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2023 (9) TMI 466 - CESTAT AHMEDABAD
Clearance of Capital goods from SEZ to DTA under EPCG - appellant not exited from Special Economic Zone - eligible for clearing the capital goods under the prevailing Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme or not - Rule 74(4) of the SEZ Rules, 2006 - HELD THAT:- Under the provisions in which SEZ Scheme operates, under Section 30 of the SEZ Act, 2005, terms of removal of goods from SEZ to DTA on payment of Customs duties on the rate of duty and tariff valuation on the date of removal has been provided. Further, under Rules made to carry out the provisions of SEZ Act, 2005 i.e. S.E.Z Rules, 2006, under Rule 34 there is a prescription available that goods admitted in SEZ shall be used only for approved operations i.e. which is permitted through LOP by the Unit Approval Committee under Rule 49(1) of the SEZ Rules, 2006. Capital goods are allowed to be removed in DTA after use in a Special Economic Zone on payment of duty and depreciated value counted from the date commencement of production Rule 74 (4) SEZ rule, 2006.
When the legislature has made a special provision by mentioning a particular export promotion Scheme to be availed only at the time of exit, same cannot be allowed to be freely availed at any time under a provision in which there is no prescription of capital goods to be cleared under EPCG Scheme is available. In this context, we are fortified in interpreting the provision of statute by the trite law that when a method has been laid down, it necessarily prohibits the doing of the act in any other manner than that which has been prescribed, and thus, the prohibition in other provision not being mentioned specifically will not apply.
In the present instance, stipulation of one time availment of EPCG Scheme at the time of exit cannot be read as permitting availment of EPCG Scheme under Rule 34 of SEZ Rules, 2006. Particularly under expression “on license” appearing in that Rule.
Further the Export Promotion schemes since 1994 after existence of W.T.O are being made by member countries as compliant to the W.T.O provisions requiring no element of subsidy to be allowed even entering through procedural mechanism. Switchover thus from one scheme to another of capital goods needs to be construed strictly through specific mandate of the legislature and not liberally - E.P.C.G. till exit from SEZ unit is not available, nor has appellant produced any such mandate or opinion from administrative authorities like Dev. Commissioners approving such availment by customs - the order of Commissioner (Appeals) upheld.
There are no merit in the appeal - appeal dismissed.