|14 January, 2020

Jewellers in Dubai are seeking cut in duty on the recycled gold

Jewellers aim to make the retail price more competitive for buyers.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A woman walks past gold jewellery displayed in a shop window at the Gold Souq in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 24, 2018.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A woman walks past gold jewellery displayed in a shop window at the Gold Souq in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 24, 2018.

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Jewellers in Dubai are seeking cut in duty on the recycled gold to make the retail price more competitive for jewellery buyers.

Tawhid Abdullah, chairman of Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, said the body will request authorities in Dubai and then the federal government in this regard.

"Since the duty is already paid on the original jewellery, and we will request that the duty is not charged again on the recycled jewellery," Abdullah said during a media briefing in Dubai on Tuesday.

Abdul Salam KP, group executive director of Malabar Group, said it is a practice in many countries that the customs duty is charged only on the value addition part and not on the whole gold when imported the recycled gold.

"What we are requesting is to charge customs only the value addition part and exempt gold part of it. Many countries apply this practice of having customs duty only on value addition part. For example, if we send 10kg old gold to India or Italy for recycling and it when it comes back, there should be duty only on value addition and not on the whole gold," he said.

The jewellery sales in Dubai have seen substantial increase since the start of the Dubai Shopping Festival, going up by 10 to 15 per cent, despite some hiccups due to geopolitical tension in the region.

Chandu Siroya, owner of Siroya Jewellers, said the sales have been going strong, led by tourists from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. "Buying from the GCC visitors is also very strong," he said.

Gold prices had shot up last week due to US-Iran tension but now the prices have stabilized, slightly impacting the sales. But with geopolitical situation stabilising, the price is coming back to normal level.

"Though the prices have increased due to geopolitical reasons, but the spending on gold has not taken a massive toll. The ongoing promotions for jewellery shoppers is acting as a major catalyst to increase the shopper participation for the Dubai Shopping Festival," he said.

The gold was trading at $1,545 an ounce on Tuesday afternoon, down by 0.78 per cent, falling from $1,611 high witnessed during the regional tension.

-waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com

 

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