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Centre Imposes 40% Duty on Onion Exports to Counter Soaring Domestic Prices

  • Posted on August 19, 2023
  • News
  • By Sakshi Gupta
40% Duty on Onion Exports

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has taken a significant step by imposing a 40% customs duty on exported onions from India. 

This strategic move, outlined in an official order, aims to alleviate the local price surge of this essential commodity. The imposition of this export duty is set to remain effective until December 31, 2023, and has been justified by the CBIC as a measure taken in the best interest of the public.

CBIC imposes 40% import duty on onions exported from India
CBIC imposes 40% import duty on onions exported from India

The Centre's decision to enforce a customs duty on onion exports is part of its broader approach to tackle inflation through trade-related means. 

Preceding this move, restrictions had already been placed on the export of wheat and rice, signifying the government's commitment to stabilize the local food market. The Centre also recently took steps to reduce the import duty on edible oils in a bid to further balance the inflationary pressures.

The impetus behind these actions arises from India's escalating consumer price index (CPI)-based inflation, which surged to a notable 7.44% in July. This figure greatly exceeds the upper tolerance limit of 6% set by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The inflation surge has been primarily driven by steep increases in food and vegetable prices, as indicated by official data.

The introduction of a customs duty on onion exports signifies a proactive response by the Indian government to address the challenges posed by inflation. With the aim of safeguarding the interests of the general public and ensuring the stability of essential food prices, the government is taking decisive measures within the trade sector. These actions are integral to its broader strategy to maintain economic equilibrium while factoring in the complexities of a globalized market.

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