SBP facilitates exports against advance payment

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has amended framework related to trade based money laundering in order to facilitate receiving export payment.

The SBP on Monday issued amendment to Framework for Managing Risks of Trade Based Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.

The central bank invited attention of the banks and exchange companies to FE Circular No. 04 dated October 14, 2019 regarding the above subject.

The SBP said that in order to facilitate export against advance payment, the Para 6(b)(i)(e) of the Framework for Managing Risks of Trade Based Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing has been amended as under:

“e) Guideline at (a)(c) & (d) above shall be followed while making declaration on Advance Payment Voucher (Appendix V-14). Moreover, it shall be ensured by ADs that in case of exports against advance payment, declaration made on EFE/MFE is strictly in accordance with the particulars declared on Advance Payment Voucher including the name of the consignee. In case advance payment is received from an entity other than the consignee, the ADs shall ensure the same is verified through a swift message or underlying contract and the related risks, including the risk of under/over invoicing are adequately addressed.”

Prior to amendment the paragraph was read as:

“e) Guideline at (a)(c) & (d) above shall be followed while making declaration on Advance Payment Voucher (Appendix V-14). Moreover, it shall be ensured by ADs that in case of advance payment export, declaration made on EFE/MFE is strictly in accordance with the particulars declared on Advance Payment Voucher and name of consignee declared on EFE/MFE is of the same entity from which the advance payment is received.”

The SBP said that all other terms and conditions on the subject shall remain unchanged.

Further, the instructions related to advance remittance for export of fresh fruits/vegetables as contained in Para 27, Chapter 12 of Foreign Exchange Manual shall also remain unchanged.

Authorized Dealers are advised to bring the same to the notice of all their constituents.

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