In retaliation to Donald Trump's tariffs war, India to hike import duty on certain US products from 4 August onwards

The import duty on chickpeas and Bengal gram has been increased to 60 percent, while that on lentils has been hiked to 30 percent.

Press Trust of India June 21, 2018 15:50:42 IST
In retaliation to Donald Trump's tariffs war, India to hike import duty on certain US products from 4 August onwards

New Delhi: In a retaliatory move, India has hiked customs duty on several goods, including Bengal gram, lentils and artemia, imported from the US.

The import duty hike would be effective from 4 August, the Finance ministry said in a notification.

The import duty on chickpeas and Bengal gram has been increased to 60 percent, while that on lentils has been hiked to 30 percent.

The duty on boric acid and binders for foundry moulds has been hiked to 7.5 percent, while that on domestic reagents was raised to 10 percent.

Duty on artemia, a kind of shrimp, has been hiked to 15 percent.

The other products on which duties have been hiked include certain kind of nuts, iron and steel products, apples, pears, flat rolled products of stainless steel, other alloy steel, tube and pipe fittings, and screws, bolts and rivets.

In retaliation to Donald Trumps tariffs war India to hike import duty on certain US products from 4 August onwards

Representational image. Reuters.

However, there was no duty hike on motorcycles imported from the US.

Last week, India had submitted to the WTO a revised list of 30 items on which it proposed to raise customs duties by up to 50 percent.

The move was in retaliation to the duty hike by the US on certain steel and aluminium products which had tariff implication of $241 million on India.

The duty hike by India would have an equivalent tariff implications for the US.

Sources said out of 30 items proposed, India has "excluded motorbikes above 800 cc. Now additional customs duties have been imposed on 29 items."

On 9 March, US President Donald Trump imposed heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminium items, a move that has sparked fears of a global trade war.

India has said the duty imposed by the US has affected steel exports by $198.6 million and aluminium shipments by $42.4 million.

India has also dragged the US to the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism over the imposition of import duties on steel and aluminium.

India exports steel and aluminium products worth about $1.5 billion to the US every year.

India's exports to the US in 2016-17 stood at $42.21 billion, while imports were $22.3 billion.

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