New Delhi: The government on Monday slashed the import tariff value of gold to USD 421 per ten grams and that of imported silver to USD 709 per kg, considering the falling trend in global prices.
    
Tariff value is the base price on which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. Last month, the tariff value of gold was at USD 459 per 10 grams and silver at USD 737 per kg.
    
The notification in this regard has been issued by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

Government has reduced the import tariff value of gold as global prices in Singapore have been volatile in the last few days. Global prices on Monday fell by 1.4 percent to USD 1,278.94 an ounce and silver by 2.8 percent to USD 19.55 an ounce. A similar trend was seen in silver rates as well.
    
India's gold import in the second quarter of the current fiscal is expected to more than halve to 150 tonnes, as against around 350 tonnes in the April-June period of the 2013-14 fiscal, as per the Bombay Bullion Association.
    
Gold in the national capital is costing around Rs 27,320 per 10 grams, while silver at Rs 42,500 per kg.

Besides precious metals, the government has hiked the import tariff value of RBD palmolein to USD 869 per tonne, as against USD 854 per tonne. The tariff value of other varieties of edible oil has been kept unchanged.

(Agencies)

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