Interest Equalisation Scheme on Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit

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    Interest Equalisation Scheme on Pre & Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit with effect from 1st April, 2015 for five years 

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given approval for Interest Equalisation Scheme (earlier Interest Subvention Scheme) on Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit w.e.f. 01-04-2015 for five years. The scheme will be evaluated after three years.

    The following are the features of the Interest Equalisation Scheme:

    1. The rate of interest equalisation would be 3 percent. The scheme would be available to all exports of MSME and 416 tariff lines. Scheme would not be available to merchant exporters.
    2. The duration of the scheme would be five years with effect from 1.4.2015.
    3. The scheme would be funded from the funds available with Department of Commerce under non-plan during 2015-16 and the restructured scheme would be funded from plan side from 2016-17 on wards,
    4. Ministry of Commerce & Industry may place funds in advance with RBI for requirement of one month and reimbursement can be made on a monthly basis through a revolving fund system,
    5. On  completion  of three years of operation  of the  scheme,   Department of Commerce may initiate a study on impact of the scheme on export promotion and its further continuation. The study may be done through one of the IIMs.

    The operational instructions of the scheme would be issued by RBI.

    Financial implication of the proposed scheme is estimated to be in the range of Rs. 2500 crore to Rs. 2700 crore per year. However, the actual financial implication would depend on the level of exports and the claims filed by the exporters with the banks. Funds to the tune of Rs. 1625 crore under Non-plan Head of account are available under Demand of Grants for 2015-2016, which would be made available to RBI during 2015-16.

    The scheme will help the identified export sectors to be internationally competitive and achieve higher level of export performance.

    The scheme covers mostly labour intensive and employment generating sectors   like   processed   agriculture/food   items,   handicrafts,   handmade   carpet (including silk), handloom products, coir and coir manufactures, jute raw and yarn and other jute manufactures, readymade garments and made ups covered under Chapter 61-63, fabrics of all types, toys, sports goods, paper and stationary, Cosmetics and Toiletries, Leather Goods and footwear, Ceramics and Allied  Products, Glass and Glassware, Medical and Scientific Instruments, Optical Frames, Lenses, Sunglasses Etc., Auto Components/Parts, Bicycle & Parts, Articles of Iron or Steel (Notified lines), Misc. Articles of base metals (Notified lines), Industrial Machinery, Electrical and Engineering items, 1C Engine, Machine tools, Parts (Notified lines), Electrical Machinery and Equipment (Notified lines), Telecom Instruments (Notified lines) and all items manufactured by SMEs other than those covered above.

    The list of 416 tariff lines is given below:

    S.No.

     

    Sector

     

    Coverage

     

    No of HS4 lines

    1

     

    Process agriculture/Food items

     

    All lines

     

    22

     

    2

     

    Handicraft

     

    All lines

     

    37

     

    3

     

    Carpet (Excl. Silk) Handmade

     

    All lines

     

    5

     

    4

     

    Handloom Products

     

    All lines

     

    2

     

    5

     

    Coir & Coir Manufactures

     

    All lines

     

    5

     

    6

     

    Jute Raw, Yarn

     

    All lines

     

    2

     

    7

     

    Other Jute Manufactures

     

    All lines

     

    1

     

    8

     

    Readymade Garments and Made ups ( Ch 61-63)

     

    All lines 42

     

    9

     

    Fabric of all types

     

    All lines

     

    33

     

    10

     

    Toys

     

    All lines

     

    1

     

    11

     

    Sports Goods

     

    All lines

     

    8

     

    12

     

    Paper, Stationary

     

    All lines

     

    8

     

    13

     

    Cosmetics and Toiletries

     

    All lines

     

    8

     

    14

     

    Leather Goods and footwear

     

    All lines

     

    7

     

    15

     

    Ceramics and Allied Products

     

    All lines

     

    12

     

    16

     

    Glass and Glassware

     

    All lines

     

    17

     

    17

     

    Medical and Scientific Instruments ,

     

    All lines

     

    15

     

    18

     

    Optical Frames, Lenses, Sunglasses Etc

     

    All lines

     

    4

     

    19

     

    Auto Components/Parts

     

    All lines

     

    6

     

    20

     

    Bicycle & Parts

     

    All lines

     

    3

     

    21

     

    Articles of Iron or Steel

     

    Notified lines

     

    20

     

    22

     

    Misc. Articles of base metals

     

    Notified lines

     

    10

     

    23

     

    Industrial Machinery, Electrical and Engineering items, 1C Engine, Machine tools, Parts

     

    Notified lines

     

    141

     

    24

     

    Electrical Machinery and Equipment

     

    Notified lines

     

    1

     

    25

     

    Telecom Instruments

     

    Notified lines

     

    6

     

    26

     

    All items manufactured by SMEs other than those covered above

     

    All lines

     

     

     

     

     

    Grand Total

     

     

     

    416

     

     

    Source: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=131591

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