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The service of transportation of goods in barrages from mother vessel to daughter vessel from Magdalla Port, Surat to its General Lighterage Area of Magdalla Port is neither covered in the definition of ‘national waterways’, nor covered in the definition of ‘other waterway on any inland water’, Consequently, the same does not qualify for exemption

Levy of GST— the applicant is seeking an advance ruling in respect of the following questions:
a. Whether the service of transportation of goods from Magdalla Port, Surat to its General Lighterage Area of Magdalla Port (From where the Mother Vessel are anchored) or vice versa, is covered under exemption contained at Sr. No. 18 of Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate)?
b. Whether the service of above transportation falls in the definition of ‘Inland waterways’?

Held that— we conclude that the service of transportation of goods in barrages from mother vessel to daughter vessel from Magdalla Port, Surat to its General Lighterage Area of Magdalla Port is neither covered in the definition of ‘national waterways’, as defined in Clause (h) of section 2 of the Inland Water Ways Authority of India Act, 1985 nor covered in the definition of ‘other waterway on any inland water’, as defined under Clause (b) of Section 2 of the Inland Vessel Act, 1917. Consequently, the same does not qualify for exemption contained at Sr. No. 18 of the Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 28.06.2017.—Siddhi Marine Services LLP, In Re… [2020] 24 TAXLOK.COM 053 (AAR-Gujarat)