Providing importers with greater flexibility in hedging, Reserve Bank on Tuesday allowed them book forward foreign exchange contracts up to 50 per cent of the eligible limit.
"...it has been decided to allow importers to book forward contracts, under the past performance route, up to 50 per cent of the eligible limit," the RBI said in a notification.
This, the RBI said, has been done after a review of the evolving market conditions and with a view to providing importers with greater flexibility in hedging facility.
It further said importers who have already booked contracts up to previous limit of 25 per cent in the current financial year, will be eligible for difference arising out of the enhanced limits.
Under the extant guidelines relating to hedging of currency risk of probable exposures based on past performance, importers are allowed to book contracts up to 25 per cent of the eligible limit.
The eligible limit is computed as the average of the previous three financial years? import turnover or the previous year's actual import turnover, whichever is higher.