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GST on Ocean Freight, Goods and Services Tax - GST

Issue Id: - 116154
Dated: 18-3-2020
By:- Kaustubh Karandikar
GST on Ocean Freight

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In the case of import of goods by Sea on FOB (Free on Board), the Ocean freight is paid by the importer directly to the foreign shipping line. The ocean freight amount is separately shown in the bill of entry. Under this situation,

1) On what value GST is to be paid under reverse charge by the importer?

2) what is the percentage of GST

3) Whether to pay IGST or CGST + SGST? If the said freight is initially paid by the CHA or the freight forwarder to the foreign shipping line and then recovered from the importer, whether importer is liable to pay GST under reverse charge?

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1 Dated: 18-3-2020
By:- CAVenkataprasad Pasupuleti

Importer is liable to pay IGST @18% under reverse charge on the actual value of frieght paid to the foreign shipping line.

2 Dated: 19-3-2020
By:- Ganeshan Kalyani

In case of FOB import the freight is known to the importer. IGST @5% is payable on actual freight amount. And, in case of CIF, 10% of CIF is assumed as the freight element and 5% on that part is required to be paid as IGST.

3 Dated: 19-3-2020
By:- CAVenkataprasad Pasupuleti

Yes. Rate is 5%.

4 Dated: 23-3-2020
By:- Rachit Agarwal


Please note that the Import on CIF basis there is no liable to pay tax under reverse charge. Gujarat High Court in case of Mohit Minerals Ltd. = 2020 (1) TMI 974 - GUJARAT HIGH COURT has already held such Corigendum to Notification as ultra vires which provide for the levy of tax on deeming fiction.

5 Dated: 26-3-2020

Gst is payable @5% on freight paid as fob. Gujrat high court and also Rajasthan high court stayed the levy but still taxpayers are paying under rcm and taking it.

6 Dated: 28-3-2020
By:- Ganeshan Kalyani

It is better to pay IGST and claim input tax credit. As far as ITC is available the better option is to pay and claim ITC. No working capital impact as the claim is available in the same month. Also, Mohit Mineral case law may not be considered by the other State authority. If assesse did not paid tax then interest will be applicable.

7 Dated: 31-3-2020
By:- Somil Bhansali

Dear All,

Request you all to see this video which explains the recent ruling given in case of Mohit Minerals Pvt Ltd vs. Union of India [ 2020 (1) TMI 974 - GUJARAT HIGH COURT].


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