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Inception date: 01 Apr 2019 | Removal date: open ended
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Import tariff

On 20 June 2018, the Indian Ministry of Finance through Notification No. 49/2018-Customs and Notification No. 48/2018-Customs increased the import duty on several products when imported from the United States of America. This follows India's notification to the WTO in May of the suspension of concessions and other obligations stipulated in WTO Safeguard Agreement, see related intervention. The duties are imposed in reaction to the US steel and aluminium duties, see related state acts.

The increased duties were announced to take effect from 4 August 2018 but have been postponed repeatedly, as follows - 

- 3 August 2018: Notification No. 56/2018-Customs postponed till 18 September 2018

- 17 September 2018: Notification No. 62/2018-Customs postponed till 2 November 2018

- 1 November 2018: Notification No. 77/2018-Customs postponed till 17 December 2018

- 15 December 2018: Notification No. 80/2018-Customs postponed till 31 January 2019

- 29 January 2019: Notification No. 3/2019-Customs postponed till 2 March 2019

- 26 February 2019: Notification No. 6/2019-Customs postponed till 1 April 2019

Duties are increased on the following goods from the United States:

  • Artemia from 5% to 15% (HS 0511.99.11)
  • Indian chickpeas (Kabuli chana) from 40% to 70% (HS 0713.20.10)
  • Bengal Gram (HS 0713.20.20) and Chickpeas (HS 0713.20.90) from 60% to 70% 
  • Lentils (Mosur) from 30% to 40% (HS 0713.40)
  • Almonds - in shell (HS 0802.11) from Rs. 35 (~USD 0.52) to Rs. 42 (~USD 0.62) per kg , shelled (HS 0802.12) from Rs. 100 (~USD 1.47) to 120 (~USD 1.77) per kg. 
  • Walnuts - in shell from 100% to 120% (HS 0802.31)
  • Apples - from 50% to 75% (HS 0808.10.00)
  • Phosphoric acid from 5% to 20% (HS 2809.20.10)
  • Boric Acid from 7.5% to 17.5% (HS 2810.00.20)
  • Diagnostic reagents from 10% to 20% (HS 3822.00.90)
  • Binders for foundry moulds from 7.5% to 17.5% (HS 3824.99.90)
  • Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel from 12.5% to 27.5% (HS 7210.12.10, 7210.12.90)
  • Flat-rolled products of stainless steel from 7.5% to 22.5% (HS 7219.12, 7219.13, 7219.21.90, 7219.90.90)
  • Grain-oriented flat-rolled products of silicon-electrical steel from 5% to 20% (HS 7225.11.00)
  • Several products of iron and steel from 10% to 25% - these include tube or pipe fittings (HS 7307.29, 7307.99.90), structures and parts of structures (HS 7308.90.90), containers, trunks and cases (HS 7310.29.90), Screw, nuts and other non-threaded articles for use in manufacture of cellphones (HS 7318.15, 7318.16), SIM socket/other metal mechanical items used in manufacture of cell phones (HS 7318.29.90) springs and leaves for springs (HS 7320.90.90), cast articles (HS 7325.99.99), and forged or stamped articles (HS 7326.19.90, 7326.90.99).

Notably, a number of other countries also imposed retaliation measures in the form of duties in reaction to the imposition of steel and aluminium duties by the United States, see related state acts.





013 Fruits & nuts
0802 Other nuts, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled or peeled.
080211 In shell
080231 In shell
0808 Apples, pears and quinces, fresh.
080810 Apples
017 Pulses (dried leguminous vegetables)
0713 Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split.
071320 Chickpeas (garbanzos)
071340 Lentils
049 Other aquatic plants & animals
0511 Animal products not elsewhere specified or included; dead animals of Chapter 1 or 3, unfit for human consumption.
051199 Other
214 Prepared & preserved fruits & nuts
0802 Other nuts, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled or peeled.
080212 Shelled
342 Basic inorganic chemicals n.e.c.
2809 Diphosphorus pentaoxide; phosphoric acid; polyphosphoric acids, whether or not chemically defined.
280920 Phosphoric acid and polyphosphoric acids
2810 Oxides of boron; boric acids.
281000 Oxides of boron; boric acids.
354 Chemical products n.e.c.
3822 Diagnostic or laboratory reagents on a backing, prepared diagnostic or laboratory reagents whether or not on a backing, other than those of heading 30.02 or 30.06; certified reference materials.
382200 Diagnostic or laboratory reagents on a backing, prepared diagnostic or laboratory reagents whether or not on a backing, other than those of heading 30.02 or 30.06; certified reference materials.
3824 Prepared binders for foundry moulds or cores; chemical products and preparations of the chemical or allied industries (including those consisting of mixtures of natural products), not elsewhere specified or included.
382490 Other
412 Products of iron or steel
7210 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, clad, plated or coated.
721012 Of a thickness of less than 0.5 mm
7219 Flatrolled products of stainless steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.
721912 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
721913 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
721921 Of a thickness exceeding 10 mm
721990 Other
7225 Flatrolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.
722511 Grainoriented
7307 Tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel.
730729 Other
730799 Other
421 Structural metal products & parts
7308 Structures (excluding prefabricated buildings of heading 94.06) and parts of structures (for example, bridges and bridgesections, lockgates, towers, lattice masts, roofs, roofing frameworks, doors and windows and their frames and thresholds for doors,
730890 Other
429 Other fabricated metal products
7310 Tanks, casks, drums, cans, boxes and similar containers, for any material (other than compressed or liquefied gas), of iron or steel, of a capacity not exceeding 300 l, whether or not lined or heat insulated, but not fitted with mechanical or thermal equ
731029 Other
7318 Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotterpins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel.
731815 Other screws and bolts, whether or not with their nuts or washers
731829 Other
7320 Springs and leaves for springs, of iron or steel.
732090 Other
7325 Other cast articles of iron or steel.
732599 Other
7326 Other articles of iron or steel.
732619 Other
732690 Other

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