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Excise duty on ATF cut to 11%

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

After petrol and diesel, the government Wednesday cut duty on to 11 per cent to give relief to the aviation industry that has been in recent weeks hit hard by rising fuel prices and plummeting rupee.

duty on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) has been reduced to 11 per cent from 14 per cent with effect from October 11, a notification issued by the revenue department in the said.

prices this month hit their highest level since January 2014 as rising international and plummeting rupee value pushed rates.

The fuel in currently costs Rs 74,567 per kilolitre (Rs 74.56 per litre) and in Mumbai, it is priced at Rs 74,177 per kl.

prices, which currently are cheaper than petrol and diesel in Delhi, have since July spiked up by 9.5 per cent. They have been on upswing since July last year, rising every month except in July 2018. was priced at Rs 47,013 per kl in July last year and has risen by 58.6 per cent since then.

Just last week, the government had cut duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 1.50 per litre and asked to subsidise the fuel by another Re 1 a litre. That step was matched by BJP-ruled states cutting local sales tax or VAT by an equal proportion to give customers hit by high auto fuel prices a relief of about Rs 5 per litre.

The aviation industry has been seeking lower taxes to help offset the impact of high Among others, of had voiced concerns over rising international and asked the government to take up some policy measures to help the industry.

Unconfirmed reports that the government announced the excise duty cut after seeking approval of the as the model code of conduct came into force on Saturday after announcement of elections in states like and

Just last month the government had raise customs duty on and 18 other non-essential import items in a bid rein in currently account deficit and shore up the rupee.

Basic customs duty of 5 per cent was imposed on It previously attracted nil duty. This led to an increase of Rs 2,000 per kl in prices.

While the twin moves on auto fuels had led to price of petrol drop from a record high of Rs 84 per litre to Rs 81.50 in and that of diesel to all-time high of Rs 75.45 to Rs 72.95 a litre on October 5, rate hikes on subsequent days has pushed prices upwards. Petrol now costs Rs 82.26 per litre and diesel to Rs 74.35.

The government had in 2016 hiked excise duty on ATF to 14 per cent from 8 per cent.

ATF like petrol and diesel is not covered by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime that on July 1 last year amalgamated 17 different central and state taxes.

The central government currently charges 14 per cent excise duty on ATF. On top of this, states charge up to 30 per cent sales tax or VAT - Odisha and have 5 per cent VAT while taxes ATF at 29 per cent, and at 25 per cent and at 28 per cent.

When the GST was introduced on July 1 last year, five commodities -- crude oil, natural gas, petrol, diesel, and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) -- were kept out of its purview for the time being.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 21:25 IST
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