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:: FOREIGN EXCHANGE GUIDELINES Following the liberalisation of the Current Account, as well as the introduction of the multi-currency system, Guidelines detailed herein are intended for use by Authorized Dealers for all foreign exchange Guidelines are issued to draw attention in convenient form to the law contained in the Exchange Control Act, [Chapter 22:05] and the Exchange Control Regulations. These Guidelines form a consolidation of all Exchange Control Directives issued before 1 July 2009 and are meant to ensure transparency, legal certainty and conformity with the multi-currency Guidelines are issued for clarity to Authorised Dealers and shall form the basis for the amendment of the Exchange Control Regulations to conform to the new monetary enquiries relating to these Guidelines should be addressed to:The Senior Division Chief Exchange Control DivisionReserve Bank of Zimbabwe 80 Samora Machel AvenueP O Box 1283HARARE Tel: 263 04 703 000: Fax : 263 04 703 716 : Telex: 26033, 26075, RESZIM ZW, Website: Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::SECTION ONE 1GENERAL System Dealers 5SECTION TWO 52MANAGEMENT OF FOREIGN CURRENCY ACCOUNTS (FCAs) of Foreign Currency Accounts of FCAs FCAs (General) FCAs (Exports) FCAs (Transitory) FCAs (Banks) FCAs (Offshore) FCAs Transferable FCAs (NRTAs) Accounts (Correspondent Banks) for Embassies, NGOs, Diplomatic Accounts/Collection Accounts6SECTION THREE3OPERATION OF FCAs Deposits Withdrawals of FCA Balances of Credit Cards of FCA Funds 9Listed Companies 9Unlisted Companies 9The Money Market 9SECTION FOUR4CURRENT ACCOUNT Remittances10Registration of Service Agreements10Individual of Exporters11Export Declaration Forms12Completion of Form Cd113Issuance of Manual Forms CD113Exports in Pursuance of Contract of Sale13Acquittance of Forms Cd114Contentstable of [1]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::Barter Trade Transactions15Bulk, Consignment Stocks, and Auction15Completion of Forms CD315Trailer - Horse / Mixed Registration16Acquittance of Forms CD316Completion of Form TR116Acquittance of Forms Tr117Completion of Form TR217Submission of Forms TR2 to Exchange Control17Completion of Form PTS117Acquittance of Forms PTS117Completion of Form GSD18Acquittance of Forms of Foreign Currency of Foreign Currency Cash by Authorised Dealers18SECTION FIVE5CAPITAL ACCOUNT in Unlisted in Listed on the Money of Shares Between Loans and/or Trade by Authorised Control Review - Second Appeals and/Or Exemptions31SECTION SIX6RETURNS TO THE RESERVE BANK Balances Payments Loan Transactions Foreign Currency Loans Currency Inflows Transfer Agencies Return32APPENDIX 1: List of Authorised Dealers in Zimbabwe33Contentstable of [2]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::Authorised Dealers:Local Commercial and Merchant banks licenced by the Exchange Control to deal in foreign :Bank Supervision Application SystemBTABusiness Travel AllowanceCEBAS:Computerised Exchange Control Batch Application SystemCEPECS:Computerised Exports Payments Exchange Control System Dealing:Refers to buying and selling foreign currencyDenominated:Austrian Shilling, Australian Dollar,Currencies Belgian Franc, Norwegian Kroner, British Sterling, Portuguese Escudo, Canadian Dollar, Japanese Yen, Danish Kroner, Spanish Peseta, Dueutsche Mark, Swedish Kronor, French Franc, Swiss Franc, Italian Lire, United States Dollar, EURO Netherlands GuilderECRC:Exchange Control Review Committee A Committee responsible for vetting Capital Account applications and other transactions not covered in these :External Loans Coordinating Committee - A Committee responsible for vetting foreign loan Control: Exchange Control arm of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, unless otherwise :Any person or company in Zimbabwe who takes goods or causes goods to be taken out of Zimbabwe FCAForeign Currency Account Foreign Investor: An individual, consortium or corporate entity holding equity or shares in a local companyForm CD1:Currency/ Customs Declaration Form specifying the value of exports, commissions and CD3:Foreign Currency Declaration form completed by locally registered freightersForm PTS1Posts & Telecommunications Form Form TR1Foreign currency declaration form for non-consumptive tourism Form TR2Foreign currency declaration form for consumptive tourism (hunting)Free Funds:Foreign currency not resulting from export proceedsGSDGeneral Services Declaration FormHTAHoliday Travel Allowance Limited Dealership Authority granted to all Banks orAuthority (LDA)Financial Institutions that are not Authorised Dealers to partake in limited foreign currency dealingMulticurrency:Foreign currency regime under which more than one currency is used for transactionary purposesNGOs:Non Governmental OrganisationsNRTA: Non-Resident Transferable Foreign Currency :A person permanently domiciled in ZimbabweTaxidermyThe process of preserving animal skins and processing them into life like Companies:Companies not quoted on the Zimbabwe Stock ExchangeZIAZimbabwe Investment AuthorityZSEZimbabwe Stock Exchange ABBREVIATIONS AND DEFINITIONS[3]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign Multi-Currency System Authorised Dealers All corporate entities, Government, Non-Governmental Organisations, International Organisations, Embassies and individuals are allowed to freely transact (to buy and sell goods and services) in foreign currency, using multi-currencies as Authorised Dealers are empowered to deal in foreign currency and may provide foreign currency for all purposes in accordance with these guidelines and any other Directives that the Exchange Control may issue from time to time. Foreign currency dealing (to buy and sell foreign currency ) using international cross rates, is only limited to Authorised Dealers and licenced Bureaux de The attention of Authorised Dealers is drawn to the necessity for a uniform policy in granting foreign currency and they are accordingly required to apply these guidelines in all other rulings given by the Exchange Control strictly and In cases where doubt exists or where applications are not covered by these guidelines, reference must be made to the Exchange When it is necessary to submit applications to Exchange Control for consideration, Authorised Dealers must state whether or not they recommend the approval of the application giving reasons in each case, or their reasons for withholding their recommendations. :: SECTION ONEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::[4] In Denominated Currencies112::MANAGEMENT OF FOREIGN CURRENCY ACCOUNTS (FCAs) Opening of Foreign Currency Corporates, both local and foreign owned, are allowed to open up to five (5) FCAs denominated in United States Dollar (USD), South African Rand (ZAR), Botswana Pula (BWP), British Pound (GBP), and Euro (EUR) per Authorised Dealer. FCAs may be opened with as many banks as possible, and the opening of these accounts shall not require prior Exchange Control approval. Authorised Dealers shall designate foreign currency accounts as indicated hereunder. These are accounts deposited with foreign currency proceeds emanating from commercial activities within Zimbabwe. Funds deposited in these accounts shall be treated as free funds . Corporate FCAs (Exports) shall include all corporate FCAs for purposes of holding foreign currency proceeds from export of goods and/or services resulting from the acquittal of Forms CD1/CD3/TR1/TR2/ These shall include all accounts used for purposes of holding funds in transit and whose destination is not yet known or billing is yet to be of FCAs Corporate FCAs (General)Corporate FCAs (Exports)Corporate FCAs (Transitory) :: SECTION TWO[5]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign These are Foreign Currency Accounts that are opened by financial institutions licenced under the Limited Dealership Authority, with their Managing Banks, who are Authorised Dealers. Such FCAs are used for handling the institution s foreign exchange Authorised Dealers shall also use Corporate FCAs (Banks) to deposit their own earnings from foreign currency Corporate entities are not allowed to open offshore accounts without prior Exchange Control approval. Individual FCAs shall include all FCAs held by individuals, such as employees of Government, NGOs, Embassies, International Organisations, private sector or any other individual holding free funds . Funds deposited in these accounts are free funds . Exchange Control approval is required before loans, overdrafts or guarantees are granted to non-resident account holders and funds held in these accounts are freely Authorised Dealers shall report all transactions managed through these accounts to Exchange Control on a monthly basis. Corporate FCAs (Banks)Corporate FCAs (Offshore)Individual FCAsNon-Resident Transferable FCAs (NRTAs) These are accounts opened by Authorised Dealers on behalf of individuals who visit or come to Zimbabwe on temporary visits or to settle and work in Zimbabwe during a period less than 12 months. Authorised Dealers may also open such accounts on behalf of non-resident corporates, under advice to Exchange Control. :: SECTION TWO[6]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign Authorised Dealers are allowed to open and maintain any number of nostro accounts with correspondent banks of their choice for the management of their FCA balances in conformity with international prudential regulations. Authorised Dealers must therefore, maintain records of these Authorised Dealers shall on a weekly basis submit EC Form Nostro to Exchange Control every Monday by for balances of the preceding Friday. (See Appendix 1) Authorised Dealers can open and maintain non-resident accounts in favour of Embassies, NGOs, Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations. Such accounts may be opened without prior reference to the Exchange Control and funds held in these accounts shall be regarded as free Evidence Accounts are special foreign currency accounts domiciled offshore for the purposes of receiving foreign currency proceeds. The accounts are usually opened to provide comfort to suppliers of foreign credit since loan repayments are directly repaid from these accounts. The following operational modalities apply to the administration of evidence accounts:-* Only exporters with ELCC approved lines of credit and whose terms and conditions are approved by ELCC and Exchange Control are eligible for the opening of an Evidence Account.* All funds credited into Evidence Accounts are regarded as equivalent of draw-downs made on the relevant offshore loans.* Acquittal using value additionNostro Accounts (Correspondent Banks)FCAs for Embassies, NGOs, Diplomatic MissionsEvidence Accounts/Collection Accounts :: SECTION TWO[7]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::3 OPERATION OF Individuals and corporates may deposit any amount into their FCAs and the Authorised Dealer may use their discretion to enquire on the source of such funds, before sanctioning such a deposit, especially where large amounts are involved [ Authorised Dealers to apply Know Your Customer (KYC) principle]. There is no limit on the amount of foreign exchange that can be withdrawn from these FCAs . Withdrawals from FCAs may be made in bank notes, traveler s cheques, with no need of supporting documents. Individuals, Embassies, NGOs and International Organisations can use their FCA balances for their obligations (both domestic and foreign) without any restriction . Corporate entities can make payments from their Corporate FCAs (Exports) in line with existing Exchange Control regulations. Authorised Dealers may issue credit cards Individuals, Embassies, NGOs and International Organisations as specified in above. These cards may be used on the domestic market or internationally. No limits shall apply and Authorised Dealers shall freely use FCA holders balances or lending criteria to determine credit card DepositsFCA WithdrawalsUtilization of FCA BalancesIssue of Credit Cards :: SECTION THREE[8] However, the applicable clause on export of cash will apply if one wants to export cash. This includes corporate entities holding Corporate FCAs (General2233Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign Credit cards may also be issued to Corporate FCA (Export) holders and usage of such cards on the international market shall be subject to existing Exchange Control regulations. However, no limits shall apply on all domestic Investment of FCA Resident FCA holders are permitted to invest in the following instruments: Resident FCA holders may purchase shares of quoted companies on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange with no limit of participation; resident investors can invest up to 100% . Unlisted Resident FCA holders may invest in unlisted local companies through rights and new issues and project finance without any restriction. The Money Resident and non-resident FCA holders may freely invest on the Money Market.:: Listed Companies :: SECTION THREE[9] If there is a threshold set by Exchange Control on import payments for Corporate FCAs (Exports), such a threshold will also apply on the International Credit Card. Non-resident and foreign investors are allowed to participate on the ZSE up to limits prescribed through the Exchange Control Act and the ZSE Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::4 For all import payments, Authorised Dealers may process transactions for corporates and individuals without prior Exchange Control authority. For Balance of Payments (BOP) reporting purposes, Authorised Dealers shall submit information pertaining to the imports through the Bank Supervision Application System (BSA). All foreign payments should also be recorded through the Computerized Exchange Control Batch Application System (CEBAS). Authorised Dealers shall on a daily basis submit EC Form Non Exp to Exchange Control for all external payments of the previous dealing day made from any FCA other than from FCA (Exports) by 1000 hrs. (See Appendix 2) In all cases, Authorised Dealers may request relevant supporting documentation from their corporate clients for corporate governance All corporate remittances for imports are freely remittable. Corporates may pay local expenses for their visitors or external business associates from their Corporate FCAs without Authorised Dealers shall on a daily basis submit EC Form Exp to Exchange Control for all payments made from FCA (Exports) on the previous dealing day by hr. (See Appendix 3) Where the provision of services involves agreements with recurring fees, the initial agreements must be registered with Exchange Control, after which payments of up to the prescribed threshold can be made without reference to Exchange Control. 4CURRENT ACCOUNT TRANSACTIONS:: Registration of Service Agreements Imports Corporate RemittancesIndividual Remittances :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR[10] The current account, for all intents and purposes, has been liberalized. 6Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign Individuals, Embassies, NGOs and International Organisations can effect foreign payments without restriction. However, transactions which are funded from borrowed funds shall comply with existing Exchange Control Authorised Dealers shall not introduce restrictions (documentation or otherwise) on transfer of funds from individual FCAs as these should be treated 100% as free funds . Authorised Dealers are advised that as part of the current account liberalisation, most of the administrative controls which relate to prior approval of Forms CD1 were removed. Guidelines that follow are meant to ensure that there is clarity in the administration of export shipments and acquittal of foreign exchange receipts from exports. The primary objective is to ensure that the country s export earnings are fully accounted for and that Zimbabwe realizes the true and fair value from its exports . No goods of any description may be exported, in any manner, unless payment for the goods has been made in an approved manner, or will be so made within three months (90 days) from date of export, or when contractually due, or such other period as Exchange Control may direct, and that the amount of the payment reflects the true current market value of the goods which is, in all circumstances, satisfactory in the interest of Authorized Dealers are required to facilitate export shipments through the completion of the Form CD1 in the Computerised Export Payments Exchange Control System (CEPECS). The completion of the Form CD1 in the system shall represent the declaration by the exporter of the export and undertaking that payment shall be received within the stipulated period. In the absence of a properly completed Form CD1 and other supporting documents, the ZIMRA authorities may prohibit the :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR[11]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign :::: Registration of Exporters:: Export Declaration Forms Every new exporter of goods or services must be registered in CEPECS through their respective Authorized Dealers. Authorised Dealers shall on a Know Your Customer (KYC) basis satisfy themselves and certify to Exchange Control that the company is a bona-fide entity and it undertakes to comply with export formalities contained herein . Current Exchange Control Policy requires that every export above the stipulated threshold be declared on an Exchange Control Export Declaration Form which, in terms of Exchange Control regulations, are legislated as follows:-Table 1: Current Export Documentation :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOURForm Type/ NameForm CD1Form CD3Form TR1Form TR2Form PTS1 Form GSDSECTORReal Sector - GoodsTransport ServicesTourism ServicesTourism ServicesTelecommunicationsGeneral ServicesFor declaration of export of goods in CEPECS prior to Export declaration of road transport/freight charges. Manual forms issued by Authorised Dealers prior to rendering declaration of non-consumptive tourism earnings. Consolidation of cash receipts and deposits on a monthly declaration of consumptive tourism (hunting) earnings. Declaration of receipts for every hunting declaration of post and telecommunication receipts. Consolidation of cash receipts and deposits on a monthly basis For declaration of earnings arising from rendering any other service not specified [12] The registration of exporters is a necessary condition to ensure that every eligible exporter is registered with the Reserve Bank s CEPECS and enable the exporter to do an online declaration of the export. The cumbersome registration requirements have thus been removed to ease the registration Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign :: Forms CD1 must be completed for all exports except for i. Goods not exceeding USD5,000 or ZAR 40,000 in export value; ii. Certain categories of goods covered by ZIMRA procedures deemed not suitable for completion of Form CD1 (this may include goods that may require completion of Form CD1 but no value assigned due to the nature of the export); Authorised Dealers may not process any Form CD1 which has been incompletely or improperly compiled by an exporter nor may they process any Form CD1 in respect of which they have reason to believe or suspect that any of the declarations made therein by the exporter are untrue or misleading. In this respect, the meticulous completion of these forms will save everyone in the processing chain, time, effort and unnecessary Authorised Dealers may only issue manual Forms CD1 in instances where the CEPECS is down for more than 48 hours and to horticultural Manual Forms CD1 are only issued with prior Exchange Control approval, which may be given in the form of Blanket Authority in the case of horticultural Authorised Dealers may process Form CD1 in CEPECS provided that each of the following seven (7) conditions is complied The exporter has been registered with Exchange Control as required in Paragraph above; That the currency in which payment is to be made is satisfactory and is in accordance with these Exchange Control guidelines;:: Completion of Form Cd1:: Issuance of Manual Forms CD1 :: Exports in Pursuance of Contract of Sale :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR[13] The equivalence of USD5,000 at the rates prevailing at time of Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign That the time limit in which payment is to be made is satisfactory and is in accordance with these Exchange Control guidelines; That where the nature of the contract requires that the exporter pays any charges or allows any discounts or commissions , all such charges have been included in Section 15 of the Form Cd1; That there are no previous exports by the exporter concerned in respect of which payment is overdue; That special documentation is provided for export of special goods such as precious minerals, pedigree livestock, bulk commodities, biological samples etc; That in every instance, copies of the consignor s invoice showing the unit price of each item and the terms of the contract of sale (FOR, FOB, CIF, C&F, etc) must be submitted to the Authorised Within seven days of receipt of export proceeds, the Authorized Dealer must pre-acquit the relevant Forms CD1, and submit to Exchange Control an application for final acquittal of the Forms CD1, attaching documentary proof of receiving payment such as a copy of a Telegraphic Transfer (TT) bank draft or foreign currency cash Acquittal of Forms CD1 shall be effected using funds received directly from offshore through normal banking channels. In cases where an exporter wants to acquit Form CD1 using cash proceeds, Authorised Dealers shall ensure that such cash does not emanate from the domestic market . Authorised Dealers shall not deposit the exporter s Corporate FCA (Exports) with export proceeds unless the form CD1 has been properly acquitted in line with paragraph Authorised Dealers shall on a daily basis submit EC Form 1 to Exchange Control for foreign exchange inflows credited on their nostro accounts on the previous dealing day by hr. The foreign exchange inflows shall include; export proceeds, free funds, loans proceeds (See Appendix 6).:: Acquittance of Forms CD1 :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR[14]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::::: Barter Trade Transactions:: Completion of Forms Residents are not permitted to enter into barter transactions of any kind without specific Exchange Control These are not permitted without specific Exchange Control All local trucking companies ( holders of Bilateral/ PTA permits) authorized by the Road Motor Transportation Act [Chapter 13:15], to engage in cross border transportation are required to complete the Forms CD3 . The Form CD3 is a necessary requirement to ensure that all cross-border transporters hauling goods on behalf of foreign entities are paid in denominated currencies and the funds are received through normal banking channels in Authorised Dealers may not process any Form CD3 which has been incompletely or improperly compiled by a transporter nor may they process any Form CD3 in respect of which they have reason to believe or suspect that any of the declarations made therein by the transporter are untrue or In this respect, the meticulous completion of these forms will save everyone in the processing chain, time, effort and unnecessary No cross-border transportation may be permitted by ZIMRA, in any manner, unless payment for the freight charges has been made in an approved manner, or will be so made within three months (90 days) from date of transportation, or when contractually due, or such other period as Exchange Control may direct, and that the amount of the payment reflects the true current market freight charges which are, in all circumstances, satisfactory in the interest of , Consignment Stocks, and Auction :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR[15]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign :::: Trailer - Horse / Mixed Registration:: Acquittance of Forms CD3:: Completion of Form Tr1 Authorised Dealers are advised that prior Exchange Control Authority is required where a foreign registered horse pulls a locally registered trailer or semi trailer or vice In addition for prior Exchange Control approval, the transporters need to stipulate the following: -(i) the date the horse is going to be returned to the country of origin;(ii) the cost of hire, either on weekly, monthly or annual basis; and(iii) At the end of the contract, if need be an application must be submitted for either renewal of the contract for re-export of the horse. Exchange Control must be furnished with a copy of the Agreement between the Lessor and the Lessee clearly stipulating the Within seven days of receipt of freight proceeds, the Authorised Dealer must pre-acquit the relevant Forms CD3, and submit to Exchange Control an application for final acquittal of the Forms CD3, attaching documentary proof of receiving payment such as a copy of a Telegraphic Transfer (TT) bank draft or foreign currency cash Acquittal of Forms CD3 shall be effected using funds received directly from offshore through normal banking channels. In cases where an exporter wants to acquit Form CD3 using cash proceeds, Authorised Dealers shall ensure that such cash does not emanate from the domestic market . Authorised Dealers shall not deposit the transporter s Corporate FCA (Exports) with freight proceeds unless the Form CD3 has been properly acquitted in line with paragraph All tourism operators and amenities stipulated in Exchange Control Regulations and other relevant statutes are required to declare their earnings from local and foreign tourists to enable completion of the CEPECS Form TR1 on a monthly basis. :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR[16]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign Within fifteen days after the month being reported on, Authorised Dealers are required to pre-acquit the relevant Forms TR1, and submit to Exchange Control an application for final acquittal of the Forms TR1, attaching documentary proof of receiving payment such as a copy of a Telegraphic Transfer (TT), bank draft, credit card receipt showing proof of expenditure or foreign currency cash deposit In cases where payment was received for packaged tours, funds must be credited to the Corporate FCA (Transitory) pending issuance of final invoices for billing purposes and Form TR1 acquittal.:: Completion of Form All Hunting Safari Operators and all taxidermists are required to declare their foreign currency earnings on the Form Tr2.:: Submission of Forms TR2 to Exchange After completion of the hunt and before export of the trophy, the hunting operator is required to submit a completed Form TR2 to the Exchange Control through the Authorised Dealer, attaching documentary evidence of depositing foreign currency proceeds with the bank . All licensed Post and Telecommunication operators are required to declare their earnings by completing the Form PTS1 on a monthly of Forms Within ninety (90) days following the last day of the month these services were rendered or when contractually due, the declared net funds should be received in Zimbabwe. :: Acquittance of Forms TR1:: Completion of Form PTS1 :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR[17]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign :: Documentary proof of receiving payment should be in form of a copy of a Telegraphic Transfer (TT), bank draft or foreign currency cash receipt may also be Upon receipt of export proceeds, the Authorized Dealer must pre-acquit the relevant Forms PTS1 within seven days, and submit to Exchange Control an application for final acquittal of the Forms PTS1, attaching documentary proof of receiving payment such as a copy of a Telegraphic Transfer (TT) bank draft or foreign currency cash Authorised Dealers shall not deposit the exporter s Corporate FCA (Exports) with export proceeds unless the form PTS1 has been properly acquitted in line with paragraph All service providers , other than providers of cross border road freight services, tourism activities and, posts and telecommunication services, shall complete the Form GSD when a service has been rendered to a foreigner. Acquittance of Forms Within ninety (90) days following the last day of the month these services were rendered, the declared net funds should be received in Zimbabwe. . Upon receipt of export proceeds, the Authorized Dealer must pre-acquit the relevant Forms GSD within seven days, and submit to Exchange Control an application for final acquittal of the Forms GSD, attaching documentary proof of receiving payment such as a copy of a Telegraphic Transfer (TT) bank draft or foreign currency cash Authorised Dealers shall not deposit the exporter s Corporate FCA (Exports) with export proceeds unless the Forms GSD has been properly acquitted in line with paragraph Foreign currency cash that may be exported by residents in person or in baggage is USD10, 000. However, amounts above the set thresholds require prior Exchange Control Repatriation of foreign currency cash by Authorised Dealers to their corresponding banks requires prior Exchange Control of Form GSDExport of Foreign Currency Cash4 :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR :: SECTION FOUR[18] These include cross border bus operators, cross border rail transport, corporate business consultancy services, cross border insurance Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign There are no limits on the importation of foreign currency cash by Authorised Dealers. However, such importation requires specific Exchange Control approval to ensure that the country s anti-money laundering rules are adhered The capital account has been partially liberalised in Zimbabwe. Applications pertaining to the receipt or payment of capital transfers and/or acquisition/disposal of non-financial assets as well as transactions associated with changes of ownership in the foreign financial assets and liabilities of the country must form the basis of specific applications to the Exchange Control Review Committee (ECRC). This Committee is responsible for considering and making decisions on all applications relating to the capital account. The common cases considered by the Exchange Control Review Committee are detailed The requirement for vetting of Capital Account transactions should be taken as a necessary measure to ensure that the country is cushioned against global economic and financial shocks which have a bearing on foreign private capital flows, such as to protect the country against capital While these requirements have been put in place, due cognizance has been taken of ensuring that Zimbabwe remains a conducive market that fosters the free and unfettered mobility of local and foreign capital. These Guidelines are therefore meant to bring administrative clarity to Authorised Dealers in the handling of foreign investment proposals and the Exchange Control Review Committee shall always accept for consideration any innovative proposals that fall outside these Guidelines. Importation of Foreign Currency Cash by Authorised DealersCurrent PolicyForeign Investment5 CAPITAL ACCOUNT TRANSACTIONS [19] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign These Guidelines shall continue to be reviewed to be consistent with developments in both the domestic economy and global financial Foreign investors may invest up to 40% in unlisted companies for existing projects and Exchange Control approval shall be sought for such investments . Disinvestment proposals arising from companies that had invested in Zimbabwe and are in the process of winding down and closing their operations. In most instances, the disposal of the associated assets realizes proceeds which the investors will seek authority to remit to various offshore destinations of their In terms of current Exchange Control policy on capital remittances, all disinvestment proceeds arising from pre-May 1993 investments , which shall continue to require prior Exchange Control approval, shall be eligible for re-investment on the domestic market for a period of 5 years prior to However, the following Exchange Control conditions of accelerated remittance shall continue to apply:- i. If the disinvestment proposal results in localization of ownership; or the sale of foreign shares to locals is discounted by 10% or more in the company s net asset value and dividend savings. Investment in Unlisted Companies:: Disinvestment from an Unlisted Company [20] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign Disinvestment proceeds arising from post-May 1993 investments are fully remittable after Exchange Control approval has been granted. Investors may remit offshore any capital plus appreciation as well as dividends in full, as and when they To facilitate the processing of such proposals the following details must be furnished to Exchange Control:- i. The date when the investment was undertaken; Ii. The disinvesting company s registration documents, as well as the liquidation and distribution account from a reputable firm of auditors; Iii. Details on how the foreign investment was funded originally as well as documentary evidence of the receipt of the funds in foreign currency through normal banking channels; Iv. Latest audited financial statements; v. Justification of valuation methods used to deduce the share disposal value, vi. A valuation certificate from a reputable independent valuator, in case where the initial investment was in the form of physical assets; vii. A sale agreement, where the disinvestment is by way of sale of shares, giving full names of the buyer(s) and their respective residential status. viii. Indication whether the shares (if any) are being disposed at par, premium or at a discount . Investors may only remit the initial capital outlay plus appreciation after Exchange Control approval has been These applications are in respect of investments by foreigners into existing local enterprises not listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE). The transactions effectively results in shifts and changes in shareholding structure and ownership which impacts on the capital The same procedures apply to listed companies, where the foreign investor intends to acquire more than the stipulated 40% threshold on the ZSE. :: Application Details for Disinvestment ProposalsDilution into an Unlisted Company[21] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Control generally considers up to 40% equity participation in existing companies by foreign investors, which threshold is in line with ZIA and ZSE policy aimed at promoting growth of investment in new operations rather than in existing To facilitate the processing of such applications, applicants should furnish the following information to Exchange Control; i. Latest audited financial statements for the entity whose shareholding is the subject the dilution; ii. Demonstration of whether the shares/equity are being bought at par or at a premium, iii. Indication of how the shares will be financed; iv. Justification for the dilution, will the dilution proposal rescue local operations and/or jobs; v. Details of applicants business in Zimbabwe including full names of the shareholders, their residential status and percentage shareholding before and after the dilution Mergers and acquisitions arise where two or more entities, listed or unlisted, intend to amalgamate or where one company intends to acquire a majority stake in another company. These proposals are considered on a case by case basis, with consideration granted towards the benefits encumbered in the amalgamation or the acquisition of the company(s). The following information must be submitted to Exchange Control with the application for a merger:- i. Details of the ownership structure or control of the merging entities before and after the merger; ii. Details of the share acquisitions to facilitate the merger and change of directorship; iii. Latest audited financial statements of the merging entities;:: Application Details for Dilution Proposals:: Mergers and Acquisitions:: Application Details for Mergers[22] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign :: iv. Expected time frame or scale for the completion of the merger; v. Reasons for the merger and benefits to accrue from the merger; vi. Projected plans for the merged business; vii. Market share of the merging entities and estimate of market share after the merger supported by a clearance letter from the Anti Monopolies and Competition Commission ; and viii. Impact of the merger at the local level and details of localities where competition may be reduced as a result of the The following information must be submitted to Exchange Control with the application for acquisitions:- i. Details of the ownership structure or control of the companies involved in the acquisition; ii. Details of the share acquisitions and change of directorship; iii. Latest audited financial statements of the concerned companies; iv. Expected time frame or scale for the completion of the acquisition; v. Reasons for the acquisition and benefits to accrue from the acquisition; vi. Projected business plans for the acquired entity;:: Restructuring and Rights Issue of Shares Companies can raise capital through issuing additional shares to existing shareholders in its books in given proportions approved by the shareholders. Such restructuring exercises overally result in changes in company ownership, which requires specific approval by Exchange Control. The following should be furnished to Exchange Control for all company restructuring proposals:-:: Application Details for Acquisitions:: Application Details for Restructuring and Rights Issue of Shares[23] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign :: i. An organogram showing the group s ownership structure and percentage shareholding both before and after the proposed restructuring; ii. The rationale for restructuring and basis for share swap; iii. Latest audited financial statements for the swapping entities. This relates to outward foreign direct investment by Zimbabwean residents into foreign or offshore markets, subject to meeting Exchange Control Crossborder investments should benefit the country in terms of, inter alia, creation of new market opportunities, employment and generation of foreign currency resources. Crossborder investments can be in the form of the establishment of offshore branches or subsidiaries and these proposals require prior Exchange Control approval, where consideration is done on a case by case Residents with approved crossborder investments are not allowed to create foreign liabilities or exposures which have a reducing effect on their shareholding or create foreign obligations for the country in the event of default. In cases where such borrowing becomes necessary, prior Exchange Control approval is required.:: Application Details for Crossborder Investment The following information must be submitted to Exchange Control with the application for crossborder investments:- i. The name of the company intending to invest offshore; ii. Detailed ownership structure, including residential status of the shareholders of the company; iii. The company s local and foreign business focus; iv. The rationale for investing offshore as well as the company s focus on the new proposed project; v. The initial capital requirement, purchase consideration or payment terms (source of funding); vi. A five-year historical analysis of the company s operations as well as export track record :: Cross Border Investments[24] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::supported by suitable documentary evidence and; vii. A five-year cash-flow projection, clearly showing the investments anticipated, annual turnover, total costs, net profits, dividends and other income accruing to Zimbabwe from the crossborder Guidelines governing the participation of foreign investors or non-residents on the Zimbabwe Stock Foreign investors or non-residents may participate on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange provided they finance the purchase of shares by inward transfer of foreign currency through normal banking The purchase of shares shall be limited to 40% of the total equity of the company with a single investor acquiring a maximum of 10% of the shares on offer. These limits are in addition to any foreign shareholding existing in the companies prior to 1st May Non resident Zimbabweans can invest up to 70% on the Stock The investments proceeds will qualify for 100% remittability rights subject to deduction of the relevant withholding Disinvestment proceeds will be freely Any amounts arising from capital appreciation and capital gains made on disposal of such Investment in Listed Companies:: Listed Shares (Equities)[25] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::investments will be freely remittable subject to the deduction of capital gains Corporate entities are not permitted to acquire shares on external stock exchanges in terms of existing Exchange Control No prior Exchange Control approval will be necessary for foreign investors wanting to participate on the Zimbabwe Stock Authorised Dealers shall on behalf of non-resident investors receive funds for onward transmission to Stock Brokers for purchase of Shares purchased on behalf of the foreign investors shall be registered into either their own names or the names of Nominee The share certificates, once registered accordingly should be endorsed NON-RESIDENT, and for dual quoted shares, a further endorsement FOR SALE WITHIN ZIMBABWE ONLY , will be required. Authorised Dealers will be responsible for such endorsement. The certificates may be delivered to the foreign investor or his bankers according to For the purpose of dividend payments, the investors will enjoy 100% dividend remittance rights, and Authorised Dealers can process these remittances without prior Exchange Control The Transfer Secretary of each listed company shall be responsible for ensuring that the 10% per foreign investor and the 40% overall limits are adhered If shares are to be registered in the name of a local Nominee Company, it shall be the responsibility of that company to inform the Transfer Secretary on whose behalf shares are held to comply with the 40% and 10% limits. Should a foreign investor exceed the 10% limit, the Transfer Secretary shall not effect registration and is obliged to report to the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The latter shall issue :: Modus Operandi for Investment on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange[26] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::a directive to the investor to sell the excess shares within sixty days. Any losses incurred shall be for the investor s account. The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange shall be required to report the matter to the Reserve Bank of Should the new collective foreign ownership exceed the 40% limit, the Transfer Secretary shall be obliged to report to the Stock Exchange who should give a directive to the foreign investor responsible for exceeding the limit (on the basis of LIFO) to sell sufficient shares to bring the collective ownership within the 40% ceiling. Any loses incurred shall be dealt with as in ( ) On disinvestments, the shares shall be sold by the stock broker on instruction. Authorised Dealers, after satisfying themselves with the transactions, shall arrange a draft to be sent to the foreign investor without seeking prior Exchange Control Zimbabwe Stock Exchange shall submit monthly returns to Exchange Control, on all transactions effected over the period, amounts received, shares purchased and any Investment on the Money Foreign investors may subscribe for up to 35% of primary issues of bonds and stocks provided the purchase is financed by inward transfer of foreign currency through normal banking channels. There is no limit on the level of participation by each investor, who are free to dispose of their investments in the secondary market. However, the foreign investors are not permitted to make purchases from the secondary All cases for dual listing shall require prior Exchange Control In cases of dual listing, the primary listing shall be on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange with a minimum of at least 60% of listed shares at all times. Foreign investors shall, however, be permitted to buy up to 40% of the shares in the dual listed company in line with existing Exchange Control Listing[27] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign Full fungibility shall be permitted up to 40% of the company s shares held by Where secondary listing is on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, full fungibility is not Local Sellers i. Shares are delivered in negotiable order to a Zimbabwe broker. Ii. Shares can be sold offshore if there is no Zimbabwe buyer and if the price offshore is higher. iii. These shares are then sold offshore by a foreign broker. iv. The foreign broker then confirms the sale to the Zimbabwe broker. v. The sale confirmation and documentation in negotiable order are sent to the local transfer secretaries and the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. vi. The transfer secretary issues a Removal Receipt upon approval by the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. vii. The Zimbabwe broker sends the foreign broker the Removal Receipt. viii. The foreign broker remits the proceeds to the Zimbabwe broker through normal banking channels. Ix. The Zimbabwe broker pays his Zimbabwe client. x. The Zimbabwe broker furnishes proof of the receipt of foreign funds to the transfer secretary within 30 days of the sale. The letter from the bank confirming receipt of funds is to be signed by two authorized signatories and submitted to Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and Exchange Control. xi. The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange will monitor the activities of brokers and transfer secretaries. Xii. The Removal Receipt is the release in effect of the scrip prior to release of funds. xiii. The 30-day period will be strictly enforced. Primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the procedures rests with the transfer secretary who will report any non-compliance to the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and the Reserve Bank of Foreign Investor i. Authorized Dealers have to advise the Reserve Bank of receipt of funds through normal banking channels supported by suitable documentary evidence. ii. Foreigners who wish to transfer shares to an external register may only do so by first :: Modus Operandi for Dual Listed Shares[28] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::presenting evidence of the inward transfer of funds to the Transfer Secretary who will advise Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. iii. The Transfer Secretary will issue a Removal Receipt upon approval of the inward transfer of funds by the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and presentation of suitable evidence, including the transfer form and the share certificate. iv. The foreign investor will use the Removal Receipt to effect the transfer of shares to the external Foreign investors may transfer shares from an external register to the Zimbabwe register, sell the shares and repatriate the proceeds using existing procedures in place for dual listed shares. ii. Zimbabwe resident individuals may not purchase shares externally unless they have free funds . Zimbabwean companies and corporate bodies may not purchase shares The removal of a security from a Register in Zimbabwe to a Register outside Zimbabwe requires the prior permission of the Exchange The removal of a security from a Register outside Zimbabwe to a Register in Zimbabwe, similarly requires the prior permission of the Exchange Authorised Dealers can process external loans and/or trade credits of up to USD5 million without prior ELCC approval. All applications for external loans in excess of the stipulated threshold must be submitted to the Reserve Bank for ELCC All external loans and/or trade credits must be processed in line with the existing ELCC guidelines . Authorised Dealers shall submit a monthly return (EC Form Loans) to Exchange Control. Inward Transfer of shares Removal of Shares Between RegistersExternal Loans and/or Trade Credits[29] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign Authorised Dealers shall submit a monthly return (EC Form 2L) to Exchange Control by the 7th of the following month for transactions of the previous month (See Appendix 4). All applications for external loans and/or trade credits above the stipulated threshold should be addressed to:The SecretaryExternal Loans Coordinating Committee (ELCC) Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe80 Samora Machel AvenueP O Box To Authorised Dealers can on-lend to individuals and corporates to meet current account and domestic funding requirements without seeking prior permission from Exchange Control. However, any lending to meet capital account obligations requires specific Exchange Control Authorised Dealers are advised that it is not the requirement of Exchange Control to have documentation (invoices) submitted for payment purposes but banks are expected to exercise due diligence and apply prudential lending practices in advancing loans to individuals and Authorised Dealers shall on a weekly basis submit EC Form Loans to Exchange Control for all loans and overdrafts extended to clients in the previous week. The EC Form Loans must be submitted every Monday by hr. (See Appendix 5) Non-resident individuals may not borrow from authorised Dealers without prior Exchange Control approval. Non-resident controlled companies may borrow locally to finance working Lending by Authorised Dealers To Non-Residents [30] :: SECTION FIVEExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::capital on ratio of 1:1 with shareholders funds, the total amount they can borrow may not exceed their shareholders funds. Exchange Control regards shareholders funds to include; issued share capital; share premium; capital/revenue reserves; shareholders loans; and retained earnings. Such borrowing shall however, require prior Exchange Control All Capital Account applications and foreign transactions not covered in both the Exchange Control Regulations Statutory Instrument 109 of 1996 and Exchange Control (General) Order, (Statutory Instrument 110 of 1996), are subject to prior approval by the Exchange Control Review The ECRC meets once every week, to review applications, and all Review Applications are normally processed within 14 days from the date of submission of sufficient application details. Exchange Control reserves the right to request additional information in cases where submitted details are not adequate to enable the Committee to make a decision on the Any person who is not satisfied by Exchange Control s decision(s) may appeal against the decision(s) within 30-days after being notified of the decision(s), to the Exchange Control Review Committee, through their bankers. The Committee, after deliberating on the matter as it considers necessary, may confirm, vary or set aside the Exchange Control s Control Review CommitteeOther - Second Appeals and/Or Exemptions :: SECTION FIVE[31]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign :: 6 RETURNS TO THE RESERVE Authorised Dealers are required to submit Exchange Control Returns to Exchange Control Division through the Authorised Dealers Head Office and these returns must be submitted electronically through Bank Supervision Application System (BSA). In addition, hard copies duly signed by authorised signatories must be submitted to Exchange Control with the relevant The following Exchange Control returns are submitted to the Reserve Bank also for Balance of Payments reporting purposes. Exchange Control shall issue in the form of a Directive detailed formats of the returns listed hereunder: i. Nostro Balances Return ii. External Payments Returns iii. External Loan Transactions Return iv. Domestic Foreign Currency Loans Return v. Foreign Currency Inflows Return vi. Money Transfer Agencies Return APPENDIX 1: List of Authorised Dealers in Zimbabwe :: SECTION SIX :: SECTION FOUR[32]Exchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::NameAddress Head OfficeAgricultural Bank of ZimbabweHurudza House14-16 Nelson Mandela AvenueHARAREBancABC Limited1 Endeavour CrescentMount PleasantHARAREBarclays Bank of ZimbabweCnr Paisley Road/ Birmingham RoadHARARECFX Merchant Bank LimitedCentury Towers,45 Samora Machel Avenue HARARECommercial Bank of Zimbabwe Limited60 Nkwame Nkrumah AvenueHARAREFirst Banking CorporationOld Reserve Bank Building76 Samora Machel AvenueHARAREGenesis Investment Bank LimitedCnr HouseSamora Machel AvenueHARAREInterfin Merchant Bank Limited3rd Floor, Social Security CentreCnr. J. Nyerere Way / 2nd StreetHarareIntermarket Banking Corporation Limited10th Floor, Intermarket CentreCnr, 1st First Street / Kwame Nkrumah AvenueHARAREKingdom Bank Limited6th Floor, Karigamombe Centre53 Samora Machel AvenueHarareMBCA Bank LimitedOld Mutual CentreThird StreetHARAREMetropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe LimitedMetropolitan House3 Central AvenueHARARENMB Bank Limited1st Floor, Unity CourtHARAREPremier Banking Corporation2 Pious RoadBlock A, Sam Levy s Office ParkBorrowdaleHARARERennaissance Merchant Bank7th Floor, Karigamombe Centre53 Samora Machel AvenueHARAREStanbic Bank of Zimbabwe Limited59 Samora Machel AvenueHARAREStandard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe LimitedJohn Boyne House38 Speke AvenueHARARETN Bank Limited5th Floor101 Union BuildingKwame NkrumahZimbabwe Allied Banking Group13th Floor, Social Security CentreCnr. Sam Nujoma/Julius Nyerere WayHARAREZB Bank LimitedZimbank HouseFirst StreetHARAREExchange Guidelines Foreign Exchange Guidelines Foreign ::APPENDIX 1: List of Authorised Dealers in Zimbabwe12345678910111213141516171820

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