AEPC demands refund of IGST on apparel machinery import

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 07-09-2017        Tweet

The working capital requirement of exporters have gone up drastically due to IGST, Rajani said

NEW DELHI: Exporters’ body Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has asked the Ministry of Finance for the refund of Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) paid on the import of machinery used by apparel manufacturer exporters.

AEPC, in a letter written to Ministry of Finance, has stated that after the implementation of GST from July 1, 2017, apparel exporters are required to pay IGST up to 18% on assessable value plus basic customs duty (BCD) while clearing shipments of capital goods under the Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) scheme.

“The incidence of a very high IGST without any corresponding relaxation for export obligation has rendered the EPCG scheme unattractive,” AEPC said in a statement.

In the letter written to GK Pillai, Chairman of the Drawback Committee, AEPC Chairman Ashok G Rajani has highlighted the anomalous situation which has emerged after the implementation of GST.

The only way for apparel exporters to claim IGST refund is through input tax credit but apparel exporters who import capital goods normally export 100% of their products and doesn’t sell their products in the domestic market. Hence, issue of utilisation of input tax credit doesn’t arise for these exporters, the letter stated.

On the contrary, domestic players who are importing capital goods are better placed as they have various opportunities to utilise input tax credit, it added.

“The working capital requirement of the exporters have gone up drastically due to the high rate of IGST which has not only added to the cost of production but have created a glaring anomaly by making domestic operations attractive compared to exports. Therefore, we have requested the ministry to resolve the matter by taking up the matter with GST council to allow refund of IGST to exporters,” he said.

AEPC has informed the Ministry that refund mechanism of input tax credit on account of IGST has become a matter of serious concern as there is no clarity on the refund process and therefore for creating a positive eco system of investment, expansion, employment and export, it is important that Government intervenes in this matter and provide assistance to the exporters.