CBIC offers clarity on classification of cranes for GST, customs duty

Experts say this would reduce litigation in courts, as different classes of cranes attract different tax rates


The CBIC has clarified this through a circular because opinions differ on the classification of these goods, since their features are similar to those of both motor vehicles and load-handling heavy machines

Indivjal Dhasmana New Delhi
The Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC) has offered clarity on the classification of mobile machines such as all-terrain cranes and truck-mounted cranes into motor vehicles and cranes. Experts say this would reduce litigation in courts, as motor vehicles and cranes attract different customs duty rates.

Mobile cranes whose working machines are merely mounted on the chassis and are not mechanically integrated with it will be treated as motor vehicles, and will attract a higher rate of customs duty than those whose work machines are specifically designed for chassis. The latter category would be treated as cranes, CBIC

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First Published: Sep 23 2022 | 5:22 PM IST

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