India inks pact with Iran to pay crude bill in rupee – Livemint
India is Iran’s second biggest buyer of oil after China. Photo: Reuterse
New Delhi: India will import crude oil from Iran using a rupee-based payment mechanism, an industry person involved in discussions told Reuters on Thursday, adding that 50% of those payments will be used for exporting items to Tehran. India’s state-owned UCO Bank is expected to announce the payment mechanism in the next 10 days, the person said.
“An agreement had been signed by the Indian and Iranian government on 2 November 2018 for oil payment in rupees and 50% of those funds had been earmarked for exports,” according to an Indian government document reviewed by Reuters.
Oil payments are being made in rupees only as against earlier arrangements where there was a ratio of 45% rupees and 55% euros, the document said.
Russian and Chinese shipping companies were pitching to facilitate India-Iran trade, the source said.
Under US sanctions, India will be allowed to export farm commodities, food, medicines, and medical devices to Iran. However, items such as petroleum and petrochemical products, automobiles, steel, precious metals and graphite are not allowed to be exported to Tehran.
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