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Levy of GST—Job work—The question before authority produced by applicant is that—
Whether beer bearing brand/s owned by M/s United Breweries Limited (Brand Owner/UBL) manufactured by Contract Brewing Units (CBUs) out of the raw materials, packaging materials and other input materials procured by it and accounted by it and thereafter selling such beer to various parties under its invoicing would be considered as supply of services and whether GST is payable by the CBUs on the profit earned out of such manufacturing activity?
Whether GST is payable by the Brand owner on the “Surplus Profit” transferred by the CBU to the Brand Owner out of such manufacturing activity?
Held that— in the realm of undertaking any manufacturing activity under an agreement, the manufacturer would supply service to the other registered person only in the event of the said registered person supplying goods to the manufacturer to work upon them. In other words the manufacturer would not be purchasing and accounting the goods in their account books.
Notification 11/2017 Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017, at serial number 26, also requires that Heading 9988 is applicable when the physical inputs are owned by person other than the manufacturer. Further Heading 9989 also provides for classification of other manufacturing services apart from those under Heading 9988. There are four groups of services under heading 9989, ranging from group 99891 to 99894. The manufacturing activity undertaken by the CBUs does not appear in any of the services listed in the aforesaid groups from 99891 to 99894 - Therefore it is evident that the manufacturing activity carried out by the CBUs does not fall under the Heading 9989.
The agreement between the applicant and the CBUs indicate that the CBUs shall engage in purchase and handling of the raw materials. It is agreed upon between the applicant and the CBUs that the purchase and quality of the raw material shall be supervised by the applicant. Nevertheless the purchase is made and accounted in their books by the applicant. The ownership of the raw material required to manufacture beer rests with the manufacturer and not with the applicant. Therefore the applicant had not supplied any goods used in the manufacturing activity undertaken by the CBUs. Consequently the manufacturing activity undertaken by the CBUs does not qualify classification under Heading 9988 - The CBUs are not engaged in supply of service to the applicant and therefore there does not arise any liability to pay GST on the amount retained by the CBUs as their profit.
Since it is beyond doubt that the applicant is engaged in supply of service and the service does not find mention at any other entry in the Classification table it has to be placed in the residual entry. The applicable rate of Central Tax is as at serial number 35 of the Notification.
Therefore, we answer the second question in the affirmative that the applicant is engaged in supply of service classified under Service Code (Tariff) 999799 and liable to pay GST at 18% (CGST-9%, SGST-9%) on the amount received from the CBUs.
The CBUs are not engaged in supply of service to the applicant and therefore there does not arise any liability to pay GST on the amount retained by the CBUs as their profit.
Yes, GST is payable by the Brand owner (UBL) on ‘Surplus Profit” transferred by the CBU to brand owner out of the manufacturing activity and the supply of service to the CBUs is classified under Service Code (Tariff) 999799 and liable to pay GST at 18% ( CGST-9%, SGST-9%) on the amount received from the CBUs.[AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCE RULINGS, KARNATAKA]