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Thursday, June 5, 2008

[FEMA]ECB by Services Sector <= USD 100million - Approval Route

Dear All,
External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) by Services Sector -Liberalization

As per present ECB guidelines, borrowers in the services sector are not eligible to avail ECB under the Automatic Route.

Vide A P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 46 dated 2nd June 2008, It has been decided, in consultation with the Government of India, to allow entities in the service sector viz. hotels, hospitals and software companies to avail ECB up to USD 100 million, per financial year, for the purpose of import of capital goods under the Approval Route. All other aspects of ECB policy shall remain unchanged.

It is also clarified that the existing guidelines on trade credit, allowing companies including those in the services sector, to avail trade credit up to USD 20 million per import transaction, for a period less than 3 years, for import of capital goods, shall continue.

This amendment to ECB guidelines will come into force with immediate effect.

Necessary amendments to the Foreign Exchange Management (Borrowing or Lending in Foreign Exchange) Regulations, 2000 dated May 3, 2000 are being issued separately.

Also you can refer earlier AP DIR Circulars (A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 87 dated April 17, 2004].  A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 5 dated August 1, 2005 for your better understanding.

Thanks & Regards
Investment Banking
Karvy Investor Services Limited
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