India temporarily decreases lentil tariff rate for Canadian shipments


India has signalled a move to reduce the tariff on incoming lentil shipments received by August 31st.

An official from the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. says that India will reduce the lentil tariff from 30 per cent to 10 per cent (plus a 10 per cent tax) for shipments arriving between June 2, 2020 and August 31, 2020. This includes Canadian shipments.

Lentils from the U.S., however, are still subject to a tariff rate of 30 per cent, plus an added 10 per cent tax on that amount, for a total of 33 per cent. These higher tariffs on lentils (and chickpeas) stem from retaliatory action against U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.

Prior to June 2, 2020, Canadian lentils are levied at 30 per cent, plus the 10 per cent, for a total of 33 per cent. This rate will come back into effect September 1, 2020, Pulse Canada confirms.

Canadian pea shipments are still levied a 50 per cent tariff into India.

Updated June 4, 2020 to confirm the timeline of tariff reduction.


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