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2000 (1) TMI 177 - SC - Customs
Whether or not the royalty/licence fees needed to be included in the value of the imported goods?
Held that:- Under the agreement user is specifically limited to licence sites. Transaction as a whole is to be seen. Press Note is of no help to the SBI. Rule 9(1)(c) and the interpretative note thereto did not apply as nothing was added to the price actually paid for the imported goods by way of royalties etc. Refund would be allowable only if there was something added on to the royalty payment which was not in the present case. The invoice originally presented was complete in itself. Second invoice was not filed along with the Bill of Entry. In the second invoice also it is licence fee for right to use countrywide and it is not right to reproduce as claimed by the SBI. Schedule I to the agreement is module and copies are modalities for the use of software by the SBI with various restrictions. If we again refer to clause 6.4 of the agreement there is a complete restraint on SBI which says SBI shall not use, print, copy, reproduce or disclose the software or documentation in whole or in part except as is expressly permitted by the agreement nor shall SBI permit any of the foregoing. SBI is also barred from allowing access to its software or documentation except what is permitted under the agreement. Again SBI is barred from selling, charging or otherwise making the software or documentation available to any person except what is expressly permitted under the agreement. Clause 6.5 of the agreement says that SBI shall not copy or permit copying of the software supplied to it by Kindle save as may be strictly required for delivery to licence sites. The terms of the agreement also apply to the copies.
Having thus examined the terms of the agreement between M/s. Kindle Software Ltd., Dublin, Ireland and the State Bank of India for supply of software and the Rules regarding valuation as contained in Customs Valuation (Determination of Price of Imported Goods) Rules, 1988 and the Press Note, we are of the opinion that the stand of the revenue is correct. The State Bank of India is not entitled to any refund of the custom duty paid. We uphold the order of the Customs, Excise and Gold (Control) Appellate Tribunal rejecting claim for refund of custom duty. Appeal dismissed.