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RBI asks exporters to sell 50% of forex earnings

In respect of all future forex earnings, an exchange earner is eligible to retain 50% as against the previous limit of 100% in non-interest bearing EEFC accounts while the balance 50% shall be surrendered for conversion to rupee balances

Mumbai: In order to arrest the declining value of the rupee, the Reserve Bank of India on Thursday asked exporters to sell 50% of their retained foreign exchange earning, reports PTI. The central bank has also fixed limit for intra-day trading of foreign currency by banks.

"On a review of the scheme, it has been decided that 50% of the balances in the Exchange Earners' Foreign Currency Account (EEFC) accounts should be converted forthwith into rupee balances and credited to the rupee accounts as per the directions of the account holder," RBI said in a notification.

In respect of all future forex earnings, an exchange earner is eligible to retain 50% (as against the previous limit of 100%) in non-interest bearing EEFC accounts, it said. The balance 50% shall be surrendered for conversion to rupee balances, it added.

As per the existing rules, an exporter is allowed to retain 100% of their earning into foreign currency.

EEFC is an account maintained in foreign currency with a bank. It is a facility provided to the foreign exchange earners, including exporters, to credit 100% of their foreign exchange earnings to the account. The account holders do not have to convert foreign exchange into Rupees and vice versa, thereby minimising the transaction costs.

Following a series of actions by the central bank, the rupee today recovered by a hefty 60 paise to 53.24 against the US dollar in early trade from yesterday's close of 53.82.

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