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The Applicant, engaged in the business of manufacturing seat components and accessories, had preferred an application before the Tamil Nadu AAR to ascertain the correct tariff classification of Track Assembly of Automotive Seating System. The said product is fitted on the floor of the car, which enables forward and backward movement of the seat. When seats are fixed on this TRACK ASSY it can slide back and forth with the operation of a lever for varying the positions of the seats.
The Applicant had been classifying the Track Assy. Under CTH 8708. However, as various manufacturers insisted the classification of the said product to be under CTH 9401, the Applicant had preferred the Advance Ruling. It was observed by the AAR that CTH 8708 covers parts and accessories of Motor Vehicles. It was further observed that in order to be classified as a part and accessory, the said item:
The AAR observed that vehicle seats, being specifically mentioned in CTH 9401 is excluded from the purview of CTH 8708. It was however observed that CTH 9401 covers parts of seats of motor vehicles. ‘Parts’ are an amount or section which when combined with others makes up the whole of something. Hence part is an essential component of the whole without which the whole cannot be complete or cannot function. Accessories on the other hand, are not an essential component without which the whole cannot be complete or function, but it is a component which when added improves the utility, efficiency or appearance of the whole thing.
It was observed that the seat is manufactured and complete before fixing it on the said assembly. The seat is fixed on the track assembly only to facilitate the movement of seat forward and backward. Thus, it is the seat and track assembly are two individual, independent products, manufactured separately and fixed together to make the seat movable.
The AAR further observed that as seats are complete even without the said track assembly, the said assembly cannot be termed as 'Parts of seat'. Accordingly, the same would not merit classification under CTH 9401. In view of the above, it was observed that that the Track assembly is an accessory to the Motor vehicle and is covered under CTH 8708. The AAR also noted that the Track Fittings fulfill the above-mentioned conditions to merit classification under CTH 8708. In light of the above submissions, the Tamil Nadu AAR ruled that the Track Fittings manufactured by the Applicant are classifiable under CTH 8708 chargeable to 28% GST.
Daebu Automotive Seat India Private Limited [Order No. 17/AAR/2021 dated 07.05.2021]
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