Govt slashes tariff value on imported gold & silver

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 30 2013, 01:34am hrs
GoldThe government slashed the import tariff value on gold to USD 405 per ten gram (Reuters)
The government today slashed the import tariff value on gold and silver to USD 405 per ten gram and USD 642 per kg, respectively, in line with global trends.

The import tariff value is the base price at which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. The tariff value on imported gold stood at USD 414 per 10 grams, while on silver at USD 672 per kg till yesterday.

The notification in this regard has been issued by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), an official statement said.

Besides precious metals, the tariff value on imported brass scrap has also been reduced to USD 3906 per tonne from USD 3995 per tonne. However, import tariff value on areca nut and some vegetables has been kept unchanged.

The tariff value on imported poppy seeds has been raised to USD 2781 per tonne from USD 2556 per tonne that prevailed till yesterday.

The import tariff value on gold has been changed due to volatility in precious metals in the global market.

International gold prices have fallen below USD 1250 an ounce now from the level of USD 1322 per ounce early this month. Similarly, silver prices have slipped below USD 20 per ounce.

However in the domestic market, gold prices were ruling firm at Rs 31,320 per ten gram in the national capital due to high premium charges on the yellow metal in the wake of tight supply following the government's gold import curbs

India, the world's largest consumer of gold, imported 393.68 tonnes of the yellow metal during the April-September period of this year, as per official data.

The government has taken several steps to reduce gold imports, including hike in custom duties.