Custom Authorities say Wine Imports jump


According to the Indian customs authorities, wine worth around $10m was imported in 2005-06. High end French wines accounted for more than half of the value of all imports into India followed by wines.
Authorities are surprised at the increase in consumption of imported wines, since the duty on imported wine is around 250% (which includes a 100% basic duty, and an additional duty of 75%). One reason suggested could be the duty-free imports by high-end restaurants.

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