Gold imports rise to US $3.85 billion
Recording a three-fold jump, India’s gold imports rose to US $3.85 billion in April, mainly on account of Akshaya Tritiya.
Gold imports stood at US $1.23 billion in April last year, as per official data released on Tuesday.
Imports of the precious metal were on a decline between February and September last year. They grew in October and November but again dipped in December and January. In February and March, they recorded high growth rates. In March this year, gold imports had risen to US $4.17 billion from US $974 million in the same month previous year.
Surge in gold imports in April contributed to the widening of trade deficit to US $13.2 billion as against US $4.84 billion in April 2016. Silver imports too grew by 61% to US $353 million in April.
India is the world’s second biggest gold consumer after China. The imports mainly take care of demand by the jewellery industry. In volume terms, India imported 560.32 tonnes of gold during April-January period of the last fiscal.
At present, gold import attracts 10% duty. The gems and jewellery industry along with the commerce ministry have time and again urged the Finance Ministry to consider a cut in the import duty. During …read more