GST rate and classification on supply of wood logs for pulping

Applicability of GST on supply of wood logs for pulping:

CBIC has issued Circular No. 80/54 /2018-GST clarifying GST rates & classification of woods log for pulping as under:

Representation has been received seeking clarification on applicability of GST rate on wood log for pulping. Wood in the rough (whether or not stripped of bark or sapwood, or roughly squared) is classified under heading 4403 and attracts 18% GST

As per HSN, heading 4403 also covers.

 “timber for sawing; poles for telephone, telegraph or electrical power transmission lines; unpointed and unsplit piles, pickets, stakes, poles and props; round pit-props; logs, whether or not quarter-split, for pulping; round logs for the manufacture of veneer sheets, etc.; logs for the manufacture of match sticks, wood ware, etc.”.

Thus, it is clarified that wood logs or any kind of wood in the rough/timber, including the wood in rough/log/timber used for pulping falls under heading 4403 and attract GST at the rate of 18%

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