New Delhi: The government on Friday slashed the import tariff value of gold marginally to USD 550 per 10 grams amid weak global prices of the precious metal.
The tariff value of silver has, however, been hiked marginally to USD 1062 a kg.
The tariff value is the base price on which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing.
During November, tariff value of gold stood at USD 561 per 10 grams and of silver at USD 1058 a kg.
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) on Friday issued a notification in this regard.
Apart from precious metals, the government reduced the import tariff value of RBD palmolein to USD 872 per tonne from USD 887 a tonne in the last month.
The import tariff value of brass scrap has been increased to USD 4069 per tonne from USD 4,029 a tonne in the review period.
The government decided to bring down the import tariff value of precious metals as global prices have weakened.
Gold was costing USD 1,697.35 an ounce in Singapore, the least expensive since December 7.
In the national capital, gold prices on Friday declined for the second consecutive day to Rs 31,400 per ten gram taking cues from global market.
Traditionally, India has been the world's largest consumer and importer of gold. Last year, imports were to the tune of 969 tonnes.
However, doubling of the excise duty to 4 percent in the last budget and the curbs that RBI imposed on gold loan value (down from 85-90 percent of the value of jewellery to 60 percent) and banning banks from funding gold purchase by loan companies have led to sharp drop in imports.
In April-October, gold imports declined 35 percent Y-o-Y and overall imports is set to drop over 17 percent to 800 tonnes this year.


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