Customs duty hiked on ‘non-essential items’, flying, ACs, refrigerators to cost more

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New Delhi: The government on September 26 hiked customs duties on as many as 19 items, including jet fuel, ACs and refrigerators, effective midnight as it aims to curb imports of non-essential goods.
Total import bill on account of shipment of these items into the country last fiscal was Rs 86,000 crore, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.
The other items include washing machines, speakers, radial car tyres, jewelry items, kitchen and tableware, certain plastic goods, and suitcases.
The import duty was doubled to 20 per cent on ACs, refrigerators and washing machines (less than 10kg).

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