OUR STAFF REPORTER KARACHI - The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has extended the limits sanctioned by banks to individual exporters under Part-II of the Export Finance Scheme (EFS) /Islamic Export Refinance Scheme (IERS) for the year 2010-11 up to August 31, 2011. A circular issued on Monday said that the State Bank had decided to continue the existing limits sanctioned by banks to individual exporters up to August 31, 2011 aiming to ensure the financing facilities available to exporters till finalisation of their new limits under Part-II of the Scheme. It may be pointed out here that export refinance limits sanctioned in favour of banks for the year 2010-11 are due to expire on 30-06-2011. Under the present system, exporters are required to submit EE-1 statement for the year 2010-11, duly verified by the Foreign Exchange Operations Department of SBP-BSC, latest by August 31, 2011. Therefore, banks would not be in a position to work out revised entitlement of limits for each exporter under Part-II of the Scheme for the year 2011-12. According to IH & SMEFD Circular Letter No.10 of June 21, 2011, the facility under Part-II of Scheme is self regulating and exporters should be able to evaluate correctly their export earnings during 2010-11, work out their own estimates as to the quantum of their entitlement for the year 2011-12 and should accordingly adjust their existing borrowings on or before end June 2011 to avoid utilisation of excess facilities under the scheme during the period of roll over which would be subject to non refundable fine. Requests from banks for limits under the Export Finance Scheme and Islamic Export Refinance Scheme for the year 2011-12 may be submitted to Infrastructure Housing and SME Finance Department (IH & SMEFD) of SBP separately up to June 25, 2011 to enable it to finalise limits for the year 2011-12, the circular letter said. Similarly, in order to ensure that financing facilities are available to borrowers till finalisation of new limits under Long Term Financing Facility (LTFF) Scheme for the financial year 2011-12, it has been decided to continue with the existing limit until fresh limits for FY 2011-12 are notified. All banks/DFIs have been advised to furnish to SBP the limit requirements for FY 2011-12 under LTFF Scheme and borrower-wise details of cases being sanctioned and application(s) in process latest by June 25, 2011, to enable it to finalise the new limits, it added.