Shanti Prime Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Levy of GST— the applicant, seeking an advance ruling in respect of the following question—
Whether GST is applicable on Sale and/or Purchase of DFIA licenses?
Held that— Duty credit scrips are issued under MEIS and SEIS scheme and can be used to pay various duties/ taxes to the Central Govt. It is issued to exporters of goods/services under FTP(Foreign trade Policy) and is freely transferable. Duty credit scrip’s can be used for payment of specified duties of the customs on the imported goods. Duty credit available can only be utilized to pay custom duty liabilities. DFIA license are also freely transferable as duty credit scrips are. Duty Credit scrips are value based whereas DFIA is predominantly quantity based. Both the Duty Credit scrips and DIFA Licences are freely transferable and can be used for payment of specified ‘duties of the customs on the imported goods.
Duty Credit Scrips and DFIAs are not one and the same or similar at all. They are different incentives given to exporters with different conditions and have been separately defined and explained in different Chapters of the FTP. Even though both are an incentive to exporters to promote and increase exports from the country, both the schemes are used in different circumstances and in different manner. When the FTP itself has segregated the two in different Chapters with different procedures, it would not be proper to consider the two schemes as one and the same - DFIA is distinguishable from ‘Duty Credit Scrips’ and cannot be considered as a Duty Credit Scrip as envisaged under the Serial No. 122A of Notification 1/2017 Central Tax (Rate) inserted vide Notification No.35/2017-Central Tax(Rate) dated even though it falls under CTH 4907.
Ruling— GST is applicable on Sale and / or Purchase of DFIA licenses.  3 TAXLOK.COM 014 (AAR-Maharashtra)