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Indowud Natural Fibre Composite Board classified under HSN 441193 and attracts 12% GST.

Classification of Goods The applicant has sought Advance Ruling on the following question:

Whether the Rice Husk Board manufactured by the applicant comprising of Natural Fibre (Rice Husk Powder); Calcium carbonate, recycling waste and other processing aid as well as PVC resin, wherein PVC acts only as a bonding agent would remain classified as wood and Articles of Wood under Chapter 44 and attract 12% rate of GST.

it is seen that Fibreboard manufactured by bonding fibres extracted from wood chips or other lingo-cellulose material. They are bonded together by adding thermosetting resins and find application such as furniture, interior decoration and in building are classified under this heading. The product in hand is a ‘Natural Fibre Composite Board’ with density of ranging from 0.65 - 0.8g/Cm3(as given in the brochure) and finds application in furniture, interior decoration, building, etc. In this case as per the manufacturing process, fibres are extracted from the rice husk and then mixed with lime powder (calcium carbonate), processing additives such as lubricants, foaming agents, foam regulators, heat stabilizers, etc. PVC resin is used as a binding agent. Hence, the product is a Fibreboard and is more aptly classifiable under CTH 441193 as ‘Others’ as it is not a Medium Density Fibreboard. Further classification will depend on the individual properties of the product.

Having decided that the NFC Board manufactured by the applicant with main content as Rice husk, will more appropriately be classified under CTH 441193, the applicable rate of GST is taken up for consideration. The rate of CGST is notified vide Notification 01/2017- (CT Rate) dated 28.06.2017 as amended in respect of goods and that of SGST is notified vide Notification No. vide G.O. (Ms) No. 62 dated 29.06.2017 as amended. As per Sl.No 92 of Schedule II of the Notifications, specifies the following goods falling under Chapter 44 or any other Chapter are subject to 6% CGST. — Papaka Herbs & Spices Private Ltd., In Re… [2019] 19 TAXLOK.COM 103 (AAR-Tamil Nadu)