Govt proposes to cut import duty on newsprint to 5%

Budget 2020: Govt proposes to cut import duty on newsprint to 5%

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Union Budget 2020-21 in the Lok Sabha, in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday proposed to cut the import duty on newsprint to five per cent.

The government in the last budget had imposed 10 per cent basic custom duty on newsprint and lightweight coated paper.

"However, since then I have received several references that this levy has put additional burden on print media at a time when it is going through a difficult phase. I, therefore, propose to reduce basic customs duty on imports of newsprint and light-weight coated paper from 10 per cent to 5 per cent," she said while presenting the Union Budget for 2020-21.

The Indian Newspaper Society has earlier urged the government to save the newspaper industry by scrapping the 10 per cent duty imposed on newsprint and uncoated paper used for printing newspapers, and light weight coated papers for magazines.

The total consumption of standard newsprint in India is 2.5 million tonnes and the indigenous mills have a capacity of 1 million tonnes only, the INS had said. PTI RR BAL

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