India hikes import tax on gold by 50 percent - official

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 12:12 hrs

India on Monday hiked import duty on gold to 6 percent from 4 percent effective immediately, a finance ministry official said on Monday, in a bid to cut down ballooning current account deficit.

The news sent gold futures higher by a percent.

The duties will be reviewed if there is a moderation in gold imports, Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram told reporters.

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