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Clarification regarding GST rates & classification (goods) based on the recommendations of the GST Council in its 45th meeting held on 17th September, 2021 at Lucknow - GST - 163/19/2021

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..... applicable GST rate; vii. GST rates on goods [miscellaneous pharmaceutical products] falling under heading 3006; viii. Applicability of GST rate of 12% on all laboratory reagents and other goods falling under heading 3822; ix. Requirement of Original/ import Essentiality certificate, issued by the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) on each inter-State stock transfer of goods imported at concessional GST rate for petroleum operations; x. External batteries sold along with UPS Systems/ Inverter; xi. Specified Renewable Energy Projects; xii. Fiber Drums, whether corrugated or non-corrugated. 2. The issue-wise clarifications are discussed in detail below. 3. Applicability of GST on fresh and dried fruits and nuts: 3.1 Representations have been received seeking clarification regarding the distinction between fresh and dried fruits and nuts and applicable GST rates. 3.2 At present, fresh nuts (almond, walnut, hazelnut, pistachio etc) falling under heading 0801 and 0802 are exempt from GST, while dried nuts under these headings attract GST at the rate of 5%/ 12%. The general Explanatory Notes to chapter 08 mentions that this chapter covers fruit, nuts intended for human consumption .....

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..... d Nil rate would apply only to seeds for this heading if used for sowing purposes (S. No. 86 of schedule of notification No. 2/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017). Hence, with effect from 1.10.2021, tamarind and other seeds falling under heading 1209, (i.e. including tamarind seeds), if not supplied as seed for sowing, would attract GST at the rate of 5%. 5. Clarification of definition of Copra: 5.1. Representations have been received seeking clarification regarding the definition of Copra and applicable GST rates. 5.2 As per Explanatory Notes to HS (2017 edition) to heading 1203, Copra is dried flesh of coconut generally used for the extraction of coconut oil. Coconut kernel turns into copra, when it separates from the shell skin, while still being inside the shell. The whole unbroken kernel could be taken out of shell only when it converts to copra. Once taken out of shell, copra could be supplied either whole or broken. 5.3. As per the Explanatory Notes to HS, the heading 0801 covers coconut fresh or dried but excludes Copra. Thus, exemption available to Coconut, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled or peeled, vide entry at S. No. 47 of notification No. 2/2017-Central T .....

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..... rs’ Grains with Soluble [DDGS] and other such residues: 8.1 Representations have been received seeking clarification regarding classification and applicable GST rates on Brewers' spent grain (BSG), Dried distillers' grains with soluble [DDGS] and other such residues of starch manufacture and similar residues, beet-pulp, bagasse and other waste of sugar manufacture, brewing or distilling dregs and waste, whether or not in the form of pellets. 8.2 As per the Explanatory Notes to the HSN, heading 2303 includes residues of starch manufacture and similar residues (from maize (corn), rice, potatoes, etc.); beet-pulp; bagasse; other waste products of sugar manufacture; brewing or distilling dregs and waste, which comprises in particular - dregs of cereals obtained in the manufacture of beer and consisting of exhausted grains remaining after the wort has been drawn off; malts sprouts separated from the malted grain during the kilning process; spent hops; Dregs resulting from the distillation of spirits from grain, seeds, potatoes, etc; beet pulp wash (residues from the distillation of beet molasses).All these products remain classified in the heading whether presented in wet .....

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..... rations designed to be used in human or veterinary medicine as a lubricant for parts of the body for surgical operations or physical examinations or as a coupling agent between the body and medical instruments; and (j) waste pharmaceuticals, that is, pharmaceutical products which are unfit for their original intended purpose due to, for example, expiry of shelf-life. (k) appliances identifiable for ostomy use, that is colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy pouches cut to shape and their adhesive wafers or faceplates.” 9.4 Thus, it is clarified that said entry 65 covers all goods as specified in Chapter Note 4 and Chapter Note 4 in turn covers all goods covered under Heading 3006. Therefore, said entry 65 covers all goods falling under heading 3006, irrespective of the fact that such goods are specifically mentioned in said entry. Therefore, all goods falling under heading 3006 attract GST rate of 12% under entry 65 in the 12% rate schedule. 10. All laboratory reagents and other goods falling under heading 3822: 10.1 Entry at S. No. 80 of Schedule II of notification No.1/2017- Integrated Tax (Rate) dated 28.6.2017 prescribes GST rate of 12% for “All diagnostic kits and reagen .....

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..... ssional rate. 11.5. The importer is required to maintain records and should be able to establish nexus between the stock transfer of goods and the description in the essentiality certificate. 12. GST rates applicable on External batteries sold along with UPS Systems/ Inverter 12.1 References have been received seeking clarification about whether, ‘UPS Systems/inverter sold along with batteries as integral part’ are classified under heading 8507 at 28% GST or under heading 8504 at 18% GST. 12.2 The matter has been examined and it is observed that even if the UPS/inverter and external battery are sold on the same invoice, their price are separately known, and they are two separately identifiable items. Thus, this constitutes supply of two distinctly identifiable items on one invoice. Therefore, it is clarified that in such supplies, UPS/ inverter would attract GST rate of 18% under heading 8504, while external batteries would attract the GST rate as applicable to it under heading 8507 (28% for all batteries except lithium-ion battery). 13. Applicability of GST rates on Solar PV Power Projects 13.1 Representations have been received seeking clarification regarding the GST .....

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