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[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART-II, SECTION-3, SUB-SECTION (ii)]

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
CENTRAL BOARD OF EXCISE AND CUSTOMS
NEW DELHI

NOTIFICATION NO

06/2018-Customs (N.T.), Dated: January 18, 2018

In exercise of the powers conferred by section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and in supersession of the notification of the Central Board of Excise and Customs No.1/2018-CUSTOMS (N.T.), dated 4th January, 2018 except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Board of Excise and Customs hereby determines that the rate of exchange of conversion of each of the foreign currencies specified in column (2) of each of Schedule I and Schedule II annexed hereto, into Indian currency or vice versa, shall, with effect from 19th January, 2018, be the rate mentioned against it in the corresponding entry in column (3) thereof, for the purpose of the said section, relating to imported and export goods.

SCHEDULE-I

Sl.No.
Foreign Currency
Rate of exchange of one unit of foreign currency equivalent to Indian rupees
(1)
(2)
(3)
(a)
(b)
(For Imported Goods)
(For Export Goods)
1. Australian Dollar
51.80
50.00
2. Bahrain Dinar
175.35
164.10
3. Canadian Dollar
52.25
50.50
4. Chinese Yuan
10. 10
9. 75
5. Danish Kroner
10.65
10.25
6. EURO
79.20
76.50
7. Hong Kong Dollar
8.30
8.05
8. Kuwait Dinar
220.20
205.60
9. New Zealand Dollar
47.30
45.60
10. Norwegian Kroner
8.25
7.95
11. Pound Sterling
89.90
86.95
12. Qatari Riyal
18.10
17.10
13. Saudi Arabian Riyal
17.65
16.50
14. Singapore Dollar
49.10
47.45
15. South African Rand
5.35
5.00
16. Swedish Kroner
8.10
7.80
17. Swiss Franc
67.50
65.05
18. UAE Dirham
18.00
16.85
19. US Dollar
64.80
63.10

SCHEDULE-II

Sl.No.
Foreign Currency
Rate of exchange of 100 units of foreign currency equivalent to Indian rupees
(1)
(2)
(3)
(a)
(b)
(For Imported Goods)
(For Export Goods)
1.
Japanese Yen
58.45
56.45
2.
Kenya Shilling
64. 90
60.65

[F.No. 468/01/2018-Cus.V]

(Dr. Sreeparvathy S.L.)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India