New Delhi, Nov 3 : State-run oil firms on Monday cut jet fuel prices further by Rs 2,100 per kilolitre on top of the 17 percent reduction announced last week, after government exempt the fuel from payment of customs duty.
Government had on 31st October exempted jet fuel from 5 percent import duty.
Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum had from 1st November cut jet fuel or aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price in Delhi by Rs 9,429.87 per kl to Rs 47,017.93 per kl, in line with fall in international oil prices.
"On an average, ATF price for domestic airlines will be further reduced by Rs 2,100 per kl with effect from midnight tonight. For international airlines (which do not pay local sales tax or VAT), the reduction would be USD 35 per kl," an industry official said.
Though there are no imports of jet fuel and it is a freely priced petroleum product, the price of domestically produced fuel is based on import parity price factoring in the basic customs duty.
The price is calculated by taking the average international price of jet fuel during a fortnight and adding 5 percent customs duty to arrive at the landed price. On top of this, 8 percent excise duty is levied and over and above this local sales tax or VAT is charged.
The exemption would result in lowering of the base price of ATF and, consequently, lowering the incidence of excise duty and VAT, giving substantial relief to the aviation sector.