India's Diamond Imports' Get 180 Days' Credit

RBI-logoMumbai, 8th July: The Reserve Bank has relaxed norms governing import of rough, cut and polished diamonds by doubling the credit time period to 180 days.

“…it has been decided, in consultation with the government, that the Clean Credit i.e. credit given by a foreign supplier to its Indian customer/ buyer, without any Letter of Credit (Suppliers’ Credit)/Letter of Undertaking (Buyers’ Credit)/Fixed Deposits from any Indian financial institution for import of rough, cut and polished diamonds, may be permitted for a period not exceeding 180 days from the date of shipment,” RBI said in a notification. Earlier, the time frame was of 90 days.

The RBI said the revised directions will come into force with immediate effect. The decision was taken after consideration of the representations received from the diamond importers and GJEPC (Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council), the RBI said.

The RBI also directed banks to ensure that due diligence is undertaken and Know-Your-Customer (KYC) Norms and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Standards, issued by it are adhered to while undertaking the import transactions. Further, “any large or abnormal increase in the volume of business should be closely examined to ensure that the transactions are bonafide.”

It also said all other instructions relating to imports of rough, cut and polished diamonds shall continue.