India Cuts Import Tariff Value on Gold and Silver

The government today cut the import tariff value on gold and silver to USD 396 per 10 gram and USD 575 per kg, taking into account weak global trends.

For the second fortnight of September, the tariff value on imported gold was fixed at USD 420 per 10 gram, while that for silver at USD 645 per kg.

The import tariff value is the base price at which customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. It is revised on a fortnightly basis considering volatile global prices.

The slash in tariff value on imported gold and silver has been notified by the Central Board of Excise and Customs, an official statement said.

Besides, the government has also reduced the tariff value on imported both crude and soft palm oils to USD 725-764 per tonne, while it stood in the range of USD 743-773 per tonne in the second fortnight of September.

Taking weak global cues, the import tariff value on crude soyabean oil has also been cut to USD 838 per tonne from USD 890 per tonne, while the tariff value on imported poppy seed has been kept unchanged at USD 3,429 per tonne in the review period.

In Singapore market, gold prices fell by about 5.5 per cent for the month after hitting 9-month low of USD 1,206.85 last week as Asian equities remained unsettled by political unrest in Hong Kong.

Gold is the second largest import item for India after petroleum. The government has imposed several restriction to curb imports to contain current account deficit (CAD).

After registering decline, gold imports surged to USD 2.03 billion in August this year from USD 738.7 million in the same month last year, according to official data.

via Business Standard

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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