Interest Equalisation Scheme

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Overview:

The Department of Commerce has extended the Interest Equalisation Scheme for pre- and post-shipment rupee export credit for Micro, Small and Medium-scale (MSME) exporters till August 31.

About Interest Equalisation Scheme: 

  • It was first implemented on 1st April, 2015, to provide pre- and post-shipment export credit to exporters in rupees.
  • It was initially valid for 5 years, up to 31.3.2020. The scheme has been continued thereafter, including a one-year extension during COVID and further extensions and fund allocations. 
  • Implementing agency: It is being implemented by the RBI through various Public and non-Public Sector banks who provide pre- and post-shipment credit to the exporters. 
  • The Scheme is jointly monitored by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and the RBI through a consultative mechanism.
  • The scheme helps the identified export sectors to be internationally competitive and to achieve a high level of export performance.
  • Features:
    • An eligible exporter has to submit a certification from the external auditor to the concerned bank to claim this benefit.
    • Banks provide IES benefits to the eligible exporters and claim a reimbursement from the RBI based on the external auditor certification furnished by the exporter.
    • Currently, the Scheme provides an interest equalisation benefit at the rate of 2% on pre- and post-shipment rupee export credit to merchant and manufacturer exporters of 410 identified tariff lines at 4-digit level and 3% to all MSME manufacturer exporters. 
    • The Scheme has now been made fund-limited, and the benefit to individual exporters has been capped at Rs 10 Crore per annum per IEC (Import Export Code). 
    • In addition, the banks that lend to exporters at an average rate of more than Repo + 4% would be debarred under the Scheme.

Q1: What is the Directorate General of Foreign Trade?

It is a government organization in India responsible for the formulation of exim guidelines and principles for Indian importers and Indian exporters of the country.

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