The Government of India has reduced tariff value for import of edible oil including palm oil by $112 per tonne.  This move will lead to reduction in domestic prices.

  • The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs reduced the tariff import value of crude palm oil by $86 per tonne.
  • The Import price on RBD and crude palmolein reduced by $112 per tonne.
  • Base import price of crude soyabean oil was reduced by $37 per tonne.

Significance

This GoI move will help in softening the edible oil prices in domestic market as with reduction in import tariff, customs duty on base import price would also reduce.

Import of edible oils

In India, there is a big gap between domestic production and consumption of edible oils. This leads to massive imports. India’s 2-3rd of edible oil demand is fulfilled through imports. According to data of Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, overall import of edible and non-edible oils during November 2020 to May 2021 have increased by 9% to 76,77,998 tonnes. With rise in imports, retail prices of edible oils have also increase while, domestic edible oil prices have increase two fold in past year.

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