Indian exporters body Fieo on on Friday said the long-standing payment problem with Iran has been resolved as shipments to the nation will now be paid in the Indian rupee.
“The payment problem with Iran has been resolved with operationalisation of rupee payment mechanism through UCO Bank.
The payments which have been stuck in the past will be cleared expeditiously,” Federation of Indian Export Organisations (Fieo) President Rafeeque Ahmed said in a statement here.
He said “such positive action” by the government will encourage exporters to aggressively export to Iran and optimise utilisation of Rupee balance in oil import pool. The Department of Financial Services, Ahmed said, has asked the Fieo to bring cases where an exporter is facing payment problem with regard to export to Iran before the government.
Following resolution of the payment issue, he said the Indian business delegation, which is going to Iran on March 10-14, will be able to negotiate new contracts with their Iranian counterparts.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has also agreed to grant all export benefits to exports for which the payment is received in Indian rupee, he said, adding the notifications would be issued soon.