- SBP allows import of US dollars against export consignments.
- Exchange companies must ensure compliance with all laws.
- ECAP General Secretary Zafar Paracha welcomes the move.
KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has removed restrictions on importing US dollars, allowing exchange companies to import cash, if needed, against the value of their export consignments.
In a circular, the central bank said the exchange companies, on a need basis, may import cash US dollars against the value of their export consignments of permissible foreign currencies “within five working days, through reputed cargo/security companies”.
“This arrangement shall initially be in place till December 31, 2023 and will be subject to the condition that total cash US dollars imported by an exchange company during this period shall not exceed 50% of the value of its export consignments.”
The central bank mentioned that exchange companies must ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations, including those of the jurisdiction from where US dollars are being imported.
“Exchange companies shall ensure that all transactions related to import of cash shall be properly reflected in their books of accounts.”
Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP) General Secretary Zafar Paracha said the central bank’s move would help in bridging the gap between the open market and interbank rates.
“The state bank’s [decision] to allow dollar imports will help the country overcome dollar shortage. This is a welcome step,” Paracha added.