It has also directed banks to ensure that exports are carried out within the stipulated timeframe for which loans have been given.
    
"It is further reiterated that banks should exercise proper due diligence and ensure compliance with KYC (know your customer) and AML (anti-money laundering) guidelines so that only bona-fide export advances flow into India," RBI said in a notification.
    
"Doubtful cases as also instances of chronic defaulters may be referred to Directorate of Enforcement (DoE) for further investigation," it said.
    
It is understood that this direction has come in light of probe initiated by the ED in case of over-invoicing in some of the accounts of UCO Bank.
    
In this connection, exchanges also sought clarification form UCO Bank. However, reply is still awaited. Direction has been issued based on its assessment that there is substantial increase in the number and amount of advances received for exports remaining outstanding beyond the stipulated period on account of non-performance of such exports (shipments in case of export of goods).

"...banks are advised to efficiently follow up with the concerned exporters in order to ensure that export performance (shipments in case of export of goods) are completed within the stipulated time period," RBI said in a statement.
    
A quarterly statement indicating details of such cases may be forwarded to the concerned Regional Offices of RBI within 21 days from the end of each quarter, it added.

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