The Aluminium Association of India (AAI) has called for the Indian government to increase customs duty from 2.5% to 10% on imported aluminium scrap to protect the domestic aluminium industry.
A 24% surge in aluminium imports YOY have impacted India’s foreign exchange by approximately US$7 billion (£5.7 billion).
In addition to the impact on the domestic market, concern has been raised for the quality of foreign aluminium scrap which is not governed by quality standards and remains unchecked.
The AAI’s calls to reshape the customs duty structure aims to stimulate domestic manufacturing and reduces risks associated with low grade aluminium scrap imports, which can pose safety and environmental repercussions.
The move aims to provide a more balanced trade environment for India’s aluminium industry and is in line with the sector’s efforts to boost local production and aide economic growth.