India puts 10% tax on import of polybutadiene rubber from South Korea

Duty-free imports were earlier allowed form South Korea under a bilateral agreement

  
A worker retreads a used rubber tyre at a workshop on the outskirts of Jammu October 29, 2013.

A worker retreads a used rubber tyre at a workshop on the outskirts of Jammu October 29, 2013.

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MUMBAI - India on Monday imposed 10% import tax on polybutadiene rubber sourced from South Korea in an attempt to support local producers, the government said.

Duty-free imports were earlier allowed form South Korea under a bilateral agreement.

The 10% duty would be effective until January 28th, 2021, the government said.

The move could raise the production cost of tyre makers such as MRF, Apollo Tyres and Ceat, but help polybutadiene rubber producer Reliance Industries.

(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav. Editing by Jane Merriman) ((rajendra.jadhav@thomsonreuters.com; +91-22-68414378 ; Reuters Messaging: rajendra.jadhav.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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