The Ministry of Finance office of the Central Board of Excise and Customs announced a 30 percent tariff on the importation of chickpeas (Chana/Garbanzos/Vigna spp. and Phaseolus spp.) and lentils on its website on December 21, 2017. The Ministry announcement cites the measure as in the public’s interest and follows a series of recent import tariff increases. The applied tariff rate is now at par with India’s bound rate. India’s global chickpea and lentil imports are over U.S. $1.6 billion in 2017.