Tariff value on gold, silver reduced
Taking <g data-gr-id="20">cue</g> from global price trends, the government today reduced the import tariff value of gold to $385 per 10 grams. The import tariff on silver has also been cut to $544 per kg.
During last fortnight, the tariff value on imported gold was $398 per 10 grams and on silver at $567 per kg. The import tariff value is the base price at which customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. It is revised on a fortnightly basis taking into account global prices.
The decrease in tariff value on imported gold has been notified by the Central Board of Excise and Customs, according to an official statement. Gold in London, which normally sets price trend on the domestic front, today was trading at $1,185.70 per ounce in the opening session, 0.36 <g data-gr-id="25">per cent</g> down from the previous close. In the national capital, gold prices dipped to three-week low of Rs 27,225 per 10 grams, on slackened demand from jewellers amid a weak global trend. Similarly, silver also remained under selling pressure and traded lower by Rs 175 to Rs 38,400 per kg.
Gold is the second-largest import item for India after petroleum. Higher gold import bill adversely affects the country’s current account deficit (CAD). The govt has been repeatedly asking people to desist from buying gold and instead invest in other saving instruments.
Gold hits 3-week low on subdued demand, global cues
Gold prices on Monday drifted by Rs 105 to trade at a three-week low of Rs 27,225 per ten grams at the bullion market owing to slackened demand from jewellers amid a weak global trend.
Silver remained under selling pressure and traded lower by Rs 175 to Rs 38,400 per kg. Marketmen said low demand from jewellers amid a weak global trend mainly kept <g data-gr-id="74">pressure</g> on gold prices.
Globally, gold traded lower by 0.24 <g data-gr-id="71">per cent</g> to $1,187.10 an ounce and silver by 0.39 per cent to $16.63 an ounce in London in early trade.
Besides, appreciating rupee against the dollar that made the precious metals imports cheaper influenced the sentiment to some extent. At the forex market, the rupee was trading 22 paise higher at Rs 63.60 against the dollar (intra-day).