Govt to take with Centre on export duty roll back

Panaji: The Goa government has decided to take up with the Centre the issue of hiked export duty, which is likely to dent the prospects of iron ore mining industry in the state.

State Chief Minister Digambar Kamat told PTI that his office has received several representations from bodies representing mining industry and even from the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) expressing worries over the increased taxation.

"We will represent to the Union government seeking their intervention to roll back the export duty," Kamat said.

The export duty was hiked from 20 per cent to 30 per cent from December 30, 2011 onwards, leaving the Iron Ore exporters in lurch.

Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA), the body representing Goan exporters, had said that such a hike would cripple the trade.

They had also pointed out that the royalty, which is inversely proportionate to export duty, will plummet this year, affecting finances of the state.

The GCCI had also written letter to Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to review the hike.

Goa, the biggest exporter of Iron Ore, had sent assignments of 54 million metric tonnes in the international market. The state has low grade ores which are not consumable for the steel industry, until they are blended with the high grade ones.