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India puts on hold proposal to cut import tax on edible oils: Sources

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India has put on hold a proposal to reduce import taxes on edible oils as cooking oil prices started to fall in the world market after hitting record highs, two government and one industry officials said.

The world’s biggest vegetable oil importer was considering reducing import taxes after domestic soyoil and palm oil prices more than doubled in the past year, hitting consumers already stung by record fuel prices and reduced incomes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are not cutting import duties now, a longer-term solution has to be found. Cutting duties is not a sustainable solution,” said a government official with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified.


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