Govt cuts customs duty on RBD palmolein; will affect Aatmanirbharat, says SEA

The government’s choice to decrease fundamental customs obligation on RBD palmolein with impact from December 21 may perhaps have an impact on India’s principle of ‘Aatmanirbharta’, according to the Solvent Extractors’ Affiliation (SEA) of India.

In a notification dated December 20, the Department of Customs had reduced the customs duty on RBD palm oil and RBD palmolein from 17.5 for every cent to 12.5 per cent.

With this reduction, the successful import responsibility will be lessened from 19.25 per cent to 13.75 for every cent, such as Agriculture Infrastructure and Advancement Cess for the previously mentioned-described refined oils.

Atul Chaturvedi, SEA President, mentioned that the announcement of lowering import duty on palmolein from 19.25 per cent before to 13.75 per cent, without having at the same time reducing import duty on crude palm oil (CPO), has the opportunity to raise the imports of refined palmolein at the charge of CPO which is the raw materials for the domestic refineries.

“This is opposite to our theory of ‘aatmanirbharta’, and could hurt work generation and price addition inside India,” he explained.

The silver lining is that this reduction has a sunset clause with March 31 as the past day, he extra.