Environmental News from India:
India has allowed duty-free imports of 2 million tonnes each of crude soyoil and crude sunflower oil for the current and the next fiscal year to March 2024, a government order said on Tuesday, as part of efforts to keep a lid on local prices.
Trade and government officials earlier said India could cut an import tax on crude soyoil and crude sunflower oil as the world’s biggest vegetable oil importer tries to tame food inflation.
Traders need to seek their import quota from the government.
India, the world’s biggest importer of edible oils, had already abolished the basic import tax on crude palm oil, crude soyoil and crude sunflower oil, but continued with a 5% tax known as the Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess (AIDC) on these three grades of edible oils.
Industry body the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India had requested the government to also consider cutting or abolishing the 5% AIDC on crude palm oil.
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