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GST leviable on Supply of Goods at Domestic Airport to transit passengers.

Shanti Prime Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Levy of GST — Petitioner seeks issuance of Writ directing the respondent UOI to exempt the petitioner from charging applicable taxes under the GST legislations on sale of cosmetic products, perfumes etc. to the International passengers and claim refund of any input tax paid on input supplies and input services from the retail shop which the petitioner intends to set up at the Domestic Security hold area of the Nagpur Airport.
It is the cases of the Petitioner that lot of international passengers take their flights from the Nagpur Airport to travel outside India through a transit International Airport – and the same should be considered export of goods and the treatment applicable to duty free shop should be made applicable to the Petitioner as well.
Held that— The High Court held that the precedents cited are clearly applicable only in respect of supplies to or from the duty free shops situated after the passenger crosses the immigration counter beyond the Customs frontiers, at arrival or departure hall of International Airport terminals, where the transaction would be said to have taken place outside India - same would be a "non-taxable" supply u/s 2(78) of the Act and such duty free shops located at the International Airports would be in "non-taxable" territory as defined in s.2(79) of the Act.
The aforesaid judgments would squarely apply for the sale/purchase/supplies of goods or services to or from duty free shops situated after the passenger crosses the immigration counter at arrival or departure hall of International Airports but would have no application to shops located at a domestic Airport or Domestic Security hold area, which are before even the immigration clearance by a passenger, where the transaction cannot be said to have taken place in any area beyond the customs frontiers of India or outside India.
Even otherwise, a passenger travelling on a domestic flight from Nagpur may or may not travel abroad and the Customs Authorities would not be able to have effective check and control to verify whether the goods purchased from Domestic Airport at Nagpur are actually taken abroad by the passenger.No merit in the petition.  No case made out even on prima facie basis to issue any directions or any notice in that regard. — A1 Cuisines Private Limited Vs. Union of India, And State of Maharashtra [2018] 6 TAXLOK.COM 069 (Bombay)