To curb the outflow of dollars, SBP has made it mandatory for the people travelling to Afghanistan to carry just $1,000 per person per visit with the maximum annual limit of $6,000.
KARACHI: The rupee snapped the losing streak against the US dollar with a gain of 9 paisas (0.05 percent) on Thursday.
According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the US dollar opened at Rs170.96 and closed at Rs170.87. Within the open market, the rupee was traded at Rs171/171.50 per dollar, showing a little improvement as it hit Rs172 a day earlier.
The rupee made an all-time historic low of 170.96 on Wednesday last against the US dollar. The Pakistani rupee shed Rs0.39 during the last four days against the US dollar, while depreciation during the fiscal year 2021-22 has been Rs13.45.
The local currency has shed Rs10.60 against the US dollar in the current year 2021. Rupee has maintained a downtrend after it touched 22-month high of Rs152.27 in May 2021, losing a cumulative Rs18.56 in the past five months to date.
The fresh all-time low of the local currency can be attributed to the latest reports of massive rise in import bill during the first quarter of the current fiscal year. The higher import bill also widened the trade deficit significantly.
The trade deficit ballooned by almost 100 percent to $11.66 billion during the quarter under review, compared with the deficit of $5.81 billion in the same period of the last year.
The currency experts said that the rupee made some gains as the State Bank of Pakistan has introduced more restrictions to curb outflows of foreign currency during the last couple of weeks.
The experts said the measures taken by the central bank, inflows of home remittances and export receipts helped the rupee make recovery during the session.
New measures to curb outflow of dollars
In its latest measures, the central bank allowed the people travelling to Afghanistan to carry just $1,000 per person per visit with the maximum annual limit of $6,000.
The SBP also made it mandatory for the exchange companies to undertake biometric verification for foreign currency sale or purchase transactions above $500.
However, despite these measures, the local currency has been under pressure for the last two months.