RBI/2011-12/200---A.P. (DIRSeries) Circular No. 26 dated 23 Sep 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
BRIDGE FINANCE UNDER ECB NOW CAN BE AVAILED BY INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANIES
Considering the specific needs of the infrastructure sector, the existing ECB policy has been reviewed in consultation with the Government of India and it has been decided to allow Indian companies which are in the infrastructure sector, where “infrastructure” is as defined under the extant guidelines on External Commercial Borrowings (ECB), to import capital goods by availing of short term credit (including buyers’ / suppliers’ credit) in the nature of 'bridge finance', under the approval route, subject to the following conditions:-
(i) the bridge finance shall be replaced with a long term ECB;
(ii) the long term ECB shall comply with all the extant ECB norms; and
(iii) prior approval shall be sought from the Reserve Bank for replacing the bridge finance with a long term ECB.
3. The designated AD - Category I bank shall monitor the end-use of funds and banks in India will not be permitted to provide any form of guarantees. The designated AD - Category I bank shall evidence the import of capital goods by verifying the Bill of Entry. All other conditions of ECB, such as eligible borrower, recognized lender, all- in-cost, average maturity, prepayment, refinancing of existing ECB and reporting arrangements shall remain unchanged and should be complied with.