Dipesh Murarka

Dipesh MurarkaRebate of duty on goods exported out of India is covered by Rule 18 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002. The Central Government may, by notification, grant rebate of-

i. Duty paid on such excisable goods which are exported out of India, or

ii. Duty paid on materials used in the manufacturing or processing of such goods.

A Judgement was passed in the case of Rajasthan Textile mills v. UOI (2013) 298 ELT 183 (Raj.) wherein it was held that export rebate as provided in Rule 18 of Central Excise Rules, 2002 is allowed only on duty paid on one of the items i.e. either on excisable goods, or, on material used in manufacture/ processing of such goods. Hence, the assessee is not entitled to claim rebate on both item simultaneously.

 The notification contains such conditions or limitations and fulfilment of such procedures on the basis of which rebate shall be granted.

Now let us see the conditions and limitations subject to which rebate is granted on excisable goods:-

Rebate of the whole of the duty on all excisable goods which are falling under First Schedule to Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985, exported to any country other than Bhutan, is granted subject to the conditions and limitations, specified hereunder –

  • The excisable goods shall be exported, after payment of duty, directly from a factory/warehouse except as otherwise permitted by the CBEC by a general or special order;
  • The excisable goods shall be exported within 6 months from the date on which they were cleared for export from the factory of the manufacturer or warehouse or within such extended period as the Commissioner of Central Excise may, in any particular case, allow;

[Held in the case of Kosmos Healthcare Pvt. Ltd v. ACCEx.(2013) 297 ELT 345 (Cal.) that non adherence of time limit of six months is not a mere procedural infraction but the same can be extended or condoned by Commissioner of Central Excise in his discretion]

  • The excisable goods supplied as ship’s stores for consumption on board a vessel bound for any foreign port are in such quantities as the commissioner of customs at the port of shipment may consider reasonable;
  • The rebate claim by filing electronic declaration shall be allowed from such place of export and such date, as may be specified by the Board in this behalf;

[Held in the case of Welspun Corporation ltd. v. UOI (2014) 301 ELT 33 (Guj.) that claim for rebate accrues upon actual export; therefore, rebate notification as it stands on date of actual export is applicable for grant of rebate]

  • The market price of the excisable goods at the time of exportation is not less than the amount of rebate of duty claimed;
  • The amount of rebate of duty admissible is not less than Rs.500;
  • The rebate of duty paid on those excisable goods shall not be made, export of which is prohibited under any law for the time being in force;
  • No rebate of duty shall be admissible in case if a manufacturer is availing area-based exemption and exporting goods therefrom.

The above conditions and limitations for grant of refund has been passed by [Notification No. 19/2004-CE (N.T.), dated 06-09-2004].

(The above article is contributed by Dipesh Murarka having professional and academic interests in Accounts, Auditing and Taxation arenas. He can be approached at [email protected])

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  1. Shashank says:

    could you please tell me about ARE-1 submission to excise department after endorsed by Custom verification or any circular related to submission of ARE-1.

  2. Rajasekaran CA says:

    Short and sweet writeup on Rebate under R.18. The latest cases have reaffirmed that unjust enrichment shall be denied at all points of time. It would be appreciable if you can give more inputs on Rebate under R.19.

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