Discontinuation of automatic caution-listing to provide big relief to exporters: FIEO

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The Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) has welcomed the Reserve Bank of India’s decision to discontinue automatic caution-listing of exporters saying it will provide a big relief to them.

“Accepting the request to do away with automatic caution-listing will provide relief to exporters particularly since in a large number of cases the entries remain non-updated at the end of Authorised Dealer (AD) Banks due to numerous factors. The onus will be on AD Banks to update exports remittance and if payment is not realised, to report the same to RBI for appropriate action, said Sharad Kumar Saraf, President, FIEO.

He added, “the new mechanism strikes a nice balance between the responsibilities of exporters and bankers while simultaneously ensuring that realization of exports proceeds is constantly monitored.”

FIEO President also said automatic caution-listing of exporters was a threat, more so, since the outbreak of coronavirus as exporters were not in a position to approach banks physically to get export realization entries updated in the EDPMS Module.

He noted that “the changes made in the EDPMS making it more user-friendly and equitable basing it on the case-specific recommendations of the AD banks will further bring ease in the working of the exporting community. The Reserve Bank of India introduced the Export Data Processing and Monitoring System (EDPMS) in 2014 for all banks to bring their transactions with the exporters online.”

Hailing RBI’s Monetary Policy Statement 2020-21, the FIEO Chief said that the exporters appreciated the bank’s intent to enhance liquidity support for financial markets so as to revive activity in targeted sectors of the economy, besides providing a boost to the exports sector.

According to the automatic caution-listing exporters were to be caution-listed automatically, if any shipping bill against them remained outstanding for more than two years in EDPMS and no extension was granted for the realization of export proceeds against the outstanding shipping bill.

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