Duty-free quotas for India-bound passengers may change

Monday, January 20, 2020

Duty-free purchases for India-bound passengers may be in for some major restrictions, as the Indian Commerce Ministry has proposed a 50 per cent cut in the quota for buying alcohol, besides a complete ban on cigarette cartons.

According to agency reports, the ministry has recommended that the quota be cut from the current two litres per person to one litre, in a bid to reduce import of non-essential goods.

The ministry has also recommended to the Finance Ministry that purchase of cigarette cartons at duty-free shops should be prohibited, Press Trust of India reported. As things stand, inbound international passengers are allowed to buy one carton of cigarettes from duty-free shops.

Alcoholic drinks and tobacco products imported in excess of free allowance are charged customs duty at the rates applicable on commercial imports as per the Indian Customs Tariff Act, 1975.

Besides two litres of alcohol and a carton of cigarettes, other duty-free baggage allowances include gold jewellery up to an aggregate value of Rs 50,000 (in the case of a male passenger) and Rs100,000 (in the case of a female passenger).

Goods purchased over and above the free allowances are charged a customs duty of 35 per cent plus an education cess of three per cent. In effect, this amounts to an extra 36.05 per cent

The latest proposals to further restrict purchase of alcohol and cigarettes come days ahead of the country’s budget, which is slated to be announced on February 1. The move to reduce import of non-essential goods into the country is aimed at reining in trade deficit, sources told agencies.

According to the reports, the commerce ministry has also suggested increase in customs duty on several products like paper, footwear, rubber items and toys to promote ‘Make in India’ and boost manufacturing growth.

The ministry has proposed rationalisation of basic customs or import duty on over 300 items from different sectors, including furniture, chemicals, rubber, coated paper and paper boards, they added.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
seems @realist just returned from vanvaas, Don''t know what is happening right now. Just update your self and go through recent parliament sessions. Don''t rely on RSS whatsapp group university.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 you are the only OWL among the fools who wake up and make noise only at night haha.. if you are awake during day time you will read other news that India has gone down democracy index by 10 places and the IMF has downgraded Indian economy. 2 most important points needed for life and India is down on smart A** keep your self reliant theory to urself and become a jackass sitting in 1 corner.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
People lack buying power and we are discussing about small consumables tax increase.
With 7.5% unemployment rate and improper management of Funds this is expected to worsen.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
to the fools commenting below.......Try importing goods into china..... no can do for most items............India is doing self reliance measures... no country can impose "sanctions" on a self reliant country.

By the way.... for the CAA and NCR media hype..... there is no NCR- it was just a suggestion for assam........ same like 1000 suggestions given in kuwait parliament also....... media made a jackass of most people.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
first BJP limited our money (demonetization), than they limited our beef, than they limited our religion through CAA, and now they want to LIMIT OUR DARUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU... Oh My God..

jinu simon john
Monday, January 20, 2020
Only thing remaining to improve the homeland is to ban re-entry of mallus/ cudapa/ troublemakers :)))
Let them remain in the gulf !!!

Monday, January 20, 2020
BJP is a BIG zero in running a country or managing economy at marco level. They are good at words but nothing at actions.

Monday, January 20, 2020
Bull shit

Monday, January 20, 2020
Dear bjp and modi bhakt @zameer, howz the josh now?

Monday, January 20, 2020
Great news for {blind} bhakths {specially Mr.Zameer}..pleae come on stage...we r expecting more ache din..

Sunday, January 19, 2020
BJP will suck every drop of blood from the NRIs due to their incompetent handling of the economy...first the biggest blunder in world history (demonetization), than GST.. economy slide from 8 to 4.5 . congrats to the voters who gave them the majority of 300 plus.. now sit and brood the results with CAA & NCR.

Mr. Achayan
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Congratulations... This government is successfully taking India back into the 50s and 60s... I hope all bhakts are really happy now !! More Acche din is on the way !!

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