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21 Jun 2018

India hits back at US, hikes customs-duty for 29 items

India increases customs duty for 29 US-imported items

India has increased customs duty on 29 products, including pulses and iron and steel products, imported from the US as a retaliatory action against the tariff hike by Washington.

The duty hike would come into effect immediately for 28 products, while for artemia, a kind of shrimp, the rate hike would be effective from August 4, the finance ministry said in a notification.

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India increases customs duty for 29 US-imported items
Import-duty on chana, masur, chikpeas hiked from 30% to 70%

Pulses, lentils, almonds

Import-duty on chana, masur, chikpeas hiked from 30% to 70%

As per the notification, the import-duty on chickpeas, Bengal gram (chana) and masur dal has been increased to 70% from 30%, while that on lentils has been hiked to 40% from 30%.

Shelled almonds will now attract import duty at Rs. 120/kg as against Rs. 100/kg earlier. Almonds in shell will attract import duty at the rate of Rs. 42/kg as against Rs. 35/kg.

Walnut and acids

Walnut in shell sees highest hike of 120% from 30%

Import duty on walnut in shell will attract customs duty at the rate of 120% as against 30% earlier. While apples will attract import duty of 75% as against 50% earlier.

The duty on boric acid has been hiked to 17.50%, while the import duty on phosphoric acid has been raised to 20% from 10% earlier.

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Flat-rolled iron products see 27.50% hike while steel sees 22.50%

Steel and Iron

Flat-rolled iron products see 27.50% hike while steel sees 22.50%

Import duty on diagnostic reagents has been doubled to 20%, while binders for foundry molds has been hiked to 17.5%.

Flat rolled products on iron has been raised to 27.50% from 15%, while certain flat rolled products on stainless steel would now attract 22.50% duty as against 15% earlier.

Duty on artemia has been raised to 30% with effect from August 4.

Automobiles

Automobiles, mechanical items will attract 25% duty against 15% earlier

Last week, India had submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) a list of 30 items on which it proposed to raise customs duty by up to 50%.

For automobiles and earth moving equipment, SIM socket, other mechanical items (metal) for use in manufacture of cellular mobile phones, the duty has been hiked to 25% from 15% earlier.

India proposed 50% hike on Harley Davidson and Triumph

As per the WTO list, it had proposed to hike customs duty on specified motorcycles, which primarily include Harley Davidson and Triumph, to 50%. However, this hike was not mentioned in the finance ministry notification.

The hike by India will have equal tariff-implications for US

Tit for tat

The hike by India will have equal tariff-implications for US

On March 9, US President Donald Trump imposed heavy-tariffs on imported steel and aluminum items, which had tariff implication of $241 million on India.

India has said the duty imposed by the US has affected steel exports by $198.6 million and aluminum shipments.

The duty hike by India would have an equivalent tariff implications for the US.

EU has also decided to levy higher import-duties on US-products

With the United States adopting protectionist policies and hiking import duties, a trade war like situation has emerged. The European Union has decided to levy higher import duties on a variety of US products and a similar action is being contemplated by China.

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