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Govt raises import duty on some items, including smartphone, TV

Certain imported items will cost more with customs duty on them being increased, the Finance Ministry said in a notification.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: December 15, 2017 8:47 pm
Govt raises import duty on some items,including smartphone, TV IGI Airport in New Delhi. (EXPRESS PHOTO BY PRAVEEN KHANNA/File)

The Government today hiked import duty on smartphones, television sets, microwave, LED lamps and some other electronic items in a bid to protect domestic manufacturers.

Imported smartphones will cost more with customs duty on them being increased to 15 per cent from nil now, the Finance Ministry said in a notification.

The move will impact telecom companies that were sourcing cheap smartphones to offer bundled services to customers in a bid to capture market.

Customs duty on television sets has been doubled to 20 per cent. LED lamps would now be charged with a 20 per cent import duty, the notification issued yesterday night said.

The tax on import of microwave ovens too has been doubled to 20 per cent, the notification said. Customs duty on video recording equipment as well as TV cameras has been increased to 15 per cent from current 10 per cent.

Import duty on set top boxes has been doubled to 20 per cent.

Also, customs duty on lamps and lighting fittings including searchlights and chandeliers has been doubled to 20 per cent while the same on electricity meters has been increased from 10 per cent to 15 per cent, the notification said.

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  1. Dhanasekaran Balasubramanian
    Dec 15, 2017 at 10:49 pm
    JACKPOT FOR SMUGGLERS.
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    1. Moi Bangalorean
      Dec 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm
      Looks like Modi govt is delinking the annual budget with consumer prices.. Now, aam admi need not to wait for annual budget announcements in March for such consumer price changes. Similar to petrol prices..
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      1. Dhanasekaran Balasubramanian
        Dec 15, 2017 at 10:50 pm
        it is the policy of ruling tamil nadu govt to increase the prices of milk, electricity, bus fares before the budget likewise jet lee is dancing.
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