THE Customs Notification 102/2007 dated 14.9.07 providing for exemption of 4% Special Additional Customs Duty leviable in terms of Section 3(5) of Customs Tariff Act 1975 in respect of goods imported for sales as such, by the importers to others was purportedly issued to provide a level playing field to traders vis-à-vis manufacturers who do not pay local sales tax / VAT while importing goods directly for their own use and to remove the burden of double tax on such type of importers as held by Hon’ble Gujarat High Court under 2014 (299) ELT 263 (Guj.) CCE Vs. POSCO INDIA DELHI STEEL PROCESSING CENTRE P. LTD.
The exemption/procedures contained in this notification shall be given effect if the following conditions are fulfilled:
(a) the importer of the said goods shall pay all duties, including the said additional duty of customs leviable thereon, as applicable, at the time of importation of the goods;
(b) the importer, while issuing the invoice for sale of the said goods, shall specifically indicate in the invoice that in respect of the goods covered therein, no credit of the additional duty of customs levied under sub-section (5) of section 3 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 shall be admissible;
(c) the importer shall file a claim for refund of the said additional duty of customs paid on the imported goods with the jurisdictional customs officer;
(d) the importer shall pay on sale of the said goods, appropriate sales tax or value added tax, as the case may be;
(e) the importer shall, inter alia, provide copies of the following documents alongwith the refund claim :
(i) document evidencing payment of the said additional duty;
(ii) invoices of sale of the imported goods in respect of which refund of the said additional duty is claimed;
(iii) documents evidencing payment of appropriate sales tax or value added tax, as the case may be, by the importer, on sale of such imported goods.
(f) the time limit for filing refund is 1 year from payment.
The jurisdictional customs officer shall sanction the refund on satisfying himself that the conditions referred to in para 2 above, are fulfilled.
Check List of Documents:
1. Form of Refund Application
2. Calculation / Worksheet for refund
3. Self Declaration/ undertaking
4. All original challans evidencing payment of Vat with details of invoices.
5. Original Charted Accountant Certificate
6. Duplicate Bill of Entry (Importer’s Original-Copy)
7. Original TR-6 Challan for payment of Custom Duty.
8. Copies of purchase invoice & bill of lading.
9. List containing invoice nos. & amount of VAT/CST paid on imported goods for which refund is claimed.
10. Authority Letter.
12. Original VAT/CST deposited certificate issued by the VAT Department.
13. Self attested photocopy of Agreement in case of High seas sales (if any).
14. Self attested Duplicate/Carbon Copies of Sales Invoices (B/E No. must be mentioned on the Sales Invoices and following stamp must be their on the sales invoices)
“NO CREDIT OF THE ADDL. DUTY OF CUSTOMS LEVIED UNDER SUB SECTION (5) OF SECTION 3 OF THE CUSTOMS ACT 1975 SHALL BE ADMISSIBLE”
The procedures and clarification can also be sought from Circular No. 16/2008 Cus dated 28.04.2008 & 6/2008 Cus. dated 13.10.08. The refund is also admissible on ‘DEEMED SALE’ subject to satisfaction and litigation. Also, It depends upon the satisfaction of issuing authority.
(Rishi Chanan, Advocate, Mob:-098158-28244)