X Posted on the Iran News and Discussions ThreadIndia set to pay for Iranian oil using rupee from November: Sources – Reuters
NEW DELHI: India will settle payments for Iranian oil using through local banks starting in November as will make it difficult to settle trades through European banks, two industry sources said on Thursday.
In May, US President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and ordered the renewal of US sanctions. Some sanctions took effect from August 6 while those affecting the oil and banking sectors will start from November 4.
"We are bracing up for any eventuality we have to make a payment and we don't want to default on making payments," one of the sources said.
The sources said India has selected UCO Bank and IDBI Bank for facilitating payment to Iran.
Indian refiners are currently using State Bank of India and Germany-based Europaeisch-Iranische Handelsbank AG to buy Iranian oil in euros. SBI has told refiners it would stop handling Iran payments from November.
The second source said after the United States announced it would re-impose sanctions in May, Iran has already received payments for some cargoes in rupee.
Reuters in June reported that India is looking to revive the its earlier rupee payment mechanism with Iran. During the previous sanctions regime, India adopted a barter-like scheme to buy oil from Iran while the Middle Eastern country used rupees to import goods from India.
"Previously we settled 45 per cent of our trade in rupees this time it could be 100 per cent. We have to mutually decide the number," said the first source.
India, Iran's top oil client after China, is still seeking some exemptions to the sanctions from the US though some refiners have already curtailed purchases because of insurance issues
tied to the sanctions.
IDBI did not respond to requests for a comment while UCO Bank's Managing Director R K Takkar did not respond to phone calls seeking comment