Ready to cook popcorn premix would be classifiable under heading no. 20081990, taxable at 12%

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Ready to cook popcorn premix would be classifiable under heading no. 20081990, taxable at 12%

Authority for Advance Rulings, Maharashtra Shah Nanji Nagsi Exports (P.) Ltd., In re – [2021] 124 taxmann.com 228 (AAR – MAHARASHTRA)
Short Overview :
The applicant was engaged into import of maize of popcorn variety (Popcorn maize) in bulk.
 After import, this popcorn maize would be fumigated and cleaned prior to packing. This processed clean popcorn maize, along with edible oil and salt would be mixed together and packed in a pouch and sold to restaurant owners and small popcorn vendors.
 It filed an application for advance ruling to determine correct HSN code and rate of GST applicable on “Ready to cook popcorn premix i.e. Popcorn Maize with edible oil and salt”, sold in retail pack size ranging from 30 grams to 350 grams.
The Authority for Advance Ruling observed that product imported by the applicant was not sold in the same form as it was imported.
The applicant was importing maize under Chapter Heading 1005 90 00 but it would fumigate and clean the same and mix it along with edible oil and salt and then pack oil and salt and pack the said mix in pouches of fixed weight.
Thus, the product imported by the applicant in the subject case was nothing but ready to use Popcorn mixed with salt and oil and would need only to be Microwaved/heated, etc for direct consumption.
Therefore, it was held that product would be covered under Chapter 2008 19 90 of the GST Tariff and attracts GST at the rate of 12%.

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