2023 (1) TMI 977 - AAR - GST
Classification of goods - dried coconuts (shelled or peeled) used for human consumption - to be classified under Chapter 8, HSN 0801, on which rate of tax is nil or in Chapter Heading 1203 thereby attracting 5% GST? - HELD THAT:- The Applicant has dried all coconuts (copra in trade/common parlance) in their mill yard on black stone under sun. With respect to copra selected for human consumption, soil and dirt are removed manually and other copra are sent to oil mills for extraction of oil. In short, edible copra is physically round, circular cup like finish which is free of dust and dirt and is soft, while other copra which are irregular shape, dusty are sent as milling copra. A dried coconut for human consumption can also be used for milling purpose, therefore the basis of determination of GST rate on the basis of end use is not appropriate in terms of classification of the product.
As the Circular 163/19/2021-GST dated 6th October 2021 clearly clarifies that the whole unbroken kernel could be taken out of shell only when it converts to copra. The Applicant takes the copra cuts into half, sun dries and segregates manually based on the round shape of copra, free of dirt/dust and send it as edible copra and the rest of copra which are irregularly shaped, dusty are sent to oil milling units. But as the Circular clearly states, Copra is classified under heading 1203 irrespective of use - Hence, the impugned goods of the Applicant is only Copra and the same shall be classified under Heading 1203 thereby attracting GST rate of 5% vide entry at SI.No. 66 of Schedule I of 1/2017-Central Taxes (Rate) dated 28.06.2017.