On March 28, an import duty of 10 per cent was imposed on wheat to curb shipments in view of record domestic output at around 97.44 million tonnes in 2016-17 crop year (July-June). Prior to that, there was no duty at all for nearly four months.
Wheat import has not been much after the Customs duty was imposed. Prior to that, private traders had imported about 5.5 million tonnes at zero Customs duty till March-end, according to industry data.
Global prices of wheat are currently ruling high. For instance, prices of Australian wheat -- which India normally imports -- have gone up by 15-20 per cent due to likely lower crop. Some quantity of wheat from Ukraine is being imported, traders said.