Notification Nos. 49/2003 and 50/2003 both dated 10.06.2003 provide area based exemption from the excise duty. Circular No. 960/03/2012-CX dated 17.02.2012 clarified that exemption would continue to be available for the residual period of exemption, if an exempted unit acquires adjacent plot of land and installs new plant and machinery on such land. Such an expansion was considered as akin to expansion by way of installing new plant and machinery inside the existing plot/premises.
It has been further clarified that term ‘adjacent’ used in the above mentioned circular would not include a plot which is at some distance away from the exempted unit. In other words, exemption would continue to be available only when the exempted unit undertakes expansion by acquiring the adjoining plot with at least one common boundary with the  exempted (existing) unit and the same is merged to make it one unit.

Circular No. 968/02/2013-CX,

Dated- 1st April, 2013

Sub.:-Clarification regarding admissibility of exemption under area-based Notifications No. 49/2003-Central Excise and 50/2003-Central Excise, both dated 10.06.2003 – reg.

Your kind attention is invited to Board’s circular No. 960/03/2012-CX dated 17.02.2012 issued from F.No. 110/03/2011-CX3 wherein admissibility of exemption under Notification Nos 49/2003-CE and 50/2003-CE, both dated 10.06.2003, in certain specified situations was clarified. In para 5 of the said circular, it was clarified that expansion of an eligible unit by acquiring an adjacent plot of land and installing new plant and machinery on such land, is akin to expansion by way of installing new plant and machinery inside the existing plot/premises and that in such cases, the exemption should continue to be available for the residual period of exemption.

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2. Representations have been received from the Trade seeking further clarifications as to whether the term ‘adjacent’ used in the said clarification would also include a plot which is not immediately adjoining the existing plot but at some distance away from the existing plot.

3. The matter has been examined. Para 5 of the aforesaid circular dated 17.02.2012 is meant for a situation where the expansion is done by acquiring the adjoining plot with at least one common boundary which merges with the existing plot/premises to make it one unit. Installing of new plant and machinery in a plot which is away from the existing plot is not akin to the situation mentioned in para 5 of the said circular. Installation of plant and machinery on such a plot would tantamount to setting up another unit by the manufacturer, the eligibility of exemption of which is independent of the eligibility of exemption to the existing unit.

4. For the removal of doubts, it is therefore clarified that the clarification in para 5 of the circular N. 960/03/2012-CX dated 17.02.2012 is meant for the units which undertake expansion by acquiring the adjoining plot with at least one common boundary with the existing plot and merge it with the existing plot/premises to make it one unit.

5. Trade, industry and field formations may be suitably informed.

6. Hindi version is enclosed.

Yours faithfully,

(Madan Mohan)

OSD (CX 3)

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