Shanghai Banking and Finance
On February 10, 2020, the Shanghai banking authority announced the reduction of financing guarantee rate for related enterprises by 0.5% per year. Furthermore, the city also encouraged all banks to renew loans that are due before June 30, 2020. This applies to customers who have a difficult time repaying amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Besides, they can renew their loans within a year. On the other hand, Shanghai also reduced the reloan guarantee rate for SMEs by half as well as waived the insurance fee.
Moreover, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce has required banking institutions to focus on meeting the needs of core foreign trade enterprises. The commission aims to expand financial support to enterprises with annual exports ranging from less than USD5 million to less than USD30 million.
Credit and financing policy
The People’s Bank of China has issued a refinancing policy worth RMB300 billion for epidemic prevention and control. It also declared a special rediscount policy worth RMB500 billion to finance enterprises upon resuming production.
The People’s Bank of China-Shanghai will provide USD20 billion worth of special credits for key enterprises in the field of foreign trade and economic cooperation. On the other hand, China Construction Bank has pledged a USD30 billion credit line for major researches and application fields.
Meanwhile, Pudong Development Bank will also provide USD20 billion special credit to key industries related to accommodation, catering and logistics.
Lastly, Shanghai also allocated a special reloan policy for key epidemic prevention enterprises. The People’s Bank of China-Shanghai offers a 50% financial discount for the actual loan interest rate of the enterprise. Further, the Pudong Development Bank of Shanghai and Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank have also reduced the loan lending rate to at least 25 basis points concerning the loan prime rate (LPR). Both banks have also issued preferential loans to relevant enterprises.
Tax exemption, reduction, and deferred payment
From February to March, the Shanghai local government has also exempted small and medium-sized enterprises from paying rent of real estate used for the production and operation of their businesses. Moreover, it extended the tax declaration period from April 20 to April 24, 2020.
Check out more details here: Policies Concerning Tax Payments amid COVID-19