Riders on car imports from EU
The move is aimed at protecting the domestic automobile industry from any adverse impact of the availability of cheaper European cars in India, say senior officials in the commerce ministry. In return, India is set to push for lowering of taxes on small cars going to European countries.
"Quantitative restriction on the number of vehicles to be shipped in from EU could be a way out since India-EU FTA is a priority," a senior official in the commerce ministry told FE. Under the proposed free trade pact, EU has demanded an import duty relaxation, especially on luxury cars with minimum engine capacity of up to 1,500 cc, to 30% from the existing 60% but the Indian government till now has not agreed to the same so far, official sources said.
"India may put restrictions on the number of cars exported by the automobile companies in EU. For example, we will fix a quota upto which a German or French automobile company can export cars every year,Ē the official said. Besides, we can also propose a caveat whereby India will be
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