A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.103
February 14, 2014
All Scheduled Commercial Banks which are Authorised Dealers (ADs) in
Foreign Exchange/ All Agencies nominated for import of gold
Madam / Sir,
Import of Gold / Gold Dore by Nominated Banks /Agencies/Entities - Clarifications
Attention of Authorised Persons is drawn to the Reserve Bank's A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 25 dated August 14, 2013; andA.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 73 dated November 11, 2013 on the captioned subject.
2. Government of India and the Reserve Bank of India have been receiving representations related to Advance Authorisation (AA) / Duty Free Import Authorisation (DFIA). Taking into account these representations and in consultation with the Government of India, it has been decided to issue the following clarifications which come into force with immediate effect:
a) In case of AA / DFIA issued before August 14, 2013, the condition of sequencing imports prior to exports shall not be insisted upon even in case of entities / units in the SEZ and EoUs, Premier and Star Trading Houses.
b) The imports made as part of the AA/DFIA scheme will be outside the purview of the 20:80 scheme. Such Imports will be accounted for separately and will not entitle the Nominated Agency/ Banks/Entities for any further import.
c) The Nominated Banks / Agencies / Entities may make available gold to the exporters (other than AA/DFIA holders) operating under the Replenishment Scheme. They can resort to import of gold for the purpose, if considered necessary. However, such import will be accounted for separately and will not entitle them for any further import.
d) Import of gold in the third lot onwards will be lesser of the two:
i. Five times the export for which proof has been submitted; or
ii. Quantity of gold permitted to a Nominated Agency in the first or second lot.
A revised working example of the operations of 20:80 scheme envisaged in terms of the revised instructions is given in theAnnex.
3. Further with reference to A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 82 dated December 31, 2013 on import of Gold Dore, it is clarified that:
i) The refiners are allowed to import Gold Dore of 15% of their licence for each of the first two months.
ii) In case, the quantity has already been identified by DGFT for first two lots, import of such quantity will be in compliance with the guidelines issued vide A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 82 dated December 31, 2013.
iii) DGFT, through a notification, may include new refiners, and fix licence quantity for them.
4. Authorised Dealers may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers concerned.
5. The directions contained in this circular have been issued under Section 10(4) and Section 11(1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999 (42 of 1999), and are without prejudice to permissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.
(Rudra Narayan Kar)
Chief General Manager-in-Charge