Tax Management India. Com TMI - Tax Management India. Com
Case Laws Acts / Rules Notifications Circulars Tariff/ ITC HSN Forms Manuals News SMS Articles Highlights
Discussions Forum
Home Forum Service Tax This
A Public Forum.
Anyone can participate to share knowledge.
We acknowledge the contributions of Experts/ Authors.

Submit new Issue / Query

← Previous Next →

Service tax on Freight Forwarding, Service Tax

Issue Id: - 3165
Dated: 11-7-2011
By:- Andrew Antonio Fernandez
Service tax on Freight Forwarding

  • Contents

I need to know if the activity of Freight Forwarding on export is taxable under Service Tax laws. If so under which category and on what basis.

Posts / Replies

Showing Replies 1 to 10 of 10 Records

1 Dated: 12-7-2011
By:- satish nair

under the category of CARGO HANDLING SERVICES.



ca satish nair

2 Dated: 13-7-2011
By:- K V V B gangadhar

Please note there is "no service tax" on air or ocean frieght amount. However service tax is applicable for other charges which collect by freight forwader for both export freight or import freight.


export Freight : 100 US$ ( Converted in to Rupees @45.5, then it is Rupees 45500

Other charges like  Airway bill / Bill of Lading  issuing charges : Rupees 500

Cartage charges : Rupees 1000

Sevice tax on business auxillary services (@ 10.26% on 1500 Rupees )

This is only an example to give an idea.

3 Dated: 13-7-2011
By:- pradeep khatri

Service tax @ 10.30% will be applicable on all charges, duly charged by Freight Forwarding except on Airfreight and Oceanfreight.

4 Dated: 14-7-2011
By:- Andrew Antonio Fernandez

Thank you for your replies and clarifications. Service tax is to be charged on all charges other than the freight. But just to make it clear, If a freight forwarder marks up the freight is Service tax applicable on the marked up value or the difference? 

5 Dated: 15-7-2011
By:- K V V B gangadhar

Most of the time freight forwarder marks up the freight and some times he may be at negative side just to fulfill the target reaching based on quantities committed with shipping line or airlines. 

As per my knowledge, what ever the difference due to markup in freight, it will be considered as profit and similar to a manufacturer where he will not show how much profit he is earning out of selling his product to distributor/retailer. So, here also, at the end of the year, while calculating the earnings, the income is paid on profits or show losses in balance sheet and not mixed with services as services are governed by service tax and profits are govened by income tax.

It is my opinion.

6 Dated: 15-7-2011
By:- satish nair

I agree with mr gangadhar ... trading is not a taxable activity in service tax.

Mr gangadhar Can you forward me any case laws in this regard?



7 Dated: 15-7-2011
By:- K V V B gangadhar

As mentioned in my previous posting, it is my opinion. 

I request our other colleagues like CAs,Legal professionals may quote the case laws.

8 Dated: 19-1-2012
By:- sathish kumar

Dear Sir,

Is ther any notification if freight forwarding agent marks up the Air / Ocean freight there is no service tax. As the full industry is not charging service tax on Air / Ocean Freight for Export of shipment.

Just two days before service tax audit team came and they are saying mark up export freight is taxble we need to charge the same to shipper.

Is it corret...

Because shipper don't want this liability they are charging freight to their foreing supplier and receing the same in convertable foreign currency.

 Dear all... Please point our view to as per law to make them aware of the same

Thanks And Kind Regards,

Sathish Kumar

9 Dated: 30-6-2012
By:- narendra jain

2. Air Travel Agent, Rail Travel Agents, CHA, etc. liable under separate categories – Air Cargo Agents cannot be taxed under Business Auxiliary Service :

2.1 Merely because the assessee are agents of the airlines, it cannot be said they are liable to service tax. All agents are not liable to service tax, except those otherwise made liable to service tax under specific category of taxable service.

 2.2 Travel Agents liable to service tax under specific category :

The air travel agents are liable to service tax under Section 65(105)(4) read with Section 65(105)(1) of the Act. The rail travel agents are liable to service tax under Section 65(87) read with section Section 65(105)(zz) of the Act. Other travel agents are liable to service tax under section 65(115a) read with Section 65(105)(zzx) of the Act.

 2.3 Other Travel Agents made taxable w.e.f. 10-9-2004, while Business Auxiliary Services existed w.e.f. 1-7-2003 :

The charge of service tax on Other Travel Agents under Section 65(115a) read with Section 65(105)(zzx) of the Act was imposed vide Finance Act, 2004 w.e.f. 10-9-2004. The Business Auxiliary Services stood w.e.f. 1-7-2003. While introducing the “Other Travel Agents Services”, the  Letter F. No. B2/8/2004-TRU, dated 10-9-2004 declared thus (para 15):BVC-C.No.V(H)/Adj-I/ST/39/2012/4296 dtd. 22-03-2012-Reply Page 7 of 33

“15. Extension of service tax on air travel agents and rail travel agents to other travel agents :

At present, service tax is leviable on air travel agents and rail travel agents. Travel agents of other modes of transport (road, water) are not covered under service tax.The scope of service tax has been extended to include all travel agents. The taxable service is the service provided by travel agent in relation to the booking of passage for travel by modes other than air and road. The value of taxable service would be the commission/fee charged by the travel agent from the customer.” 

2.4  Thus, the legislature didn’t conceive of ‘Other Travel Agents’ being liable to tax under Business Auxiliary Service or any other service and, accordingly, made them liable to service tax under separate category of taxable service.

2.5 It is to be noted that only travel agents have been made liable to service tax as above, and the cargo agents of railway/airlines have not been made liable to service under any category of service tax. Thus, no service tax can be charged upon the air cargo agents under ‘Business Auxiliary’, when the Legislature didn’t think it covering even the other travel agents.

2.6 Moreover, Transport of goods by road and Transport of goods by air are liable to service tax as a separate service, but, transport of passengers/goods by rail is not liable to service tax (exemption in respect of non-containerised transport of goods by rail) and transport of passengers by air and transport of passengers by road are liable to service tax under separate service. Customs House Agents are liable to service tax under separate category.



Business Actvity if Air Cargo Agent

(i) Assessee buys space in airlines :

The assessee is given a quote for air cargo transportation charges, i.e. tonnage/space rates on a pallet basis by an Airline. Such quotes are usually offered by airlines for bulk cargo or  large quantity basis. As per industry nomenclature, this quote is referred to as the “buy rate”.

 (ii) Airlines issues Master Air Way Bill (Master AWB) at buy rate :

The airline issues a Master AWB to the assessee based, on this buy rate. A Master AWB is basically a contract of carriage between the airline and the assessee. The Master AWB covers consolidated shipment of goods and LISTS THE ASSESSEE AS THE SHIPPER.

The contractual arrangement is therefore only between the airline and the assessee.

(iii) Assessee sells space to the consignors/ultimate shippers :

The assessee quotes its customer (the ultimate shipper) consignors a higher or lower rate for transportation of goods on such bulk cargo space purchased from airlines based on the commercial factors. This rate quoted by the assessee to the consignor is called “sell rate” as per industry nomenclature.

(iv) Assessee issues House AWB under Master AWB :

The assessee issues a House AWB to the ultimate shipper. The rate charged in this contract of carriage is the “sell rate”.

(v) Margin of Trading/Rebate :

The difference between the buy-rate and sellrate is the assessee’s margin on trading in such cargo space. The aforesaid is not at all related to any service.

The same represents profits from the

selling of cargo space. Such rebate generated by trading in cargo space cannot by any stretch of imagination can be said to be a consideration for rendering services. A copy of invoices is enclosed in

10 Dated: 24-10-2013
By:- Vignesh S

service tax on freight is exempted if its on account of export



Old Query - New Comments are closed.

← Previous Next →
Discussion Forum
what is new what is new

Let's just recapitulate:

|| Home || About us || Feedback || Contact us || Disclaimer || Terms of Use || Privacy Policy || TMI Database || Members ||

© [A unit of MS Knowledge Processing Pvt. Ltd.] All rights reserved.