Study Areas and Capabilities

  • Study Areas and Capabilities

Study Areas and Capabilities of Tariff Commission


Study Areas

The Tariff Commission undertakes studies suo-moto or on reference from various Ministries/Departments. The study areas covered are:

  • Industrial policy issues
  • Resources efficiency studies- Energy, Water, Materials, R&D and Environment
  • Tariff studies for streamlining/rationalizing/harmonizing the tariff structure including Inverted Duty Structure issues.
  • Studies on International Competitiveness
  • Pricing studies of industries including utility and service sector
  • Developmental studies
  •  Consumer oriented studies
  • Techno economic & normative cost/price  studies of industries with reference to cost of inputs, possibilities of technological improvements and effective utilization of capital & other material resources, cost  reduction measures.


The use of inter-disciplinary professional expertise developed over the last three decades has made the Tariff Commission into a cohesive, comprehensive and analytical organization with demonstrable synergies, unique in its ability to:

  • Collect and analyse data from Government, public and private sector.
  • Advise on costs, prices, efficiencies and competitiveness of industrial ventures.
  • Interact with transparency and confidence with the captains of industry/technology leaders to look into issues relating to industrial production.
  • Advise on policy issues related to specialized fields keeping in view the overall government policies
  • Calculate price, based on normative costing of the product using prudent accounting methods and provide a better way of determining the protection level for domestic industries so that they can survive competition from foreign manufacturers.
  • Develop technological input/output norms which are also appropriate to international cost calculations in so far as they are anchored on efficiency and realism.
  • Suggest improvements in industrial efficiency, cost reduction and pricing issues in relation to normative industrial cost and realistic/reasonable fair price.
  • Suggest systemic improvements conductive to cost rationalization and optimal efficiency of the operating units of the industry.