Govt may do away with inverted duty structure in Budget
The Commerce and Industry Ministry in its pre-budget recommendations has asked the Finance Ministry to remove this tax anomaly as it is impacting domestic manufacturers adversely.
"The Commerce and Industry Ministry has sought to resolve the issue of inverted duty structure on chemicals-related sectors. To boost the manufacturing sector in the country, there is an urgent need to do away with this tax anomaly," sources said.
Inverted duty structure impacts the domestic industry adversely as a manufacturer has to pay a higher price for raw material in terms of duty, while the finished product lands at lower duty and costs low, an official said.
Companies manufacturing tyres, electrical equipment and medical instruments are suffering the most due to this.
An industry expert said that imported raw material users in a range of manufacturing industry segments are in a spot due to inverted customs duty structure that makes them uncompetitive against cheaper finished product imports and discourages domestic value addition.
Other manufacturing segments which are suffering due to this include pumps for liquids, electronic hardware, aluminium and articles and technical textiles.
A survey by industry body Ficci has said that higher import duty on raw materials results in an inverted duty structure that makes certain Indian manufactured goods