The country's imports declined 19.6 percent to $30.31 billion in September.
Faceless assessment enables an assessing officer, who is physically located in a particular jurisdiction, to assess a Bill of Entry pertaining to imports made at a different Customs station, whenever such a Bill of Entry has been assigned to him through an automated system.
India spent 1.58 trillion rupees ($21.28 billion) on importing 247 million tonnes of coal, including 197 million tonnes of thermal grade, in the fiscal year to March 2020, M. Nagaraju, a joint secretary in the coal ministry, told a seminar.
He said that "good" green shoots are visible in the economy and exports have shown a "good" turnaround.
The country had imported 19.61MT of coal in July 2019, according to a provisional compilation, by mjunction services limited, based on monitoring of vessels' positions and data received from shipping companies.
The world's second-biggest consumer of the precious metal imported around 30 tonnes of gold in July, down from 39.66 tonnes a year ago, the source said.
CIL has taken up a new marketing strategy to substitute imported coal with more domestic supplies, the official said.
During April-June 2020, exports fell by 36.71 per cent to $51.32 billion, while imports shrank by 52.43 per cent to $60.44 billion.
Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast exports would fall 1.5% from a year earlier after a 3.3% drop in May.
These ports had handled 27.13 MT of thermal coal and 14.95 MT of coking coal in the April-June period of the previous financial year.
The country's imports of soyoil in June rose 49 percent from a year ago to 331,264 tonnes, while sunflower oil imports rose 66 percent to 268,128 tonnes, according to provisional data compiled by the Solvent Extractors' Association.
A DHL representative said the recent delay in customs clearance of cargo into India caused the shipment company's DHL Express India unit to temporarily suspend pick ups from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
It is also looking at long-term funding and alternate working capital availability to manage liquidity as business restarts with gradual easing of lockdown.
The imports are permitted under Tariff Rate Quota Scheme in which the government allows imports of four products, including maize (corn), at concessional rates of customs duty.
Further, the domestic automobile industry is also seeking to cut dependence on Chinese imports after facing severe shortage of critical components due to the coronavirus pandemic, as companies based out of China currently continue to be the leading suppliers of automotive components.
In May, India imported 3.18 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil, a decline of about 31% from April and about 26% from a year ago, the data showed.
India, the world's seventh-biggest corn producer, normally imposes a 60% import tax on the grain.
The plan has been under review since at least April, according to a government document seen by Reuters, and is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recently announced self-reliance campaign to promote local products.
"Import policy of new pneumatic tyres...is amended from free to restricted," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.
Coking coal imports witnessed a dip of 24.05 percent to 7.47MT in April and May this year.
In a letter to the Union Commerce and Industry and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, UPASI president AL RM Nagappan said, "The NR sector has been in a crisis due to the fall in prices over the last eight years. The prices have been far below production cost, the reason being unrestricted surge in cheap imports into the country from South-East Asian regions."
India, world's leading vegetable oil buyer, had imported 11.80 lakh tonnes of edible oil in May 2019.
Panagariya also pointed out that COVID-19 pandemic may lead to integration of global labour market.
The ban comes after tensions between the two countries flared up in Galwan Valley region due to India's "recent, illegal construction of defense facilities on the border" to Chinese territory, the state-run Global Times reported on Thursday.
According to government data, India's exports contracted by a record 60.28 percent to $10.36 billion in April amid the coronavirus lockdown. Imports too tumbled by 58.65 percent to $17.12 billion in April from $41.4 billion in the same month last year