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Govt hikes import tariff value on gold, silver

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: The government on Friday hiked the import tariff value on gold and silver to $424 per 10 grams and $650 per kg respectively, in view of volatile global price trends.

Till the first fortnight of May, tariff value on imported gold stood at $422 per 10 grams and silver at $632 per kg.

The import tariff value — base price at which customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing — is revised on a fortnightly basis taking into account the volatility in global prices.

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

In Singapore, gold prices have risen by 0.46 % to $1,294.20 from $1,288 per ounce in last one fortnight. Similarly, silver prices have also increased to $19.36 per ounce from $19.14 per ounce in the review period.

However in the national capital, gold prices fell to Rs29,600 per 10 grams on Friday, as compared to Rs30,585 on 1 May.

Due to government curbs, the country’s total gold and silver imports dropped 40% to $33.46 billion in 2013-14, as against $55.79 billion in the previous year.

Gold is the second largest import item for India after petroleum. The government had taken several measures to curb gold shipments to address the high current account deficit.

These measures include raising the import duty to 10% on the metal and also made it mandatory for traders to export 20% of the imported gold.

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