Gold import duty hiked to 6%, ETFs to earn on physical gold
Economic affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram said this would help reduce the demand for gold imports, but analysts warned that duty hike could increase smuggling. Currently, mutual funds do not earn any returns on the gold held by them under gold ETFs.
Also, the government has made the gold deposit scheme more attractive for individuals to deposit their idle gold with banks. The minimum quantity of gold that can be deposited with banks will be reduced and the minimum tenure of deposit will be cut to six months from the present stipulation of three years. As and when a customer seeks redemption, gold will be returned to them, Mayaram said, adding the entire exercise will not have any risks.
On Monday, gold traded at R30,935 per 10 grams. Following the import duty hike, gold prices went up by R315 to R31,250 per 10 grams in Delhi.
The duty changes (customs and excise) will be applicable on gold
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