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Husco Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd. Versus Commissioner of Customs (Import) , Mumbai And Vice-Versa

2016 (8) TMI 138 - CESTAT MUMBAI

Valuation - principle of res judicata - related persons - goods imported was enhanced by royalty equal to 3% of the importer's selling price of the licensed products - Held that:- It is clear that in such cases the principle of res judicata does not apply. In both the cases relied by the Revenue the decision was accepted by Revenue and principle of res judicata was applied against Revenue. In this case it is other way round. Since the decision of Tribunal in the case of Hewlett Packard is in ide .....

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e of Matushita Television & Audio Ltd. (2007 (4) TMI 5 - SUPREME COURT OF INDIA) is squarely applicable to the present case. - Decided against the assessee. - Appeal No. C/86824 & 87379/15, Appln. No. C/CO/91017/16 & 91018/16 - Dated:- 20-7-2016 - Mr. Ramesh Nair, Member (Judicial) And Mr. Raju, Member (Technical) Shri Mihir Deshmukh, Advocate for appellant Shri.MK Sarangi, Jt. Comm. (AR) for respondent ORDER Per Raju 1. M/s.Husco Hydraulics Pvt. Ltd. (M/s.HHPL in short) entered into agreements .....

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n terms of Rule 2 of Customs Valuation (Determination of value of import goods) Rules, 2007. (ii) Invoice value of goods imported was enhanced by royalty equal to 3% of the importer s selling price of the licensed products defined in the license agreement dated 01/04/2007 under Rule 4 read with Rule 9 (1) (c) of the Customs Valuation Rules, 2007 for the period from 10/10/2007 till expiry of three years from the date of issue of orders. 1.1 Subsequently, M/s.HHPL approached for the periodical rev .....

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Husco International Ltd. UK on M/s.Husco Hydraulics India Pvt. Ltd. For the supply of the goods are at international prices which are computed on the basis of all costs and representative profit. Hence, I find that the transaction value of the goods is acceptable under Rule 3 (3) (a) of Customs Valuation (Determination of value of import goods) Rules, 2007. 16. I find that the importer has vide letter dated 31/05/2013 and 20/09/2013 submitted that in certain cases goods (Raw material/capital go .....

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3) (a) of Customs Valuation (Determination of value of import goods) Rules, 2007. 17. However, as far as issue of addition to the assessable value of the goods under Rule 10 (1) (c)of Customs Valuation (Determination of value of import goods) Rules, 2007 or under erstwhile Rule 9 (1) (c)of Customs Valuation Rules, 1988 is concerned, I find that the importer is making payments towards royalty as per the licensing agreement. I find that the question of inclusion of the said payment in the assessab .....

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ought about by the party at the present stage. Moreover, from the documents available, I find that the said order-in-original has not bee appealed against by the party. Further, the importer has vide affidavit confirmed that they are following consistent invoicing pattern for the Husco group products being imported by them. Hence, in the light of the above facts and circumstances, I find that the issue of addition of the payment of royalty as per the said license agreement has attained finality .....

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ons. 2. The grounds of appeal in the Revenue s appeal are that the Commissioner (Appeals) has not stated as to how the decision of Hon ble Apex Court in the case of Matushita Television & Audio Ltd. Vs. CC 2007 (211) ELT 200 (SC) is not applicable. In the appeal it has been argued that the royalty is paid on the ex-factory sale price of goods and that includes the cost of imported components. It has been argued in the grounds of appeal that since the cost of imported components was included .....

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deration in this civil appeal is : whether royalty payment was connected with the imported components. Under Rule 9(1)(c) of the Valuation Rules, 1988, only such royalty which is relatable to the imported goods and which is a condition of sale of such goods alone could be added to the declared price. However, in the present case, payment of continuing royalty was payable at the rate of 3% of the net ex-factory sale price of the colour T.V. exclusive of taxes, freight and insurance but including .....

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luded the cost of imported components. On the other hand, in the present case, the cost of imported components was expressly included in the net ex-factory sale price of the colour T.V. Further, when payment to MEI was at the rate of 3% of the sales turn over of the final product, including cost of imported component, it became a condition of sale of the finished goods. Hence, in this case both the conditions of Rule 9(1)(c) of the Valuation Rules, 1988, are satisfied. 2.2 The learned AR also re .....

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n the said case there was evidence produced linking the royalty payments to CIF value of the imported car kits. In the instant case, no such direct evidence has been produced and thus, this case does not further the arguments of the learned AR. 2.4 The learned AR also relied on the decision of the Tribunal in the case of General Motors India Ltd. 2009 (235) ELT 364 (T). In the said case also license fee was found not related to the imported goods and therefore, held to be not includable in the a .....

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the case of MTR Foods Ltd. 2010 (252) ELT 580 (Tri-Bang) and on the decision of the Hon ble High Court of Delhi in the case of AGV Alfab Ltd. 2011 (270) ELT 331 (Del). Relying on these decisions he argued that the principles of res judicata are applicable to the instant case as the HHPL have accepted the earlier order of GATT Valuation Cell dated 30/06/2008 and since nothing has changed in the terms of the agreement or otherwise it is not open to HHPL to seek a change of assessment. 2.7 The lear .....

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xamined the issue regarding the applicability of principles of res judicata in the SVB matters. In para 25 of the said order, the Tribunal has observed as follows: 25. This leaves us to consider the last ground on which the revenue based? their appeal viz., that since the appellant had accepted the earlier SVB Circular for a number of years, it is not open in law for them to now appeal against the loading of the assessable value after a passage of some time. We are not in a position to accept th .....

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order dated 5-8-1996 is not in any way blocked, particularly because it is nobody s case that the appeal is not in time or that there is a lack of jurisdiction. The order dated 11-2-1992 which they had not contested was based under a different set of circumstances. The order currently under dispute is on different set of circumstances, and one of them is that the quantum of shareholding has changed between HP USA and HPI. In view of these discussions, we cannot accept this ground of appeal also .....

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ed Counsel also argued that the Commissioner (Appeals) has rightly relied on the decision of the Apex Court in the case of Feroda India (supra) and in the case of Essar Steel (supra) to hold that the transaction value of the goods is acceptable under Rule 3 (3) (a) of the Customs Valuation Rules, 2007 and there is no case for addition of royalty value in assessable value. 4. We have gone through the rival submissions. We find that in the order-in-original dated 30/01/2014, the Assistant Commissi .....

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on value of the goods is acceptable under Rule 3 (3) (a) of Customs Valuation (Determination of value of import goods) Rules, 2007. 16. I find that the importer has vide letter dated 31/05/2013 and 20/09/2013 submitted that in certain cases goods (Raw material/capital goods) are procured from group entities and such goods are not manufactured by the group suppliers but are procured from other vendors and then sold to Husco India. In respect of the same they have demonstrated that there is a pric .....

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unds: 17. However, as far as issue of addition to the assessable value of the goods under Rule 10 (1) (c)of Customs Valuation (Determination of value of import goods) Rules, 2007 or under erstwhile Rule 9 (1) (c)of Customs Valuation Rules, 1988 is concerned, I find that the importer is making payments towards royalty as per the licensing agreement. I find that the question of inclusion of the said payment in the assessable value of the goods as per the relevant provisions of Customs Valuation Ru .....

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available, I find that the said order-in-original has not bee appealed against by the party. Further, the importer has vide affidavit confirmed that they are following consistent invoicing pattern for the Husco group products being imported by them. Hence, in the light of the above facts and circumstances, I find that the issue of addition of the payment of royalty as per the said license agreement has attained finality and hence, I don t find any reason to interfere with the said order at this .....

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ported goods shall be the transaction value adjusted in accordance with provisions of rule 10; (2) Value of imported goods under sub-rule (1) shall be accepted : Provided that - (a) there are no restrictions as to the disposition or use of the goods by the buyer other than restrictions which - (i) are imposed or required by law or by the public authorities in India; or (ii) limit the geographical area in which the goods may be resold; or (iii) do not substantially affect the value of the goods; .....

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action value is acceptable for customs purposes under the provisions of sub-rule (3) below. (3) (a) Where the buyer and seller are related, the transaction value shall be accepted provided that the examination of the circumstances of the sale of the imported goods indicate that the relationship did not influence the price. (b) In a sale between related persons, the transaction value shall be accepted, whenever the importer demonstrates that the declared value of the goods being valued, closely a .....

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provisions of rule 10 and cost incurred by the seller in sales in which he and the buyer are not related; (c) substitute values shall not be established under the provisions of clause (b) of this sub-rule. (4) If the value cannot be determined under the provisions of sub-rule (1) the value shall be determined by proceeding sequentially through rule 4 to 9. 4.3 Rule 3 (1) can be invoked in respect of the transaction value accepted under Rule 3 (3) (a) as well. Rule 3 (3) deals with the transacti .....

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n the case of Hewlett Packard reported in MANU/CC/0178/1998. Para 25 thereof has been reproduced in para 3 above. It is clear that in such cases the principle of res judicata does not apply. In both the cases relied by the Revenue the decision was accepted by Revenue and principle of res judicata was applied against Revenue. In this case it is other way round. Since the decision of Tribunal in the case of Hewlett Packard is in identical circumstances. Thus, we hold principle of res judicata does .....

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ty which is relatable to the imported goods and which is a condition of sale of such goods alone could be added to the declared price. However, in the present case, payment of continuing royalty was payable at the rate of 3% of the net ex-factory sale price of the colour T.V. exclusive of taxes, freight and insurance but including the cost of imported components. In other words, the royalty payment was to be computed not only on the domestic element of the net sale price of the colour T.V. but a .....

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of the colour T.V. Further, when payment to MEI was at the rate of 3% of the sales turn over of the final product, including cost of imported component, it became a condition of sale of the finished goods. Hence, in this case both the conditions of Rule 9(1)(c) of the Valuation Rules, 1988, are satisfied. 4.6 It is clear that the Hon ble Apex Court has considered that if royalty is paid on the value inclusive of the value of imported goods then it becomes a condition of sale. The learned Counsel .....

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the one time know-how fee was paid for the installation of plant and machinery. The facts were substantially different from the facts in the case of Matushita Television & Audio Ltd. (supra). 4.8 In the instant case it is undisputed that the royalty is paid on a value inclusive of the value of the imported goods. Clause 5 of the Article of definition section of the license agreement defines net sale as follows: This agreement is made and entered into as of this first day of April, 2007, by .....

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of the countries of the Territory as hereinafter defined. 3. Trademarks shall be HUSCO 4. Territory shall be worldwide (non-exclusive) except for North America and Europe, unless exempted by HUSCO for special applications. 5. Net Sale shall be defined as the actual or invoice selling price EXWORKS, less any shipping, insurance, packing or excise taxes thereon, but without deduction for components purchased from HUSCO, for bad debts, nor for any alleged incompleteness or failure of the Technical .....

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