India mulls import duty cuts to curb inflation

India mulls import duty cuts to curb inflation

Davos: India will consider cutting import duties on more food products if needed to curb high food inflation gripping Asia’s third-largest economy, commerce & industry minister Anand Sharma said.

“Yes, when there is a shortage and the inflation is high," Sharma told Reuters late on Saturday at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, when asked if India would consider cutting more import duties.

“Like where there is a shortage and we don’t produce enough, it is but natural (to cut import duties). Why should we import at such higher prices and then subsidize it for the public distribution system?"

Sharma said he was concerned with high oil prices, which are nearing $100 a barrel, widening India’s nagging trade deficit.

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