China central bank issues draft rules to cap banks’ commercial bill financing business

People walk past the headquarters of the PBOC, the central bank, in Beijing
FILE PHOTO: People walk past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

January 14, 2022

BEIJING (Reuters) -China’s central bank published draft rules on Friday to strengthen risk management over the use of commercial bills, and set up caps for banks’ commercial bills financing business, according to a statement.

Banks and finance companies shall not conduct commercial bill financing business of more than 15% of their total assets, according to the draft released by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC).

Financial institutions should also be prudent when conducting commercial paper business, and take measures to prevent market risks and credit risks, according to the rules.

Commercial paper is commonly used by Chinese corporates as a payable that promises suppliers future payment on a fixed date. It has increasingly became a source of funding for some sectors, including the property sector, locked out of other financing channels.

(Reporting by Beijing Newsroom and Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Toby Chopra)