Import tariff value on gold, silver hiked

The government today raised import tariff value on gold to $396 per 10 grams and on silver to $561 per kg in line with volatile global price trends. The tariff value on imported gold was at $388 per 10 grams and silver at $540 per kg in the first fortnight of the current month.
The import tariff value is the base price at which customs duty is determined to prevent under—invoicing. It is revised on a fortnightly basis taking into account global prices. The increase in tariff value on imported gold has been notified by the Central Board of Excise and Customs, an official statement said.
Globally, gold and silver prices have been volatile in the last few weeks. In London, gold prices rose today 0.53 per cent to $1,199.80 per ounce, while silver rates too increased to $16.22 per ounce. In the domestic market, gold prices however showed a decline. Gold was sold at `.27,200 per 10 grams and silver at `.37,050 per kg in the national capital today.
A recent report commissioned by Wold Gold Council (WGC) has suggested that India should move beyond import curbs and should come up with a national gold policy to put an estimated 22,000 tons of idle gold assets into active use.
The report also recommended launch of several investment products, establishment of a Gold Board for managing import—export, develop accredited refineries, drive gold monetisation by incentivising banks and introduce compulsory quality certification of gold.
Source:Hindu business line
Source:Bullion Bulletin

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