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The tax rate leviable on supply of " Lyophilizers" falling under the tariff heading 8419 of the GST Tariff is 9% CGST + 9% SGST.

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Classification of Goods — Rate of GST—applicant requested for advance ruling on the Lyophilizers- Machinery for the plant which is being cleared under chapter heading 8419— This machinery is used in Drug & Pharmaceutical Industry for manufacture of vaccines which are life saving drugs. applicant is in strong belief that Lyophilizers i.e. Machinery for Plant manufactured by the applicant fall under Entry No.320 of schedule III by following the amendment carried over to it by Notification No.41/2017- Central Tax(rate) dated 14.11.2017.
Held that— The process of Lyophilization, is defined as a freeze-drying process that removes water from a product after it is frozen and placed under a vacuum. It is a low temperature dehydration process which involves freezing the product, lowering pressure, then removing the ice by sublimation. Freeze drying results in a high quality product because of the low temperature used in processing - the application of the process of lyophilization is found not only in pharmaceutical industry, but also in various other industries - On examination of the process of Lyophilization, it is found that the goods “ Lyophilizers” are classifiable under Tariff heading 84198990 as per the Section notes to Section XVI and Chapter notes to Chapter 84 of the Customs tariff. As the rules for interpretation of Customs Tariff Act, 1975 was made applicable to GST Tariff, the goods  “Lyophilizers” are classifiable under heading 8419 of the GST Tariff.
As per S.No.320 to Schedule - III of the Notification No. 41/2017 dated 14.11.2017, ”Machinery, plant or laboratory equipment, whether or not electrically heated (excluding furnaces, ovens and other equipment of heading 8514), for the treatment of materials by a process involving a change of temperature such as heating, cooking, roasting, distilling, rectifying, sterilizing, pasteurizing, steaming, drying, evaporating, vaporizing, condensing or cooling, other than machinery or plant of a kind used for domestic purposes; instantaneous or storage water heaters, non-electric [other than Solar water heater and system]” falling under heading 8419 of the GST Tariff have been brought under Schedule-III of the Notification, notifying the rate of central tax as 9% as per G.O.Ms No. 250, Revenue (CT-II) Department, Dt. 21-11-2017. As the goods Lyophilizers are classifiable under the heading 8419 of the GST Tariff, the rate of central tax applicable is 9% only.
Ruling— The tax rate leviable on supply of “ Lyophilizers” falling under the tariff heading 8419 of the GST Tariff is 9% CGST + 9% SGST. [2018] 2 TAXLOK.COM 72 (AAR-Telangana)