The government on Thursday reduced the import tariff value of gold and silver to USD 418 per 10 gram and USD 699 per kg, respectively, in line with global rates of the precious metals.
The tariff value, the base price at which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing, stood at USD 436 per 10 grams for gold and USD 702 per kg for silver during the last fortnight.
The notification in this regard has been issued by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), an official statement said.
India, the world's largest consumer of gold, imported about 860 tonnes of gold in 2012. The government has taken several steps to reduce gold imports including hike in custom duties.
The government has raised the import tariff value of brass scrap to USD 3,933 per tonne from USD 3,860 per tonne.
The tariff value of crude palm oil has been raised to USD 811 per tonne from USD 809 per tonne, while that of RBD palm oil has been retained at USD 862 per tonne.
Crude palmolein's tariff value has been reduced to USD 866 per tonne from USD 883 per tonne, while that of RBD palmolein has been cut to USD 869 per tonne from USD 886 per tonne.
The tariff value of crude soyabean oil has been brought down to USD 952 per tonne from USD 966 per tonne.