BSC- Foreign Exchange Operations Department   


State Bank of Pakistan, Banking Services Corporation (Bank) came into existence after bifurcation of State Bank of Pakistan under SBP Banking Services Corporation Ordinance 2001 promulgated by President of Pakistan. It started operations from the 2nd January 2002. Consequent upon establishment of SBP, BSC (Bank), the Exchange Policy Department of the then State Bank of Pakistan was bifurcated into two Departments. The operation side come under the jurisdiction of the SBP, BSC, Bank, and H.O.Karachi and is functioning as a full-fledged Department. The Policy side was shifted to the State Bank of Pakistan and working as a full-fledged Department.Incidently, title of both the Departments is Exchange Policy Department.

The business process and role of this Department in the SBP BSC (Bank), Head office is as under:

Exchange Policy Department (EPD), SBP, BSC (BANK), is an important department of the State Bank of Pakistan, Banking Services Corporation (Bank), Head Office Karachi. The business process of this Department is carried out in dual direction. On the one hand this Department has to guide/monitor the foreign exchange operations taking place at sixteen field offices and on the other hand look after the day-to-day operations of the Authorized Dealers of Karachi region. Both the above tasks are completed under the umbrella of foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947(FER Act, 1947). Further, the Foreign exchange Manual (Eighth edition 2002 is also referred for dealing the day-to-day operations of the Authorized Dealers. The instructions on different Policy matters are issued by the EPD, SBP, Karachi through issuance of F.E.Circulars and circulars letters. These circulars as well as Foreign Exchange Manual are available on State Bank Web page.

This Department also acts as a field office as other 16 field offices and discharge its duties under the instructions contained in the Booklet of instructions (third Edition1989). The fourth Edition of Booklet of instruction is under compilation in the Policy Division of EPD SBP, Karachi.

The work of the Department is operational nature for which Foreign exchange offices are set up at 16 field offices in major cities of Pakistan. Administratively, the Department is divided into four Divisions, out of which one is looked after by a Joint Director and remaining three by Junior Joint Directors. These Divisions are again divided into eight units, which are headed by Assistant Directors.

The organization chart of the Department

The brief functions of different sections of the Department are as under:

    Exchange Entitlement Certificates.

  • To issue Exchange Entitlement Certificate (EEC) in respect of Foreign Exchange Private Loans viz. commercial credit, buyer credit & foreign equity.
    Outward Remittances.

  • To allow outward remittances on Forms ‘M’, Forms ‘I’ in respect of import of Machinery/Parts/Accessories/Books, repayment of commercial loan instalments, courier service charges, refurbishment/repair of Machinery Charges, Demurrage Charges on chartered vessel, freight charges etc. remittances against EAD allocation allowed by
    Exchange Account Section EPD.
  • To allow outward remittances on Forms on account of surplus funds of Foreign Insurance Companies.
    To allow outward remittances on Forms ‘M’ on account of freight, advance to agents, cost of bunker, cost of
    lubricants, container charges Marconi charges, cost of paints/spares/chemicals, Dry Docking expenses,
    insurance premium of PNSC own & chartered vessels, repayment of loans obtained for purchase of ships, lease
    rental of local airlines.

  • To allow re-export of frustrated cargo, to establish/renew Revolving Letter of Credits for Insurance Claims,
    permission to issue Foreign Currency Insurance Policies, issuance of exemption certificates from export
    procedure for export of Pakistani publications, permissions to work as agents of foreign courier companies,
    NOC for free gift parcels/baggage.

  • To scrutinize statements ‘A’ & ‘B’ of Pakistani Oil Companies, sale statements of Diplomatic bonded warehouses,
    Earning & Expenditure statements of Local Airlines & Shipping companies, freight export manifest of PNSC & PIA.
  • Preparation & submission to the concerned quarters, overdue statement of Bills of Entry above USD 50,000/-
    , statement of future payments of IBRD for World Bank Debt, statement of Debt Servicing, weekly statements of
    Visible/Invisible remittances against EAD allocations, statement of litigation. To scrutinize statements of down
  • To scrutinize monthly statements of foreign currency account maintained abroad by the PRCL & NICL.
  • To scrutinize statements against foreign currency insurance policy issued by insurance companies.
    Post-facto checking.

  • Post-facto checking of utilized Forms ‘I’ & Forms ‘M’ of entire unit received through our Return Section in respect
    of outward remittances.
  • Post-facto checking of cases of reinsurance business submitted by the insurance companies alongwith utilized
    Forms ‘M’ through their A/Ds.
  • Post-facto checking of Claim documents on account of claims settled abroad under Revolving of Credit by the insurance companies.
  • To prepare consolidated statement from the weekly statement of import of sugar, raw sugar and edible items
    received from all commercial banks and pass to M.O.C. under intimation to EPD: SBP:
  • To prepare consolidated statement from the fortnightly statements of import of refine sugar received from all commercial banks for onward submission to M.O.C.
  • To prepare month-wise consolidated statement of LCs opened/contract registered for imports with the
    Authorized Dealers from the monthly statements received from all the commercial banks for onward submission
    to different quarters.
  • To sort out the export overdue statement (area-wise) from the statements received from all the commercial
    banks on form V-15, V-16 and V-17 and passes on to respective field offices.
  • To prepare consolidated fortnightly statement of outstanding commitment against cash resources (import)
    from the statements received from all the Authorized Dealers and pass it on to Research and Statistics.
  • To prepare consolidated statement of earnings against Export of Software from the statements received from
    all the SBPBSC (Bank) Offices and pass it on to different quarters.
  • To prepare consolidated statement of Rates of Profit on Dollar Deposit –Frozen F/C Account from the statements received from all the Authorized Dealers and put-up to Director.
  • To maintain a register where details of Nostro Account opened/closed by the A.Ds are recorded.
  • To prepare Half-yearly consolidated statement of Commission earned in Foreign Exchange by Indenting Agents,
    Tour Operators and Patents & Trade Mark Attorneys from the statements received from all SBPBSC (Bank)
    Offices for onward submission to EPD: SBP:

  • To renew Authorized Money Changer (AMC) Licenses pertains to Karachi region after completion of all allied formalities.

  • To convey approval of competent authority to the Area Control Officers of SBPBSC (Bank) after checking the documents and completion of all allied formalities in the cases of renewal of AMC licences received from Authorized Money Changers in other Cities.

  • To maintain the record of sales/purchases of foreign currency notes as per weekly statements submitted by the Authorized Money Changers in Karachi and consolidated statements received from Area Control Officers.

  • To maintain the complete record regarding outflow of foreign currency notes other than US Dollars and inflow of US Dollars either through Airport or remittances through T.T in SBP Accounts Review/information is submitted to EDMD and Accounts Department.

  • To inspect the offices of Authorized Money Changers as and when desired by the competent authority.

  • To entertain the cases forwarded by the all offices of SBPBSC (Bank as well as Karachi regarding different issues of money changers i.e. change of address, complaints against money changers, Forex proposals, correspondence with Income Tax Department, Custom Authorities and other misc. issues.
  • To examine the requests of the exporters on various nature/ issues relating to their exports.
  • To refer the cases to EPD: SBP: for their comments/guidelines as the issue not covered under the existing
  • To review and comments on the cases/issues referred by other Departments and institutions.

  • Approval of Forms ‘M’ on account of visa fees submitted by Foreign Embassies/consulate general through A.D.

  • Approval of Forms ‘M’ for remittance of Reuters/Swifts Service Charges to A.Ds and to SBP.

  • Head Offices/Principal Offices of A.D. are required to submit yearly statements of Blocked Account by the 7th January each year. A consolidated statement is compiled and filed in the Section.

  • The Encashment Certificates/Proceed Realization Certificates issued by the A.D. are verified with relative schedules as and when received from different Sections.

  • ‘H’ Forms with relative Encashment Certificates in respect of sponsorship Hajj Scheme are segregated and ‘H’ Forms pertaining to Field Offices of SBPBSC (Bank) are forwarded for necessary action at their end those forms relating to Karachi Area are kept in the Section for confirmation of PRCs with schedules J/O-3.

  • Legal action against importers who have made remittances and could not produce required this Section takes documents pertaining to Karachi Area.

  • All the Field Offices of State Bank of Pakistan refer their import cases for approval of legal action or for any other instructions in the cases as required by them to this Section.

  • Cases of default in respect of currency Racketeering, Medical treatment of Pakistani abroad, under invoicing and
    over invoicing in Export/Import from all the Offices are dealt with by this Section.

  • The Bonded Ware houses who have not repatriated the commission are violated any other instructions are
    dealt in this Section.

  • This Section takes legal action against the Commission Agents Recruiting Agents working in Pakistan and
    Pakistanis working abroad.

  • Enforcement Section approaches to the Ministry of Finance for issuance of Notification under Section 19(2) and
    Section 23(2) of FER Act 1947 and publication of the same in the Gazette of Pakistan every year and after
    receipt of its copies from Ministry of Circulate it to all concerns.
  • Cases pertaining to Martial Law Regulations of 1972 are conducted by this Section
    Export Overdue Client End Application Upgrade Patch for Branches
    Submission of Outstanding Advance Payment Vouchers (V18) & its utilization

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