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In 2021 we had imported one equipment falling under CTH 9027. Customs disputed our assessment and issued SCN to pay the differential duty under some other CTH. Meanwhile, for the same equipment somebody applied for Advance Ruling and the customs authority for advance ruling passed a ruling confirming the equipment to be classified under CTH 9027.
My query is if we can use the Advance Ruling in support of our assessment and drop the SCN?
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Such advance ruling have persuasive value, but same is not legally binding upon original adjudicating authority in your case.
These are ex facie views of mine and the same should not be construed as professional advice / suggestion.
Section 28J(1) The advance ruling pronounced by the Authority under section 28-I shall be binding only -
(a) on the applicant who had sought it;
(b) in respect of any matter referred to in sub-section (2) of section 28H;
(c) on the Principal Commissioner of Customs or Commissioner of Customs, and the customs authorities subordinate to him, in respect of the applicant.
Agreed. Take reference of this ruling in the reply for the SCN in addition to other already settled cases in this regard.
Persuasive value can tilt the decision in your favour by the Adjudicating Authority. AAR decision can help. Must take shelter of AAR.
Thanks to all the experts for their valuable inputs/guidance.