Customs duty on electrical energy produced in SEZ and supplied in DTA
29 January, 2016
The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition filed by the Revenue Department against the judgement of Gujarat High Court in the case Adani Power Limited v. UOI. The High Court had quashed Notification No. 25/2010-Cus., and Notification No. 21/2002-Cus. as amended by Clause 60 of the Finance Bill, 2010 (Second Schedule thereto) as being ultra...
WTO members secure Nairobi Package
11 January, 2016
WTO members recently concluded their 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi by securing historic agreements on a series of trade initiatives. Centrepiece of the Nairobi Package is a Ministerial Decision on Export Competition, including a commitment to eliminate subsidies for farm exports. Under the decision, developed members have comm...
Circumvention of anti-dumping duty – Time period for change in pattern of trade
11 January, 2016
The Court of Justice of the European Union has held the Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 260/2013 invalid. The Regulation had extended the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Regulation (EC) No. 1458/2007 on imports of gas-fuelled, non-refillable pocket flint lighters originating in the People’s Republic of China to imports of s...
India revises its model BIT text
11 January, 2016
India finalised the model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) agreement last month. The first version was seen as pro-State with clauses like those relating to investor responsibilities, provision for the host State to make counter claim, absence of Most Favoured Nation clause and so on. The revised text incorporates some changes which make it more...
No interest if differential duty paid before finalization of provisional assessment
1 January, 2016
The Supreme Court of India has dismissed the Special Leave Petition filed by the Revenue department against the order of the Bombay High Court in a case involving liability to pay interest when the duty was paid before finalization of provisional assessment. The Apex Court in its Order dated 14-12-2015, found absence of any merit in the petition filed by the Reven...
New All Industry Rates of Drawback notified
17 November, 2015
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has notified new All Industry Rates (AIR) of Duty Drawback which are effective from 23-11-2015, i.e. will be applicable on exports made from 23rd of November 2015. Further, Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax Drawback Rules, 1995 have been amended by Notification dated 16-11-2015 to...
GST in India – Reports on business processes released
3 November, 2015
The Joint Committees on Business Processes for Goods & Services Tax (GST), set up by the Ministry of Finance, have given their reports providing a broad outline of the processes to be followed in respect of registration, payments, refunds and in case of filing of returns under the proposed GST regime by the assessees.
Provisional release by Customs – Jurisdiction for appeal
21 October 2015
Delhi High Court has held that appeal against provisional release of goods can be filed before Commissioner (Appeals). The Court in a recent judgement (Gurdeep Kaur v. Commissioner) noted that the order in relation to provisional release falls within the description of “order or decision” as provided in Section 128 of...
Windmill doors are part of wind operated electricity generators
27 August, 2015
The Supreme Court of India has held that windmill doors and electrical boxes are components and/or parts of wind operated electricity generators (WOEG). Benefit of duty exemption under Notification No. 6/2002-C.E. (List 5, Item No. 13), listing “Wind operated electricity generators, their components and parts thereof”, was held as available to th...
No Service Tax on indivisible works contracts prior to 1-6-2007 – SC
25 August, 2015
The Supreme Court of India has held that indivisible works contracts were not liable to Service tax prior to 1-6-2007 under various entries of the Finance Act, 1994. The Court rejected the contentions of the Revenue Department that the 46th Constitutional Amendment had itself divided works contracts by Article 366(29A)(b), and that the amendment of the Servi...