Business Government hikes import duty on select communication items to up to 20% Updated : October 12, 2018 06:17 AM IST The increased duties would be effective from October 12, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBIC) said in a notification. This is the second round of import duty hike announced by the government in a little over a fortnight. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.