US President Donald Trump may call India the \u201ctariff king\u201d, but data show New Delhi has exercised \u201cmaximum self-restraint\u201d in taxing imports. While India\u2019s average bound rate \u2014 or the maximum duty it is allowed to charge under the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework \u2014 is as much as 48.5%, its actual applied tariff is as low as 13.8%, according to the WTO data. On a trade-weightage basis, the tariff is even lower \u2014 just 7.5%. In contrast, China\u2019s applied tariff of 9.8% is almost as high as its permissible limit (bound rate) of 10%, while South Korea\u2019s is 13.7% against 16.5%. Importantly, at an average of 3.4%, the actual US tariff is as much as it is allowed to slap. In other words, the US hasn\u2019t shown any restraint and hit the maximum ceiling of tariff barriers it\u2019s entitled to impose under the WTO rules, say analysts. The bound rates for countries are determined after serious negotiations at the WTO on a range of issues and indicators, including the stage of the development of an economy. Brazil, a member of the so-called BRICS grouping like China, charges as much as 13.4%, compared with its bound rate of 31.4%. Importantly, on a trade weightage basis, the tariff levels of both South Korea (9%) and Brazil (10.3%) are higher than India\u2019s (7.5%), while Beijing\u2019s (5.2%) is closer to New Delhi\u2019s. The tariff rates are based on the WTO's World Tariff Profile 2018. While US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross on May 7 flayed India for imposing \u201cnot justified\u201d tariff on ICT products (20%), motorcycles (50%) automobiles (60%) and alcoholic beverages (150%), the US charges 350% on tobacco (350%), 163.8% on peanuts, 48% on footwear, 38% on glassware for toilet and 32% on shoes. In fact, analysts say in some cases, duties are very difficult to calculate or implement. For instance, for every wristwatch, the tariff is 93 cents plus 4.8% on the value of the case plus 2.2% on the value of strap, band, and bracelet, they added. This means one needs to know the value of each component separately.