India increases import duty on gold, silver findings

The move aims to prevent circumvention of the duty on gold and silver bars, a government official said

By Reuters

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Published: Tue 23 Jan 2024, 2:11 PM

The Indian government has increased the import duty on gold and silver findings, used in making jewellery, and on precious metal coins to 15 per cent from 11 per cent, effective from January 22, to bring them in line with duties on gold and silver bars.

In a notification issued on Monday, India's Ministry of Finance also hiked the import duty on spent catalysts containing precious metals to 14.35 per cent from 10.1 per cent.

The move aims to prevent circumvention of the duty on gold and silver bars, a government official said, after a surge in imports in the last two months of gold findings: hooks, clasps and other components used to make jewellery.

The official was not authorised to speak with the media and requested anonymity.

India is the world's second biggest consumer of gold, which is supplied almost entirely through imports.

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