Friday, July 11, 2014

Union Budget 2014: Import duty on stainless steel up 7.5%, to help domestic firms
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On 11 July, 2014, Steel Guru writes: Import duty on flat rolled products of stainless steel hiked from 5% to 7.5% percent (Budget: 2014-15). 
Impact: Theoretically, price of imported flat rolled products of stainless steel will rise benefiting Indian flat rolled stainless steel producers and cost of end users of this type stainless steel would rise by about INR 4000 per tonne to INR 5000 per tonne considering current prices of about USD 3000 per tonne to USD 4000 per tonne for 304 and 316 grades respectively. But as major volumes of imports take place from South Korea and Japan, the impact of import duty hike would not be this extant due to FTAs. However, thousands of small users could be impacted due to some price rise in domestic market]
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Thursday, July 10, 2014: New Delhi: In a major relief to domestic stainless steel industry, reeling under severe under- utilisation of capacity, the government Thursday increased import duty on flat-rolled products from 5 percent to 7.5 percent.

Presenting his maiden Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said this was done to provide an impetus to domestic stainless steel industry.

"The domestic stainless steel industry is presently suffering from severe under-utilisation of capacity.

"To give an impetus to the stainless steel industry, I propose to increase the basic customs duty on imported flat- rolled products of stainless steel from 5 percent to 7.5 percent," he said.

The domestic stainless industry has been facing a threat in the form of a sudden and immense surge in imports from various countries, especially China, primarily because of the current import duty which is considered to be on the lower side in comparison to other nations.

China has an average customs duty of 10 percent and Brazil, 14 percent.

Taking opportunity of lower customs duty, imports from these countries were on the rise in recent times.

India's imports of stainless steel surged to 307,226 tonnes in 2013-14 from 239,136 tonnes in 2011-12, reporting a growth of nearly 30 percent.

Domestic makers have been demanding 15 percent duty. They were also demanding removal of the basic customs duty on key raw materials and on scraps to ensure the domestic stainless steel industry can manifest itself as a globally competitor.

India now ranks as the third largest consumer and producer of stainless steel.

Industry sources said country's stainless steel consumption was expected to grow at 8-9 per annum annually to reach around 3.5 million tonnes by 2015. 

Courtesy: Zeebiz
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