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No Service Tax on transportation of goods under transshipment model delivery of which take place outside India

February 17, 2017
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SERVICE TAX ON SERVICES BY WAY OF TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS - APPLICABILITY OF SERVICE TAX ON SERVICES BY WAY OF TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS BY A VESSEL FROM A PLACE OUTSIDE INDIA TO CUSTOMS STATION IN INDIA WITH REFERENCE TO GOODS INTENDED FOR TRANSSHIPMENT TO ANY COUNTRY OUTSIDE INDIA

CIRCULAR NO.204/2/2017-ST [F.NO.354/42/2016-TRU], DATED 16-2-2017

Representations seeking clarification on levy of service tax on the services by way of transportation of goods by a vessel from a place outside India to the customs station in India with respect to goods intended for transshipment to any country outside India.

2. In this regard, it is mentioned that the goods landing at Indian ports which are destined for any other country are allowed to be transshipped through Indian territory without payment of Customs duty in India. This is subject to the condition that such goods imported into a customs station are mentioned in the import manifest or the import report, as the case may be, as for transhipment to any place outside India. [Section 54(2) of the Customs Act, 1962]. Further, Goods Imported (Conditions of Transhipment) Regulations, 1995 have been prescribed for the procedure to be followed for transhipment of such goods.

3. It is pertinent to mention that as per the charging Section 66B of the Finance Act, 1994, service tax is leviable on services provided or agreed to be provided in the taxable territory. Whether a service is provided or agreed to be provided in the taxable territory or not, is determined as per Section 66C of the Finance Act, 1994 and the Place of Provision of Services Rules, 2012 made thereunder. In terms of the applicable rule 10 of the Place of Provision of Services Rules, 2012, the place of provision of services of transportation of goods by air/sea, other than by mail or courier, is the destination of the goods.

4. Thus, with respect to goods imported into a customs station in India intended for transhipment to any country outside India, the destination of goods is not a place in taxable territory in India but a country other than India if the same is mentioned in the import manifest or the import report as the case may be and the goods are transhipped in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 and rules made there under. Hence, with respect to such goods, services by way of transportation of goods by a vessel from a place outside India to the customs station in India are not taxable in India as the destination of such goods is a country other than India.

5. All concerned are requested to acknowledge the receipt of this circular.

6. Trade Notice/Public Notice to be issued. Difficulty if any, in the implementation of the circular should be brought to the notice of the Board.

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