5% GST on Bulk drugs also if specified in List 1 of Schedule 1: ANDHRA PRADESH AAR

By | June 8, 2018
(Last Updated On: June 8, 2018)


Laurus Labs Ltd., In re



MARCH  28, 2018


1. M/s LAURUS LABS LIMITED, Plot No.21, JN Pharma CHy, Parawacia Village and Mandal, Visakhapatnam District-531021, Andhra Pradesh, India(hereinafter also referred as applicant), having GSTIN: 37AABCL1170C1Z0 are engaged in manufacturing of pharmaceutical products (i.e. Bulk drugs and Intermediates).

2. The applicant have filed an application in Form ARA-01, dated 10.01.2018 and received by this authority on 11.01.2018, for seeking advance ruling on determination of rate of tax of the products those are manufactured by them, ie., EFAVIRENZ, EMTRICITABINE, SUNTINIB MALATE, RALTEGRAVIR POTASIUM, LATANOPROST. The question on which Advance Ruling is sought by the applicant is as follows:

Whether the applicant is eligible to claim the benefit of lower rate of GST i.e., 5% under SI. No. 180 of Schedule-I of the rate schedule under Notification No. 01/2017- Central Tax(Rate) dated 28.06.2017 read with the corrigendum dated 30.06.2017 on supply of I EFAVIRENZ, EMTRICITABINE, SUNTINIB MALATE, RALTEGRAVIR POTASIUM, LATANOPROST, which also falls under SI. No. 40 of Schedule III.

Copy of the said application was forwarded to the Jurisdictional Tax Officer. However, no comments/reply were offered.

3. A personal hearing was fixed on 19.02.2018, wherein Sri. LV.VN Satya Sai, O/o Lakshmi kumaran & Sridharan (Advocates), and authorized representative of the applicant attended. In their submissions the authorized representative requested for ruling on applicability of rate of tax on supply of


In support of his contention he relied on the notification no. 01/2017( CGST-Rate), dated 28th June 2017, and also various judicial pronouncings. Further the representative argued that, when a product is falling under two entries, the assesse is entitled to avail the benefit of that entry which is beneficial to him, and submitted the words used in the entry in S.No. 180 of Schedule I i.e ‘ Drugs or medicines’ , the word ‘drug’ is not qualified by any other word such as ‘bulk’ , and contended in such cases, it can be said that all forms of drugs, whether in the form of ‘bulk drugs’ or formulations, would fall under the said entry, and requested ruling accordingly. ”

4.1 We have gone through the application filed by the applicant, written submissions given at the time of personal hearing and the oral submissions. The two entries relevant for the impugned goods are reproduced here under for the sake of clarity:

Schedule I – 5%

Sl. No.Chapter Heading/Sub-heading/Tariff itemDescription of Goods
180.30 or any chapterDrugs or medicines including their salts and esters and diagnostic test kits, specified in List 1 appended to this schedule

List-1 appended to Schedule I under Notification No. 1/2017-CTR is as follows:

“List 1 (See Sl.No. 180 of the Schedule I)

(72) Efavirenz

(73) Emtricitabine

(99) Suntinib Malate

(116) Raltegravir Potassium

(26) Latanoprost”

Schedule III – 18%

Sl. No.Chapter Heading/Sub-heading/Tariff itemDescription of Goods
4029All organic chemicals other than giberellic acid.

4.2. As seen from above, the products manufactured by the applicant, even though are bulk drug gets squarely covered under List 1 of SI. No. 180 of the Schedule -I to the Notification No. 01/2017 Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017. Further as it is settled law that, the specific entry overrides the general entry, the commodities dealt by the applicant are covered by specific entries, the rate of tax applicable, is the rate specified against specific entry only.

Accordingly we pass the following ruling:


5. The applicant is eligible to claim the benefit of lower rate of GST i.e., 5% under SI. No. 180 of Schedule-I of the rate schedule under Notification No. 01/2017-Central Tax(Rate) dated 28.06.2017 read with the corrigendum dated 30.06.2017 on supply of 


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