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2002 (10) TMI 95 - SC - Central Excise
Whether TGP, insecticides etc., are classifiable under Tariff Heading 38.08 and not under Chapter 28 and 29?
Held that:- The HS of Commodity classification which was developed by the World Customs Organisation, Brussels was adopted by India also in the ITC (HS) Classification of Export and Import items, 2002-2007 which was issued by the Government under Section 5 of the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992 read with paragraph 2.1 of the Export and Import Policy, 2002-2007. The ITC (HS) like the Schedule to the 1985 Act, also contains several chapters which correspond exactly with the Schedule to the 1985 Act at least as far as the relevant parts of Chapter 38 are concerned. Chapter Note 1(a)(2) and the Heading 38.08 of the ITC (HS) are identical with the Schedule to the 1985 Act. In the ITC (HS), under the several sub-headings to Heading 38.08, the different forms of insecticides, pesticides etc. have been provided for from which it is clear that insecticides etc. in their concentrated bulk forms are covered by the Heading 38.08 at least for the purposes of the Import/Export Policy. For example, sub-heading 3808.10.11 mentions 'Aldrin' as a form of insecticide. Against that sub-heading, it is provided that it is freely importable/exportable "if registered and not prohibited for import under Insecticides Act, 1968 and formulations thereof". Similarly, 3808.90.10 provides for 'pesticides, not elsewhere specified'. It is treated as a free item under the policy "if registered and not prohibited for import under the insecticides Act, 1968 and formulations thereof." Undeniably insecticides, pesticides etc. in whatever form are covered by the Insecticides Act. The description demonstrates that bulk concentrates and formulations are covered by the sub-heading 'Aldrin'. The use of the same words in the Tariff Heading in the Schedule to the 1985 Act as has been used for the purposes of the Import Trade Control Policy is an additional reason for holding that insecticides, pesticides concentrates in bulk forms are includible within the Tariff Heading.
For all these reasons, we are unable to accept the appellants' submission that the amendments to Chapter 38 in 1996 and 1997 served to exclude TGP or insecticides etc. in bulk forms from Chapter 38. Against assessee.