The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday removed ban on import of gold coins by Nominated Banks and Star and Premier Trading Houses.
The RBI in a notification also said banks are permitted to import gold on consignment basis. All sale of gold domestically will, however, be against upfront payments. Banks are free to grant gold metal loans.
While the import of gold coins and medallions will no longer be prohibited, pending further review, the restrictions on banks in selling gold coins and medallions are not being removed.
The obligation to export under the 20:80 scheme will continue to apply in respect of unutilised gold imported before November 28, 2014, i.e., the date of abolition of the 20:80 scheme.