Monday, December 24, 2012

China to cut import tax

The world's largest rubber consumer - China will cut import taxes on two types of natural rubber products for 2013. Natural rubber import tariffs recommended provisional tax rates: latex 10% or 720 yuan/tonne, both from low; Smoked sheets and technical classification of natural rubber 20%, or 1,200 yuan/tonne, both from low, the ministry said in a statement. The maximum tax was set at 1,600 yuan a tonne in 2012. The tax rate for technically specified natural rubber (TSNR) will also be lowered to a maximum of 1,200 yuan/tonne in 2013, down from 2,000 yuan/tonne in 2012, the ministry said.

The global natural rubber market is now in a bearish mode as demand is sluggish across the world. In India, due to poor local production and the lower price tag in the global markets import have been on the rise. India’s natural rubber import rose 32.5% to 153,855 tonnes during April to November 2012 from 115,885 tonnes in the corresponding period of previous year.

Kerala State Cooperative Rubber Marketing Federation has requested the Ministry to impose a total ban on import of rubber as well as encouraging exports by extending subsidy. The Federation also requested to grant a short term loan of `.50 crore as a need-based working capital and `.1 crore each to the member societies to reinforcing the cooperative marketing set up.

Read lot more in Rubber4U – 1st January 2013 issue

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