Guide to NSIC Bill Discounting Scheme
NSIC Bill Discounting Scheme
National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) provides bill discounting facilities for SSI or MSME undertakings in India. The NSIC bill discounting scheme covers purchase or discounting of bills for trade transactions to reputed Public Limited Companies or State and Central Government Departments and Undertakings. In this article, we look at the bill discounting scheme in detail and procedure for availing the facilities.
Bill discounting refers to a practice wherein a bank or financial institution would purchase a bill before it is due for an amount after discounting bill discounting charges. Bill discounting facilities help businesses immediately realise the amount due without having to wait until the due date for payment by the customer. The following illustration provides an example of a bill discounting transaction:
NSIC Bill Discounting Scheme
The NSIC bill discounting scheme covers discounting of bills raised by SSI or MSME undertakings for trade transactions made with reputed Public Limited Companies, State Government Departments, Central Government Departments and Central Government Undertakings.
To be eligible for the scheme the bill raised by the SSI or MSME business must be on a reputed Public Limited Company or Government Department or Government Undertaking. Further, the maximum usance period of such bills should not exceed 90 days. The period of unexpired usance of the bill should also not exceed 90 days while the tenure of the statements must not exceed 120 days.
Security for Bill Discounting Facility
To avail the Bill discounting facility, the SSI or MSME must provide a bank guarantee equivalent to the value of assistance (including discounting charges & service charges for 90 days) in favour of NSIC. In such cases, the small business may also request NSIC for sanction of annual limits.
Bill of Exchange duly is accepted by large corporate units of sound financial standing with a turnover exceeding Rs 200 Crores and net-worth exceeding Rs 50 crores and which are profit making for the last three years are also accepted by the NSIC without any other security.
In addition to the above, personal guarantee of the Proprietor, Partners of Firm and Directors of the Company will also be requested by NSIC for providing the bill discounting facility.
Interest on Bill Discounting Facility
The following interest charges levy for bill discounting assistance against the security of Bank Guarantee or Savings Deposit Receipts or Fixed Deposit Receipts:
In case of delay in payment beyond 90 days, interest on delayed payment will be applicable at 3% over and above the standard rate of interest (i.e. 13.40%).
Service Charge for Bill Discounting Facility
In addition to the interest charges, minimum service charges will be 0.25% for the first 30 days and 0.08% per week for a period after 30 days subject to a maximum of 3% of the principal amount (i.e. the amount of invoice to be discounted). In case of businesses having an NSIC sanctioned Bill Discounting facility, commitment charge at 2% per annum on the limit authorised is collected in advance instead of service charge in every transaction.
Units placed in the northeastern region enjoy discounts on service charges. For units in North Eastern Region, the minimum service charges will be 0.13% for first 30 days and after that 0.04% per week subject to a maximum of 1.50% of the principal amount. i.e. amount of invoice to be discounted). In case of businesses placed in the northeastern region having an NSIC sanctioned Bill Discounting facility, commitment charge at 1% per annum on the limit authorised is collected in advance instead of service charge in every transaction.
Also, non-refundable processing fee at 0.2% of application amount will be collected in advance on receipt of the application for NSIC Bill discounting facility. In case of renewal of an existing NSIC bill discounting facility, processing charges will be 0.1% of the renewal amount.
Procedure for Obtaining NSIC Bill Discounting Facility
To obtain NSIC Bill Discounting facility, SSI or MSME businesses can apply to the concerned NSIC office by submitting the NSIC Bill Discounting Scheme Application Form along with the relevant documents. For more information or assistance you can also visit IndiaFilings.com or get in touch with an IndiaFilings Business Advisor.