SBP allows importers to advance payment, open account without limit

05:18 PM | 25 Mar, 2020
SBP allows importers to advance payment, open account without limit

ISLAMABAD - State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Wednesday allowed importer to advance payment and open account without any limit for the import 0f medical equipment, medicines and other ancillary items for the treatment of COVID-19.

According to a press release issued here, all federal and provincial government departments, hospitals in public and private sectors, charitable organizations, manufacturers and commercial importers can make Advance Payment and Import on Open Account, without any limit.

Further, the banks have been allowed to approve Electronic Import Form (EIF) for import of the equipment, donated by international donor agencies and foreign governments to facilitate their seamless and speedy imports.

The numbers of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan were increasing.

An effective strategy to fight against the menace of COVID-19 requires timely availability of needed equipment.

In the backdrop of the unprecedented spread of the deadly virus, SBP has taken these measures to facilitate the import of much-needed equipment in a seamless manner.

SBP has also accordingly revised its existing foreign exchange regulations for import of goods against Advance Payment and Open Account.

State Bank as a responsible state institution would continue to provide its needed support in the nation’s drive to fight against the menace of COVID-19.