Gold buying evaporates due to import duty hike in IndiaReuters . Singapore/Mumbai
India’s gold imports slowed to a trickle this week after the government raised import tariffs at the same time that global prices strengthened, and these higher prices also deterred purchases from elsewhere in Asia, traders said on Wednesday.
Asian buyers rushed to the market in early January to take advantage of gold prices which were below $1,630 an ounce, their lowest in more than four months.
Prices, however, have since risen to almost $1,700 an ounce, discouraging buyers who usually stock up on gold ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays in mid-February.
Most Indian buyers stocked up on gold in the first week of January, after the finance minister hinted that a duty hike is on the cards.
Last week, India raised import taxes on gold to 6 per cent from 4 per cent in a bid to curb imports to help rein in a record current account deficit, but industry experts said long-term gold demand is unlikely to waiver.
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