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TRANSPORT OF GOODS THROUGH PIPELINE SERVICES

 

TRANSPORT OF GOODS THROUGH PIPELINE SERVICES

Service tax has been imposed on transport of goods through pipeline or other conduit services rendered to any person by any other person engaged in provision of such services by the Finance Act, 2005 with effect from 16th June, 2005. The gross amount charged to or total consideration received from any person in relation to transport of goods through pipeline services shall be chargeable to service tax.

Meaning of Transport of Goods through Pipeline or Other Conduit

The statutory provision of service tax does not define what is meant by transport of goods through pipeline or conduit.

With the levy of service tax on goods being transported through a pipeline or conduit, now only goods transportation by train is out of service tax net. Transportation of goods by air and by road are already covered. Transportation of goods through pipeline or conduit should meet the following tests:

(a) transportation of goods should take place.

(b) such transportation should be through a pipeline or other conduit.

(c) service must be provided by any person to another person.

Taxable Service

Section 65(105)(zzz) defines taxable service as under —

"any service provided or to be provided to any person, by any other person in relation to transport of goods other than water, through pipeline or other conduit".

To be covered under a taxable service, following conditions must be satisfied—

(a) transportation of goods should take place.

(b) goods transported should be through any pipeline or other conduit.

(c) transportation of water is excluded.

(d) transportation of goods should be on behalf of other person.

(e) service rendered should be for a consideration and not a free service.

It appears that what could be transported through pipeline or conduit are generally gases or liquids. Since water has been specifically excluded, all types of gases and fuels, other chemicals and liquids etc. shall be covered. Though milk is specifically exempt under road transportation, no specific exemption of milk exists in case of transportation through pipeline or conduit. Examples of goods may include petrol, diesel, other liquid fuel, Piped Natural Gas (PNG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) etc. It may be noted that service tax is not on goods sold through pipeline (like cooking gas) but is on transportation done or undertaken through a pipeline, on behalf of other person for a consideration. Pipelines or conduits are generally laid on or under the surface. Service provider could be any person including an individual.

The taxable service would not include transportation of water in tankers as water has been specifically excluded from its scope. However, if water is transported and freight is paid to goods transport agency say, in case of industrial water or otherwise, service tax shall be payable on such freight.

In Oil India Ltd v. CCE, Dibrugarh 2008 -TMI - 30942 - (CESTAT KOLKATA), where transportation of crude oil was done through pipeline and taxable service under (zzz) clause was brought into force w.e.f. 16.6.2005, taxation under any other category (clearing & forwarding service) or (business auxiliary service) prior to 16.6.2005 was held to be inconceivable.

Departmental Clarification

Circular No. B1/6/2005-TRU dated 27.7.2005 clarifies as under –

"Transport of goods through pipeline or other conduit [see sub-clause (zzz) of section 65(105) of the Finance Act, 1994]

Transportation of goods, other than water, through pipeline or conduit is generally employed to transport petroleum and other petroleum products, natural gas, LPG, chemicals, coal slurry and other similar products. Such transport services are liable to service tax under sub-clause (zzz) of section 65(105) of the Finance Act, 1994. Consideration for the said transportation service provided may be payable periodically or from time to time. The service provider is required to pay service tax as and when payment is received for the services provided or to be provided."

Person Liable

Any person (including individuals) providing transportation services by pipeline or conduit to any other person shall be liable to pay service tax and shall be treated as an assessee for service tax purposes.

By: Dr. Sanjiv Agarwal
Dated: - January 11, 2012

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