The rise in imports assumes significance as India is recording surge in the inbound shipments of the precious metal from South Korea, with which India has implemented a free trade agreement since 2010.
Officials have stated that the government is contemplating steps to check the surge in imports from that country.
Gold imports from South Korea has jumped to $338.6 million during July 1-August 3 this year. The import in 2016-17 stood at 470.46 million.
Under the free trade pact between India and South Korea, basic customs duty on gold was eliminated.
Under the FTA with South Korea, the government has recently notified rules for investigation of safeguard duties. Countries impose this duty to discourage imports of a product.
India is the world's second biggest gold consumer after China. The imports mainly take care of demand by the jewellery industry.
At present, gold import attracts 10 per cent duty. The gems and jewellery industry along with the commerce ministry have time and again urged the finance ministry to consider a cut in the import duty.