Malaysia Allows More Flexibility for Exporters: Bank Negara



Bank Negara Malaysia would allow greater flexibility for exporters in managing their export proceeds, the central bank said in a statement on its website. Also, the central bank will provide more flexibility for hedging of foreign currency obligations and allow non-resident corporations to trade in ringgit denominated interest rate derivatives. All those measures, which will go into effect immediately, were taken to facilitate operational efficiencies and risk management by businesses and financial institutions.

Excerpts from the statement by the central bank:

Bank Negara Malaysia announces changes in the foreign exchange administration policies aimed at facilitating efficiencies and risk management by businesses and financial institutions.

The changes are:

I. Greater flexibility in the management of export proceeds
Exporters are allowed to automatically sweep export proceeds into their Trade Foreign Currency Accounts maintained with onshore banks to meet up to 6 months’ foreign currency obligations without the need to first convert proceeds into ringgit.  The flexibility is available upon exporters establishing their 6 months’ foreign currency obligations with their respective onshore banks.

II. Flexible hedging of foreign currency obligations

Greater flexibility is provided upon application to the Bank for residents to hedge:
- foreign currency obligations beyond 6 months; and
- foreign currency exposures arising from invoices issued in foreign currency under international pricing practices for domestic trade in goods and services.  

III.Wider access for non-residents to the onshore market financial market
Non-resident corporations are allowed to trade in ringgit-denominated interest rate derivatives via the Appointed Overseas Offices, subject to back-to-back arrangements with onshore banks.  This aims to further deepen the onshore market for interest rate derivatives to support risk management by businesses. 


Malaysia Allows More Flexibility for Exporters: Bank Negara


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8/17/2018 5:37:39 AM