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IGST is payable on goods sold to customer located outside India, where goods are shipped directly from the vendor's premises (located outside India) to the customer's premises

Levy of GST The applicant has in their application raised the following issues for determination before the Authority:-

i) Whether GST is payable on goods procured from vendor located outside India in a context where the goods so purchased are not brought into India?

ii) Whether GST is payable on goods sold to customer located outside India, where goods are shipped directly from the vendor's premises (located outside India) to the customer's premises?

Held that—
the supplier is located in India and the place of supply is outside India and as such the same would be Inter-state supply in terms of the provisions of Sec. 7(5) of IGST Act, 2017. Thus, it is very clear that the transaction undertaken by the applicant tantamount to supply and is an Interstate supply. Having travelled thus far, it is obvious that IGST will be leviable unless the goods are exempted or are zero-rated supplies which have been defined as export of goods or services in terms of the provisions of Sec. 16 of the IGST Act, 2017. In the instant case the applicant has not stated the nature of goods and has not declared that such goods are exempted under any notification issued under the powers of Sec. 11 of the CGST Act, 2017 and the corresponding State Act or Section 6 of the IGST Act. Thus, the only possibility of goods not subject to levy of IGST would be the circumstances where the goods are exported.

When the goods are not available in the Indian territory, the question of taking goods out of India does not arise. Thus, the subject transaction does not qualify as export of goods.

it appears that the transaction is covered under the ambit of Inter-state supply and is neither exempted nor covered under export of services. Thus, the theory of elimination takes us to the conclusion that such supplies will be subject to levy of IGST.—Sterlite Technologies Ltd., In Re… [2020] 22 TAXLOK.COM 124 (AAR-Gujarat)