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Govt again extends deadline to impose higher customs duties on 29 US products till 2 November

New Delhi: The government, for the second time, has extended the deadline for the imposition of higher customs duties on 29 products, including almond, walnut and pulses, imported from the US, till 2 November.

In June, India decided to impose retaliatory tariffs from 4 August. But it was extended by another 45 days till 18 September.

In a notification last night, the department of revenue has said that now the duties would come effect from 2 November.

The duty hike move by India was in retaliation to US President Donald Trump's 9 March decision to impose heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminium items, a move that has sparked fears of a global trade war.

Representational image. News18

Representational image. News18

Senior officials of India and the US are in discussions to finalise a kind of trade deal. Both the sides holding two track discussions -- to increase trade in short and medium term, and identify long-term trade potentials.

India is pressing for exemption from the high duty imposed by the US on certain steel and aluminium products, resumption of export benefits to certain domestic products under their generalised system of preferences (GSP), greater market access for its products from sectors, including agriculture, automobile, auto components and engineering.

As many as 3,500 Indian products from sectors such as chemicals and engineering get duty-free access to the US market under the GSP, introduced in 1976.

On the other hand, the US is demanding greater market access for its farm and manufacturing products, including medical devices.

As part of the imposition of higher import duties, New Delhi has notified higher tariffs on several products. While import duty on walnut is to be hiked to 120 percent from 30 percent, duty on chickpeas, Bengal gram (chana) and Masur dal will be hiked to 70 percent from 30 percent. Levy on lentils will be hiked to 40 per cent from 30 per cent.

Other products which would attract higher duties include boric acid, phosphoric acid, diagnostic reagent, flat-rolled products of iron, certain flat-rolled products of stainless steel.

India's exports to the US in 2017-18 stood at $47.9 billion, while imports were $26.7 billion. The trade balance is in favour of India.


Updated Date: Sep 18, 2018 11:12 AM

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