Customs Circular No- 31/2011 dated 26.07.2011
Classification of Palm Stearin -Reg.
Attention is invited to Board Circular No. 81/2002-Customs dated 03.12 2002,
which clarifies that "Crude Palm Stearin" should be assessed keeping in view the
chemical examination of the product whether they are glycerides (ester) of fatty
acid or a mixture of fatty acids. Accordingly, the good merits classification or
assessment either under CTH 1511(in case of glycerides of fatty acids) or CTH
3823 (in case of a mixture of fatty acids), as the case may be.
2. Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in Civil Appeal No. 6979-6982 of 2009 in case
of C.C.E.C. & S.T., Visakhapatnam Vs. JOCIL India, vide Order dated 15.12.2010
has held that 'Palm Stearin' is specifically mentioned under CTH 3823 11 and is
further differentiated as "Crude", "RBD" in sub-heading 3823 11 11 and 3823 11
12 respectively. The Explanatory Notes are categorical in affirming the accepted
practice that Rule 3(b) of 'General Rules for the Interpretation' shall be used
only if classification under Rule 3(a) fails. The Hon'ble Court has opined that
the issue of the essential character of the subject matter in question may be
resorted to only if identification under Rule 3(a) is impossible.
3. Accordingly, it is clarified that the goods declared as "Crude Palm Stearin"
shall be assessed under CTH 3823 11 11 of Customs Tariff Act, 1975. All pending
cases should be finalized accordingly.
4. The Board Circular No. 81/2002-Customs dated 03.12.2002 stands withdrawn.
5. Difficulty, if any, faced in implementation may be brought to the notice of