India Exempts VLSFO From Import Tax: Reuters

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Monday February 3, 2020

India has exempted very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) from import tax, according to news agency Reuters, as the country struggles with shortages of the product on its east coast.

The country's federal budget for 2020/21 includes the exemption, Reuters reported Saturday, citing budget documents.

The move may help to relieve VLSFO shortages that have hampered the shipping industry in the country.

Local media have reported the shortage is bringing coastal shipping in the east of the country to a standstill as the VLSFO being produced domestically is being reserved for international ships visiting the country.

There were initial indications in the middle of last year that India would not apply the 0.50% sulfur limit to its domestic fleet, but officials later backed off from that strance.