Budget 2020: Government May Consider Import Duty Cut On Raw Material For Fertiliser Industry
A tractor spreads fertiliser onto a field of wheat. (Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)  

Budget 2020: Government May Consider Import Duty Cut On Raw Material For Fertiliser Industry

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The government may consider cut in import duty on the raw material used in the fertiliser industry in the forthcoming budget with a view to boost domestic manufacturing in the country, sources said.

Lower import duty on raw material like rock phosphate and sulphur used for manufacturing of di-ammonium phosphate would help boost domestic production and cut in import bill, according to sources.

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Currently, there is an import duty of 5 percent on such imports and the country imports about 95 percent of its DAP requirement from global markets. The country also imports about 30 percent of its urea requirements.

During April-December 2019-20, the country's crude and manufactured fertiliser imports grew by 8.47 percent to $6.2 billion.

The commerce ministry has suggested its finance counterpart to rationalise basic customs duty on over 300 items to boost domestic manufacturing and cut in the rising import bill.

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It has proposed removal of import duty on products like waste paper, and wood pulp which is currently 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively. The country imports rose by about 9 percent to $507.44 billion in 2018-19.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget for 2020-21 on Feb. 1.

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