How does Banks in India regulates by operating on import of Gold

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According to Reserve Bank of India update as on 31st May, 2022, the directions on How does Banks in India regulates by operating on import of Goldis given below: 

C.11 Import of Gold

C.11.1 Import of Gold.

i. The 20:80 scheme of import of gold was withdrawn on November 28, 2014. However, the obligation to export under the 20:80 scheme would apply to the unutilised gold imported before November 28, 2014.

ii. Nominated banks and nominated agencies, as notified by DGFT, are permitted to import gold on consignment basis. In addition to the above, qualified jewellers as notified by International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) will be permitted to import gold under specific ITC (HS) Codes through India International Bullion Exchange IFSC Limited (IIBX). All sale of gold domestically will, however, be against upfront payment. Nominated banks are free to grant gold metal loans.

iii. The Status Holder Exporters shall adhere to the guidelines contained in extant Foreign Trade Policy, as amended from time to time.

iv. The import of gold coins and medallions is permitted. However, prohibition on sale of gold coins and medallions by banks continues pending further review.

Head Offices / International Banking Divisions of AD Category - I banks shall henceforth submit the following statements under XBRL system from October 2014 onwards. (a) Statement on half yearly basis (end March / end September), showing the quantity and value of gold imported by the nominated banks/ agencies/ qualified jewellers/ EOUs/ SEZs in Gem & Jewellery Sector, mode of payment-wise. (b) Statement on monthly basis showing the quantity and value of gold imports by the nominated agencies (other than the nominated banks)/ EOUs/ qualified jewellers/ SEZs in Gem & Jewellery sector during the month under report as well as the cumulative position as at the end of the said month beginning from the 1st month of the Financial Year. Both the statements shall be submitted, even if there is 'Nil' position, by the 10th of the following month / half year, to which it relates.

C.11.2. Import of Gold Jewellery Including Jewellery Made of Precious Metals or/and Studded With Diamonds / Precious Stones /Semi-precious.

Suppliers’ and Buyers’ credit (trade credit) including the usance period of Letters of Credit opened for import of gold in any form, including jewellery made of gold/precious metals or/and studded with diamonds/semi- precious/precious stones, should not exceed 90 days from the date of shipment.

C.11.3. Import of Gold by Qualified Jewellers as notified by IFSCA

i. The following directions enable resident Qualified Jewellers to import gold through IIBX or any other exchange approved by IFSCA and DGFT, Government of India:

  1. AD banks may allow Qualified Jewellers to remit advance payments for eleven days for import of gold through IIBX in compliance to the extant Foreign Trade Policy and regulations issued under IFSC Act. AD banks shall ensure that advance remittance for such import through exchange/s authorised by IFSCA shall be as per the terms of the sale contract or other document in the nature of an irrevocable purchase order in terms of IFSC Act and regulations made thereunder by IFSCA. AD bank shall carry out all the due diligence and ensure the remittances sent are only for the bona fide import transactions through exchange/s authorised by IFSCA.
  2. The advance remittance for import of Gold should not be leveraged in what-so-ever form for importing Gold worth more than the advance remittance made.
  3. In case the import of Gold through IFSCA authorised exchange, for which advance remittance has been made, does not materialise, or the advance remittance made for the purpose is more than the amount required, the unutilized advance remittance shall be remitted back to the same AD bank within the specified time limit of eleven days.
  4. For gold imported through IIBX, QJ shall submit the Bill of Entry (or any other such applicable document issued/approved by Customs Department for evidence of import), issued by Customs Authorities to the AD bank from where advance payment has been remitted.
  5. All payments by Qualified Jewellers for imports of gold through IIBX, shall be made through exchange mechanism as approved by IFSCA in terms of IFSC Act and regulations. Any deviation from the extant guidelines for import of Gold through IIBX need to be approved in advance by IFSCA and other applicable and appropriate authority/ies.

ii. IFSC Authority (IFSCA) will conduct all required due diligence on the exchange – IIBX including all other entities involved in enabling import of Gold by QJs in terms of the IFSCA regulations. IFSCA shall also put in place necessary system to ensure that the advance remittance received from QJs are solely for the purpose for import of gold through IIBX.

iii. AD bank shall ensure that:

  1. all required documentation, custom duty related procedures and filing Bill of Entry (BoE) as evidence of import, etc. is complete for the import of gold by QJ within the specified applicable period.
  2. single/multiple ORMs created and matched with corresponding BoEs and closed appropriately in IDMPS.
  3. the importer – that is QJs comply with the related extant instructions relating to imports under FEMA, 1999, FTDR Act 1992, Foreign Trade Policy and regulations of IFSCA.

AD banks may frame their own internal guidelines to deal with such cases, with the approval of their Board of Directors.

iv. Reporting requirement by AD banks

  1. AD bank shall create Outward Remittance Message (ORM) for all such outward remittances in IDPMS in terms of extant guidelines.
  2. All these transactions need to be reported in FETERS in terms of extant guidelines.
  3. AD bank shall report the import of gold through QJ in XBRL as prescribed at para C.11.1 above.

v. The above mentioned arrangement is for the sole purpose of facilitating physical import of gold through IIBX or any similar exchange authorised by IFSCA, by Qualified Jewellers in India.


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