Fruit juices or juice based drinks attract same rate of duty @ 6%

By | December 8, 2015
(Last Updated On: December 8, 2015)

B.7 – Kolkata Zone – Classification – Description of Goods under Tariff Item No 22029020 being “Fruit-Pulp or Fruit Juice Based Drinks”


The sponsoring zone pointed out that tariff item 22029020 provides description of goods as “fruit-Pulp or fruit Juice based drinks” but this description of goods seems incomplete as no percentage of fruit juice is mentioned. The rate of duty under this tariff item is lower than most of other tariff items of this chapter. This may lead to some assessees taking advantage and classifying goods of other headings into this heading. It is suggested that a percentage of fruit juice be mentioned against the CETH concerned.

Discussion & Decision

The conference noted that fruit juices [CETH 2009] and fruit pulp or fruit juice based drinks [ CETH 22029020] have same tariff rate of duty @ 6%. Thus all fruit juices and fruit pulp or juice based drinks attract same rate of duty. Tariff heading no 22029090 on the other hand was a residuary heading and would apply only when the goods under consideration do not find coverage under other tariff heads. Conference further noted that in the absence of specific product under reference with details of constituents and manufacturing process, it would not be possible to come to any firm conclusion. Therefore, conference did not recommend any amendment in the tariff.

Source : Annexure B of  Minutes of Central Excise Tariff Conference held in Chandigarh on 28th and 29th October, 2015

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