Seeking to end more than a decade-old concession, the Revenue Department issued a notification that amended rules so as to "disallow import of flat panel (LCD/LED/Plasma) television as part of free baggage allowance" with effect from August 26. The notification was tabled in Parliament on Monday.
    
This would mean travellers bringing in LCD/LED/Plasma TV as part of baggage from August 26 would have to pay customs duty at the rate of 35 percent, plus an education cess of 3 percent on it. The effective rate of import duty would be 36.05 percent.
     
As the Current Account Deficit (CAD) continued to swell at high proportions in the first four months on the back of surging gold imports, the government last week raised duty on gold, platinum and silver to 10 percent.
    
Finance Minister P Chidambaram had also said that steps would be taken to compress import of non-essential goods.
     
Import of gold went up by a huge 87 percent from 205 tonnes in April-July 2012 to 383 tonnes during the corresponding period this year. In value terms, the increase was 68 percent from Rs 56,488 crore to Rs 95,092 crore.
    
In the case of silver, import during April-July 2013 was valued at Rs 12,789 crore in comparison with Rs 4,281 crore during the corresponding period year ago, registering a 200 percent increase.

(Agencies)

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