Annual Report on Exchange Arrangements and Exchange Restrictions, 2007
Chapter

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Author(s):
International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department
Published Date:
October 2007
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(Position as of December 31, 2006)

Status under IMF Articles of Agreement
Article VIIIDate of acceptance: May 21, 1992.
Exchange Measures
Restrictions and/or multiple currency practicesNo restrictions as reported in the latest staff report as of December 31, 2006.
International security restrictionsNo.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Exchange Arrangement
CurrencyThe currency of the Marshall Islands is the U.S. dollar.
Exchange rate structureUnitary.
Classification
Exchange arrangement with no separate legal tenderThe authorities do not buy or sell foreign exchange. Foreign exchange transactions are handled by two commercial banks, which are authorized foreign exchange dealers and are regulated by a statutory banking commissioner. The banks buy and sell foreign exchange at the rates quoted in the international markets.
Exchange taxNo.
Exchange subsidyNo.
Forward exchange marketForward transactions may be conducted through commercial banks without restrictions.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Arrangements for Payments and Receipts
Prescription of currency requirementsOutward and inward payments may be settled in dollars or in any other convertible currency.
Controls on the use of domestic currencyn.a.
Use of foreign exchange among residentsn.a.
Payments arrangements
Regional arrangementsYes.
Administration of controlThere are no exchange control regulations.
Payments arrearsNo.
Controls on trade in gold (coins and/or bullion)n.a.
Controls on exports and imports of banknotes
On exportsn.a.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Resident Accounts
Foreign exchange accounts permittedYes.
Held domesticallyYes.
Approval requiredn.a.
Held abroadCommercial banks are not permitted to transfer abroad more than 30% of deposits received from residents. In practice, this regulation is not strictly enforced.
Approval requiredn.a.
Accounts in domestic currency held abroadThe dollar is used as domestic currency, and no distinction is made between accounts in dollars held domestically and those held abroad.
Accounts in domestic currency convertible into foreign currencyThe dollar is used as domestic currency, and balances may be converted into foreign currency without restriction.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Nonresident Accounts
Foreign exchange accounts permittedYes.
Approval requiredn.a.
Domestic currency accountsYes.
Convertible into foreign currencyYes.
Approval requiredn.a.
Blocked accountsNo.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Imports and Import Payments
Foreign exchange budgetNo.
Financing requirements for importsNo.
Documentation requirements for release of foreign exchange for importsNo.
Import licenses and other nontariff measuresImports are not subject to licensing requirements, but importers must obtain a business license.
Negative listImports of some products are prohibited for environmental, health, safety, or social reasons.
Other nontariff measuresn.a.
Import taxes and/or tariffsSpecific and ad valorem duties are levied on imports. Ad valorem duties range from 5% to 150%. Most items are subject to an 8% tariff rate; higher rates apply to motor vehicles (15%), gasoline (20%), and alcoholic drinks (25%). Specific duties apply to motor vehicles whose value cannot be determined; cigarettes and other tobacco products (excluding cigars, which have a tariff rate of 150%); soft drinks; beer; wine; and spirits.
State import monopolyNo.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Exports and Export Proceeds
Repatriation requirementsNo.
Financing requirementsNo.
Documentation requirementsNo.
Export licensesThe exportation of copra and its by-products is conducted solely by the government-owned Tobolar Copra Processing Plant, Inc.
Export taxesNo.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Payments for Invisible Transactions and Current Transfers
Controls on these transfersNo.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Proceeds from Invisible Transactions and Current Transfers
Repatriation requirementsNo.
Restrictions on use of fundsNo.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Capital Transactions
Controls on capital transactionsYes.
Repatriation requirementsNo.
Controls on capital and money market instruments
On capital market securities
Bonds or other debt securitiesn.a.
On money market instrumentsn.a.
On collective investment securitiesn.a.
Controls on derivatives and other instrumentsn.a.
Controls on credit operationsn.a.
Controls on direct investment
Outward direct investmentn.a.
Inward direct investmentForeign investors are required to submit applications to the registrar of corporations and obtain licenses in order to engage in business or to acquire an interest in a business in the Marshall Islands.
Controls on liquidation of direct investmentn.a.
Controls on real estate transactions
Purchase abroad by residentsn.a.
Purchase locally by nonresidentsForeigners are prohibited from owning land, but investors may obtain long-term leases for up to 50 years with an option to renew on land needed for their businesses.
Sale locally by nonresidentsn.a.
Controls on personal capital transactions
Loansn.a.
Gifts, endowments, inheritances, and legaciesn.a.
Settlements of debts abroad by immigrantsn.a.
Transfer of assetsn.a.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Provisions Specific to the Financial Sector
Provisions specific to commercial banks and other credit institutionsn.a.
Provisions specific to institutional investorsn.a.
References to legal instruments and hyperlinksn.a.
Changes during 2006
No significant changes occurred in the exchange and trade system.

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