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 EPD Circular Letter No. 16 of 2021

October 06, 2021


The Chief Executives of all
Exchange Companies and
Exchange Companies of B Category



Dear Sirs/Madam,

Amendments in Instructions for Exchange Companies

          Attention of Exchange Companies and Exchange Companies of ‘B’ Category is invited to instructions contained in Para 9 (i) (f)&(g), 9(iii) (f)&(g) of Chapter 3 and Para 12 (i) (c) & (d) of Chapter 8 of Exchange Companies Manual.

2.       In order to strengthen regulatory regime for Exchange Companies, it has been decided to amend/change the applicable regulations relating to scope of business of Exchange Companies and Exchange Companies of B Category. Accordingly, the relevant instructions in the following Paras of Exchange Companies Manual stand replaced as under:

Para 9 (i) (f) Chapter 3 of Exchange Companies Manual

“For all foreign currency sale transactions equivalent to USD 500/- or above, Exchange Companies shall retain copies of identification documents i.e., Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) /National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP)/ Pakistan Origin Card (POC) / Passport (having valid visa on it or any other proof of legal stay of a foreigner in Pakistan) after having seen the document in original. In addition, Exchange Companies shall also carry out biometric verification of Pakistani Nationals for all such transactions and maintain the record thereof”.


Para 9 (i) (g) Chapter 3 of Exchange Companies Manual

“All sale transactions of USD 10,000/- or above (or equivalent in other currencies) shall be conducted by the Exchange Companies through Cheque/ Bank Transfer from the personal account of the customer. Instrument/ transaction reference number and issuing bank’s name shall be mentioned on the transaction receipt along with identification document number of the customer.”

Para 9 (iii) (f) Chapter 3 of Exchange Companies Manual

“Exchange Companies shall retain copies of identification documents i.e., Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)/National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP)/Pakistan Origin Card (POC)/Passport (having valid visa on it or any other proof of legal stay of a foreigner in Pakistan) for conducting transfers/ remittances transaction regardless of the amount. The name, address and identification document number of the customer shall also be mentioned on the receipt after due verification and with stamp of “original seen”. In addition, Exchange Companies shall also carry out biometric verification of Pakistani Nationals for all transactions and maintain record thereof”.

Para 9 (iii) (g) Chapter 3 of Exchange Companies Manual

“All outward transactions of USD 10,000/- or above (or equivalent in other currencies) shall be conducted by the Exchange Companies through Cheque/ Bank transfers from the personal account of the customer. Instrument/ transaction reference number and issuing bank’s name shall be mentioned on the transaction receipt along with identification document number of the customer.”

Para 12 (i) (c) Chapter 8 of Exchange Companies Manual

“For all foreign currency buy and sale transactions equivalent to USD 500/- or above, Exchange Companies of ‘B’ Category shall retain copies of identification documents i.e., Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) /National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP)/ Pakistan Origin Card (POC) / Passport (having valid visa on it or any other proof of legal stay of a foreigner in Pakistan) after having seen the document in original. In addition, Exchange Companies of ‘B’ Category shall also carry out biometric verification of Pakistani Nationals for all such sale transactions and maintain the record thereof”.

Para 12 (i) (d) Chapter 8 of Exchange Companies Manual

“All sale transactions of USD 10,000/- or above (or equivalent in other currencies) shall be conducted by the Exchange Companies of ‘B’ Category through Cheque/ Bank Transfer issued from the personal account of the customer. Instrument/ transaction reference number and issuing bank’s name shall be mentioned on the transaction receipt along with identification document number of the customer.”

3.     All above instructions are applicable with immediate effect. However, for implementing the requirements for biometric verification, Exchange Companies and Exchange Companies of B Category shall make necessary arrangements, including procurement of hardware and software and establishing connectivity with NADRA latest by October 21, 2021, while the instructions shall be applicable with effect from October 22, 2021.

4.     All other terms and conditions on the subject shall remain unchanged.

5.     Failure to comply with these instructions shall attract regulatory action under the relevant provisions of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947.




 

Yours truly,

Sd/-

(Athar Ghafoor)
Additional Director


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