Aluminium industry seeks reduction in basic custom duty on critical raw materials
   Date :27-Dec-2021

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Business Bureau :
 
The domestic aluminium industry has sought reduction in basic custom duty and correction in inverted duty structure on critical raw materials, including pet coke, caustic soda, aluminium fluoride and alumina, to encourage cost competitiveness in the sector. The domestic aluminium industry, under representation from the Aluminium Association of India (AAI), has sought immediate support through the forthcoming Budget. It has also requested an increase in tariff rate of basic custom duty for aluminium and articles from 10 to 15 per cent in line with the steel sector, according to pre budget expectations from the AAI. An increase in the basic custom duty of primary aluminium from 7.5 per cent to 10 per cent, aluminium scrap from 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent and downstream aluminium products from 7.5 per cent to 10 per cent has also been requested, it said.
 
The primary aluminium industry is facing severe threat from the increasing import of aluminium and scrap. The share of scrap in total imports increased from 52 per cent in FY'16 to 71 per cent in the first half of FY'22 and is resulting in a forex outgo of USD 2 billion (Rs 15,000 crore) per annum. The AAI has sought an increase in import duty on aluminium scrap at par with primary aluminium metal (proposed 10 per cent), to encourage domestic recycling of indigenous scrap and promote a circular economy. The association has sought the elimination of high cess on coal (Rs 400/MT) to support the power-intensive aluminium industry in easing its burden.