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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...

PDI and free after sales services charges when not includible in transaction value of vehicles

1 January, 2016

Pre-delivery inspection charges (PDI) and free after sales service charges, which are not charged by the manufacturers of vehicles from the dealers, are not to be included in the transaction value of the vehicles, on which the manufacturer has to pay Central Excise duty.
The Supreme Court has by its Judgement dated 15-12-2015, hence overruled ...

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...

No anti-dumping duty after expiry of provisional duty and before imposition of final ADD

13 October, 2015
The Supreme Court of India has held that Anti-dumping duty is not imposable on imports made during the period after the expiry of the provisional anti-dumping duty and before imposition of the final/definitive anti-dumping duty.
The Apex Court held that incorporation of provisional duty in the final duty, in the manner ...

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...

Australia proposes new green-gold standard for COOL

11 August 2015

USA went through a long drawn battle to protect its COOL (Country Of Origin Labelling) measures which were held to be protectionist and discriminatory. It seems to have inspired rather than deterred Australia from introducing its own labelling requirements. The proposed reforms to the existing rules include two aspects – whether the food was grown or made in ...

Indian Parliamentary Committee on GST

29 July, 2015
The Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha presented its report recently on the Constitution (122nd) Amendment Bill, 2014. The bill is the first step to bring Goods and Services Tax (GST) across India. The amendments are aimed at empowering the Federal / Union Government to levy tax on goods beyond manufacturing stage and the Regional / State Governmen...

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