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Supreme Court : No Cenvat Credit on outward transportation beyond “place of removal”

19th February, 2018

Judgement dated 1st Febrary, 2018 : Commissioner of Central Excise & Service Tax Vs Ultra Tech Cement : Ciivil Appeal No . 11261 OF 2016

The Hon'ble Supreme Court allows the Dept appeal denying Cenvat credit of service tax paid on outward transportation of goods from the factory to the Customer’s premises saying it is not "input service" within the definition in Rule 2(l)(ii) of the Rules, 2004.

The adjudicating authority had allowed the credit on the ground the above definition of "input service" covers services used in or in relation to clearance of the final products "from the place of removal". 

The appellate authority i.e. the Commissioner (Appeals) reversed this on the ground that the definition of ‘place of removal’ and that services utilised for outward transportation beyond the "place of removal" was not covered by "input service". It was stated that outward transportation as a service eligible for credit was imited to only "outward transportation upto the place of removal".

The Apex Court held :

"The phrase ‘place of removal’ is defined under section 4 of the Central Excise Act, 1944. It states that,-

“place of removal” means-

(i) a factory or any other place or premises of production or manufacture of the excisable goods ;

(ii) a warehouse or any other place or premises wherein the excisable goods have been permitted to be stored without payment of duty ;

(iii) a depot, premises of a consignment agent or any other place or premises from where the excisable goods are to be sold after their clearance from the factory;
from where such goods are removed.”

It is, therefore, clear that for a manufacturer /consignor, the eligibility to avail credit of the service tax paid on the transportation during removal of excisable goods would depend upon the place of removal as per the definition. In case of a factory gate sale, sale from a non-duty paid warehouse, or from a duty paid depot (from where the excisable goods are sold, after their clearance from the factory), the determination of the ‘place of removal’ does not pose much problem. However, there may be situations where the manufacturer /consignor may claim that the sale has taken place at the destination point because in terms of the sale contract /agreement (i) the ownership of goods and the property in the goods remained with the seller of the goods till the delivery of the goods in acceptable condition to the purchaser at his door step; (ii) the seller bore the risk of loss of or damage to the goods during transit to the destination; and (iii) the freight charges were an integral part of the price of goods. In such cases, the credit of the service tax paid on the transportation up to such place of sale would be admissible if it can be established by the claimant of such credit that the sale and the transfer of property in goods (in terms of the definition as under section 2 of the Central Excise Act, 1944 as also in terms of the provisions under the Sale of Goods Act, 1930) occurred at the said place.

"...Therefore extending the credit beyond the point of removal of the final product on payment of duty would be contrary to the scheme of Cenvat Credit Rules.....

"However, the important aspect of the matter is that Cenvat Credit is permissible in respect of ‘input service’ and the Circular relates to the unamended regime. Therefore, it cannot be applied after amendment in the definition of ‘input service’ which brought about a total change. Now, the definition of ‘place of removal’ and the conditions which are to be satisfied have to be in the context of ‘upto’ the place of removal. It is this amendment which has made the entire difference. That aspect is not dealt with in the said Board’s circular, nor it could be."


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Mumbai Customs Revives Yacht Club

The Bombay Customs Yacht Club which was set up in 1980 by the then Customs Collector Shri J Dutta was revived after 10 years.

On 26th Jan, 2018, Republic Day this year, the Customs Cup Regatta 2018 - Mumbai Harbour Race  was held. There were a total of 42 yachts and 150 participants including customs officers participating in the event.

This brings up glorious memories when an Indian Customs Officer, Mr Gulshan Rai  set sail and circumnavigated the earth. He later went on to receive the Arjuna and Padma Shri Awards.



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