Case Law Details

Case Name : In re Ruby Mills Ltd. (GST AAR  Uttarakhand)
Appeal Number : Advance Ruling No. UK-AAR-11/2019-20
Date of Judgement/Order : 12/03/2020
Related Assessment Year :
Courts : AAR Uttarakhand (36) Advance Rulings (1533)

In re Ruby Mills Ltd. (GST AAR  Uttarakhand)

Whether fusible interlining fabrics of Cotton fall for classification HSN Code 5903 or under chapter 52?

On perusal of the Note 2 to Chapter heading 5903 , we find that the said heading covers textile fabrics, impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics. Such products are classified here whatever the weight per square meter and whatever the nature of the plastic component (compact or cellular) provided that in the case of impregnation, coating or covered fabrics , impregnation, coating or covering can be seen with the naked eye. The textile fabrics in which impregnation, coating or covering cannot be seen with the naked eye usually fall in 50 to 55, 58 or 60.

In the present case, we find that the applicant in their submission has admitted that this coating pattern can be seen with the naked eye and the same fact is also confirm by the concerned officer of SGST-Uttarakhand in his report dated 30,01.2020, therefore the product in question merit classification under Chapter 5903 of GST Tariff Act, 2017.

FULL TEXT OF ORDER OF AUTHORITY OF ADVANCE RULING, UTTARAKHAND 

1. This is an application under Sub-Section (1) of Section 97 of the CGST /SGST Act, 2017 (herein after to be referred as “Act”) and the rules made thereunder filed by M/s The Ruby Mills Ltd., Ruby House, J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (West), Mumbai- 400028 registered in Uttarakhand bearing GSTIN 051900000208ARU seeking an advance ruling on the question :

“Whether Fusible Interlining Fabrics of Cotton (in short FIFO) is classified under HSN Code 5903 or under chapter 52 ( heading depending upon the weightage of cotton in the fabrics).”

2. Advance Ruling under GST means a decision provided by the authority or the appellate authority to an applicant on matters or on questions specified in sub section (2) of section 97 or sub section (1) of section 100 in relation to the supply of goods or services or both being undertaken or proposed to be undertaken by the applicant.

3. As per the said subsection (2) of Section 97 of the Act ibid advance ruling can be sought by an applicant in respect of:

(a) Classification of any goods or services or both

(b) Applicability of a notification issued under the provisions of this Act,

(c) Determination of time and value of supply of goods or services or both,

(d) Admissibility of input tax credit of tax paid or deemed to have been paid

(e) Determination of the liability to pay tax on any goods or services or both

(f) Whether the applicant is required to be registered

(g) Whether any particular thing done by the applicant with respect to any goods or services or both amounts to or results in a supply of goods or services or both within the meaning of that term

In the present case, applicant has sought advance ruling in respect of classification under GST law on “Whether Fusible Interlining Fabrics of Cotton (in short FIFO) is classified under HSN Code 5903 or under chapter 52 ( heading depending upon the weightage of cotton in the fabrics).” Therefore, with the instant application seeking classification of goods, in terms of Section 97(2)(a) of Act, the present application is hereby admitted.

4. In the instant case personal hearing was held on 21.01.2020. Shri Udayan Choksi, Advocate and Shri K N Sharma, Advocate appeared on behalf of the applicant. During hearing proceedings, it was decided to draw the samples from applicant’s advocate office and send it to Govt. Lab/Govt, authorized Lab. After receiving the report, the copy will be given to the concerned officer and the applicant for any submission to be given by them. Shri Manish Mishra, Deputy Commissioner, SGST-Uttarakhand appointed as concerned officer by the competent authority of State GST was also present during the hearing proceedings.

5. In the present application, applicant has requested for advance ruling on

“Whether Fusible Interlining Fabrics of Cotton (in short FIFO) is classified under HSN Code 5903 or under chapter 52 ( heading depending upon the weightage of cotton in the fabrics).”

6. In this context, the submissions made by the applicant are summarized as under:

a. They are engaged in the business of manufacturing fabrics including microdot fusible interlining;

b. They are classifying the said product under HSN 5903 and applying GST @ 12% on supplies made from the state of Maharashtra;

c. There is an. alternative and equally valid position available in the law in view of which the customers of the applicant are demanding that the applicant classify the said product under Chapter 52 (under Headings 5208 to 5212, based on cotton content and grammage of fabric) and apply GST @ 5%;

d. The alternative legal position arises due to a 2018 order of CESTAT in the context of central excise duty where it was held that Tusible interlining cloth’ would not classified under CETSH 5903;

e. Further Authority of Advance Ruling of Uttarakhand has ruled that the said product is classifiable under Chapter 50 to 55, 58 or 60 of the GST Tariff, depending upon the primary content of the fabric;

f. Description about the said product: Interlining is a layer of fabric inserted between the shell fabric and the lining of a garment to give a suitable appearance and stability. The said product is 100% cotton which is subject to ‘powder dot coating process’. Under this process the cotton fabric passes over two pre-heated rollers having a surface temperature of above 225 degree calcius, one of which is an engraved printing roller having fine dots engraved on it in which high density polyethylene (HDPE) powder is filled and this powder gets printed onto the fabric. The excess powder is scraped away by a doctor blade provided in the hopper as in the case of roller printing. The dot printed cloth then passes through a heated chamber whereby the printed powder gets fixed. The said partial/discrete coating of fabric is carried out only on one side of the fabric. This coating pattern can be seen with the naked eye.

g. FIFC is mainly used in the collars, cuffs etc part of the garment.

6.1. The authority vide letter dated 24.01.2020 directed the Concerned Officer, Advance Ruling Authority, Dehradun to submit a report on the issue in hand while considering the Note 2(a)(1) to Chapter 5903. Consequently the Concerned Officer vide his letter dated 30.01.2020 has submitted as under:

a. He had asked the sample of said fabric from applicant’s advocate and found that ‘the coating or covering on fabric is clearly visible with naked eye;

b. In his opinion Note 2(a)(1) is satisfied and it is not required to take sample/testing.

6.2. In this context, the relevant chapter note of CHAPTER 59 (Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use) of the GST Tariff is reproduced as under –

“2. Heading 5903 applies to :

(a) textile fabrics, impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics, whatever the weight per square meter and whatever the nature of the plastic material (compact or cellular), other than :

(1) fabrics in which the impregnation, coating or covering cannot be seen with the naked eye (usually Chapters 50 to 55, 58 or 60); for the purpose of this provision, no account should be taken of any resulting change of colour;

(2) products which cannot, without fracturing, be bent manually around a cylinder of a diameter of 7 mm, at a temperature between 15°C and 30°C (usually Chapter 39);

(3) products in which the textile fabric is either completely embedded in plastics or entirely coated or covered on both sides with such material, provided that such coating or covering can be seen with the naked eye with no account being taken of any resultinq change of colour (Chapter 39);

(4) fabrics partially coated or partially covered with plastics and bearing designs resulting from these treatments (usually Chapters 50 to 55 58 or 60);

(5) plates, sheets or strip of cellular plastics, combined with textile fabric, where the textile fabric is present merely for reinforcing purposes (‘Chapter 39); or

(6) textile products of heading 5811

6.3 On perusal of the Note 2 to Chapter heading 5903 , we find that the said heading covers textile fabrics, impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics. Such products are classified here whatever the weight per square meter and whatever the nature of the plastic component (compact or cellular) provided that in the case of impregnation, coating or covered fabrics , impregnation, coating or covering can be seen with the naked eye. The textile fabrics in which impregnation, coating or covering cannot be seen with the naked eye usually fall in 50 to 55, 58 or 60.

6.4 In the present case, we find that the applicant in their submission has admitted that this coating pattern can be seen with the naked eye and the same fact is also confirm by the concerned officer of SGST-Uttarakhand in his report dated 30,01.2020, therefore the product in question merit classification under Chapter 5903 of GST Tariff Act, 2017.

7. In view of the above, we pass the following order:

ORDER

We hold that the Fusible Interlining Fabrics of Cotton (in short FIFC) is to be classified under HSN Code 5903 of GST Tariff Act, 2017.

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