GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
1065/4/2018-CX, Dated: June 8, 2018
The Principal Chief Commissioners / Chief Commissioners / Principal Commissioners / Commissioners of Central Tax and Central Excise (All)
Subject :- 'Place of Removal' under Section 4 of the Central Excise Act, 1944, the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 and the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2017 - reg.
Attention is invited to Boards circular no. 97/8/2007-CX dated 23.08.2007, 988/12/2014-CX dated 20.10.2014 and 999/6/2015-CX dated 28.02.2015. Attention is also invited to the judgment of Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case of CCE vs M/s Roofit Industries Ltd 2015 (319) ELT 221(SC) = 2015-TIOL-87-SC-CX, CCE vs Ispat Industries Ltd 2015 (324) ELT 670 (SC) = 2015-TIOL-238-SC-CX, CCE, Mumbai-III vs Emco Ltd 2015 (322) ELT 394 (SC) = 2015-TIOL-163-SC-CX and CCE & ST vs. Ultra Tech Cement Ltd dated 1.2.2018 in Civil Appeal No. 11261 of 2016 = 2018-TIOL-42-SC-CX. In this regard, references have been received from field formations seeking clarification on implementation of aforesaid circulars of the Board in view of judgments of Hon'ble Supreme Court.
2. In order to bring clarity on the issue it has been decided that Circular no. 988/12/2014-CX dated 20.10.2014 shall stand rescinded from the date of issue of this circular. Further, clause (c) of para 8.1 and para 8.2 of the circular no. 97/8/2007-CX dated 23.08.2007 are also omitted from the date of issue of this circular.
3. General Principle: As regards determination of 'place of removal', in general the principle laid by Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case of CCE vs Ispat Industries Ltd 2015 (324) ELT 670 (SC) = 2015-TIOL-238-SC-CX may be applied. Apex Court, in this case has upheld the principle laid down in M/s Escorts JCB (Supra) to the extent that 'place of removal' is required to be determined with reference to 'point of sale' with the condition that place of removal (premises) is to be referred with reference to the premises of the manufacturer. The observation of Honb'le Court in para 16 in this regard is significant as reproduced below
5. CENVAT Credit on GTA Services etc: The other issue decided by Hon'ble Supreme Court in relation to place of removal is in case of CCE &ST vs. Ultra Tech Cement Ltd dated 1.2.2018 in Civil Appeal No. 11261 of 2016 = 2018-TIOL-42-SC-CX on the issue of CENVAT Credit on Goods Transport Agency Service availed for transport of goods from the 'place of removal' to the buyer's premises. The Apex Court has allowed the appeal filed by the Revenue and held that CENVAT Credit on Goods Transport Agency service availed for transport of goods from the place of removal to buyer's premises was not admissible for the relevant period. The Apex Court has observed that after amendment of in the definition of 'input service' under Rule 2(l) of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004, effective from 01.03.2008, the service is treated as input service only 'up to the place of removal'.
6. Facts to be verified: This circular only bring to the notice of the field the various judgments of Hon'ble Supreme Court which may be referred for further guidance in individual cases based on facts and circumstances of each of the case. Past cases should accordingly be decided.
7. No extended period: Any new show cause notice issued on the basis of this circular should not invoke extended period of limitation in cases where an alternate interpretation was taken by the assessee before the date of the Supreme Court judgment as the issue is in the nature of interpretation of law. 8. Hindi version of the circular will follow.