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BB relaxes rules on forex forward buy-sale

Siddique Islam | November 01, 2018 00:00:00

The central bank has relaxed regulations on forward sale and purchase of foreign exchange (forex) to bring dynamism in hedging transactions, officials said.

Following the relaxations, non-deliverable forward (NDF) contracts will be facilitated to minimise exchange rate risk in the market.

Besides, customers are allowed to receive their exchange gains after closing forward deals.

Earlier, exchange gains, if any, on cancellation were not passed on to customers.

"It's a forward step that will help the clients, who have long-term hedging requirements," a senior treasury official of a commercial bank told the FE.

Such relaxations will help foreign contractors or service providers to get an additional tool for hedging long-term forex risk exposures, he explained.

"We expect that it will increase forward transactions in the forex market in the near future," the treasury official added.

Talking to the FE, a senior official of Bangladesh Bank (BB) said it will also help facilitate the country's overall business activities through minimising forex transaction risks.

Under the flexibility, forward contracts may be renewed/rolled over/extended for new delivery period at the prevailing market rate, provided the authorized dealers (ADs) are satisfied with documentary evidences that the customers are unable to carry out the contracts due to changes in the actual requirements or other valid exigencies.

In such cases, when both cancellation and re-booking of forward contracts are undertaken simultaneously, gain to customers, if any thereon, to be passed on to them at the time of entering into new arrangement, according to a notification, issued recently by Bangladesh Bank (BB).

"Such gains favouring the customers will be retained in their margin accounts till the close of the underlying transactions."

The notification also said balances held in the accounts may be utilised by the ADs for realising dues from the customers for this purpose.

"It is permissible to book short-term NFD contracts with roll-over flexibility till maturity for ultimate settlement on deliverable basis against underlying transactions having long tenure," it added.

The forward contracts booked under the facility are normally deliverable at maturity. Exchange gains, if any, on cancellation are not passed on to customers.

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