The Indian government has confirmed that it has withdrawn the additional customs duty on imported spirits, wine and beer.

A spokesperson for the Central Board of Excise and Customs confirmed the move late yesterday (3 July).

The basic customs duty on wines, however, will rise from 100% to 150%, the CBEC noted.

The move follows growing pressure from the EU and the US, both of whom have opposed what they have called the "additional" and "extra-additional" duties applied by the country to their spirits exports.