreign currency remittances into rupees and
will transfer proceeds to the exporter after after deducting the amount of
prepayments, if made. Simultaneously , EF will report the transaction in the
relative ‘R’ return enclosing duplicate copy of the respective GR form duly
certified . The payment received will be the net payment after deduction of a
service fee which ranges from 0.5 % to 2% of the value of the invoices.

g) If an approved buyer (importer) is unable to pay the proceeds of exports , IF

will pay the receivables to EF , 100 days after the due date. The transactions of
this nature will be reported by EF in the half yearly XOS statements to be
submitted to RBI , indicating therein the reasons for delay /non payment .

Monetary And Credit Policy 2001-02 dated 22.10.01

The major features Relating to Exports in this mid term policy are as follows:

On account of global slowdown , exports have not done well during the current year
& imports increased by 2.5% as against an increase of 13.8% last year . Trade
deficit in the first 5 months of the current financial year at US $ 4.6 billion was
higher than that of US $3.7 billion in the same period last year.

The Governor recalled that as part of the efforts to provide support to exporters
during the prevailing period of global uncertainty , the Reserve Bank advised
reduction in ceiling interest rates on rupee export credit by 1% point across the
board for a period of 6 months. Taking into account forward premia , the effective
interest cost on rupee export credit is only 3.0- 4.0 percent (assuming a forward
premia of 5.0% ) which is internationally competitive. Similarly , exporters are free to
avail of foreign currency loans in the currency of their choice at internationally
competitive rates.

In the past several measures have been introduced to ensure timely delivery of
credit to exporters at reasonable cost and removal of procedural hassles. RBI
Governor has mentioned the work of the survey on exporters ‘ satisfaction has been
launched by the National Council Of Applied Research (NCAER) New Delhi.

July 2,2001 High Court Ruling :

Export Losses not Entitled to tax concessions

In a landmark judgement , the Mumbai High court ruled that only profit
from exports is entitled to tax concessions under Section 80HHC of the Income
tac act. Losses are not to be considered for deduction under Section 80 HHC , the
court ruled. The division bench comprising of Justice S H Kapadia & Justice V C
Daga , gave this ruling on 2.7.2001 , in an appeal filed by Ipca Labs against and
order by the Income Tax Appelate Tribunal.

Case Details : The HC had to decide whether the loss incurred in export of goods
was to be ignored while determining the appellant’s entitlement to deduction u/sec
80 HHC (3) c of I-T Act . In this case , Ipca’s export income contained 2 parts : One
that resulted in Profit and the other that resulted in losses . Ipca claimed deductions
for the profit it had made in the export of goods manufactured by it , even though
it made a loss in the export of goods made by other manufacturers .

The company claimed that the loss it had incurred should be ignored because the
loss was in export of gods made by others , the benefits of which had been
surrendered by the company in favour of the supporting manufacturers.

The It dept on the other hand , took a stand that profit & loss should be
aggregated & only the balance is entitled for deductions. As per the department ,
the result was a net loss from the export of goods , in the case of Ipca. As a result
the company did not get any benefit under Section 80 HHC.

Ipca’s return indicated a net loss from the export of goods - loss from goods
manufactured by supporting manufacturing at Rs.6.86 crore and profits from export
of goods manufactured by it at Rs.3.78 crore. In its ruling the high court said:

However , the argument is that because of the disclaimer , the loss on the export
of trading goods amounting to Rs.6.86 crore be ignored and only the profits from the
self manufactured goods at Rs.3.78 crore alone should be taken into account. This is
an ingenious method because if this argument is accepted then the supporting
manufacturers as well as the exporting house would both be entitled to the benefits
of tax concessions or deductions under Section 80 HHC.

Learnings/Suggestions through this project :

♦ Export Finance is a very important branch to study & understand the overall
gamut of the international finance market .

♦ Availability of favourable Export finance schemes directly impacts the local trade,
encourages exporters , enlarges markets abroad , improves quality of domestic
goods and overall helps the nation boost its exchange earnings .

♦ The Government of any nation plays a very vital role in boosting export turnover .
The credit policy of the Indian Government is also changed depending upon the
needs of the exporters , global trade environment etc. The credit policy of Oct 2001 is
a pointer in this direction.

♦ A lot of efforts are taken by ECGC and EXIM Bank for Export promotion . The
stategies of these 2 agencies in India should be flexible & their finance schemes
should be constantly synchronised with the changing scene of world trade . This
alone can help Indian exporters to stand competition in world markets effectively
and more gain-fully.

♦ Finally ,a very essential question needs to be answered by the International Trade

gurus with reference to “Relevance of EXIM Policy in the current times”. Exim
policies had emerged when the state decided to limit imports and encourage
exports in order to maintain currency reserves . However , such ideas backfired:
consumers were hurt and producers turned lazy .

Hence its time the experts/gurus answer the following queries:

a) Should the state get out of the way of trade?

b) Is the protection inherent in the new EXIM policy good for the country?
c) Would India be a major exporter if only she was equipped with a working

An appropriate , rational and feasible reply to the above three questions matched
with devoted & sincere implementation by the governments will go a long way in
making India a powerhouse for international trade in the years to come …….

Books/Magazines/Article Referred:

Export –What Where & How By Paras Ram
♦ A Guide to Export By M .I .Mahajan
♦ ECGC Services Manual
♦ RBI Mid term review for year 2001-02
♦ Economic Times
♦ Financial Express
♦ Business Standard