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CENTRAL EXCISE ACT, 1944

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 1 of 1944


  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 2A. Indicating Amount of Duty in the Price of Goods, Etc., for Purpose of Refund and Crediting Certain Amounts to the Fund
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 3A. Advance Rulings
  • Chapter 5. Settlement of Cases
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 6A. Appeals
  • Chapter 6B. Presumption as to Documents
  • Chapter 7
  • Schedules
  • Act nº 1 of 1944

Preamble

The Central Excise Act, 19441

[Act, No. 1 of 1944]

[24th February, 1944]

PREAMBLE

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to central duties of excise 2 [***]

WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to central duties of excise on goods manufactured or produced in 3 [ 4 [certain parts] of India] 5 [***];

It is hereby enacted as follows :

1. See Gazette of India, 1943, Pt. V, p. 243 for Statement of Objects and Reason sand see Gazette of India, 1944, Pt. V. p. 12 for Report of the Select Committee.

This Act has been applied to--

(1) all the partially excluded areas in the State of Orissa by Orissa Government Notification No. 1226-II-C-13/44-Com., dated 21st March, 1944;

(2) Darjelling District with effect from 28th Gebruary, 1944, see Bengal Government Notification No. 342-R, dated 22nd March, 1944;

(3) excluded areas in the State of Madras (with modifications), see Madras Government Notification No. 37, Fort St. George Gazette, Pt. I, p. 281, dated 11th April, 1944;

(4) partially excluded areas in the State of Madras with effect from 28th February, 1944, see Madras Government Notification No. 745-Public-Political, dated 4th March, 1944.

This Act has been extended to Goa, Daman and Diu by Reg. 12 of 1962, section 3 and Schedule; to Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Reg. 6 of 1963, section 2 and Schedule I and to the whole of the Union territory of Lakshadweep by Reg. 8 of 1965, section 3 and Schedule.

2. The words "and not salt" omitted by Act 33 of 1996, section 69 (w.e.f. 28-9-1996).

3. Substituted by the A.O. 1948, for "British India".

4. Substituted by the A.O. 1950, for "the Provinces".

5. The words "and not salt" omitted by Act 33 of 1996, section 70 (w.e.f. 28-9-1996).


Chapter 1

Section 1. Short title, extent and commencement

1[(1) This Act may be called the Central Excise Act, 1944.]

(2) It extends to the whole of India2[***].

(3) It shall come into force on such date3as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint in this behalf.

1. Substituted by Act 33 of 1996, section 71, for sub-section (1) (w.e.f. 28-9-1996).

2. The words "except the State of Jammu and Kashmir" omitted by Act 41 of 1954, section 2 and Schedule (w.e.f. 8-10-1954).

3. Came into force on 28th February, 1944, see Notification No. III-D, dated 26th February, 1944, Gazette of India, Extra., 1944, p. 293.


Section 2. Definitions

In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-

(a) "adjudicating authority" means any authority competent to pass any order or decision under this Act, but does not include the Central Board of Excise and Customs constituted under the Central Boards of Revenue Act, 1963 (54 of 1963), Commissioner of Central Excise (Appeals) or Appellate Tribunal;

(aa) "Appellate Tribunal" means the Customs, Excise and 1 [Service Tax] Appellate Tribunal constituted

under section 129 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962);

(aaa) "broker" or "commission agent" means a person who in the ordinary course of business makes contracts for the sale or purchase of excisable goods for others;

(b) "Central Excise Officer" means the Chief Commissioner of Central Excise, Commissioner of Central Excise, Commissioner of Central Excise (Appeals), Additional Commissioner of Central Excise, Joint Commissioner of Central Excise, Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise or Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise or any other officer of the Central Excise Department, or any person (including an officer of the State Government) invested by the Central Board of Excise and Customs constituted under the Central Boards of Revenue Act, 1963 (54 of 1963) with any of the powers of Central Excise Officer under this Act;

(c) "curing" includes wilting, drying, fermenting and any process for rendering an unmanufactured product fit for marketing or manufacture;

(d) "excisable goods" means goods specified in the First Schedule and the Second Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986), as being subject to a duty of excise and includes salt;

4[Explanation.-- For the purposes of this clause, goods includes any article, material or substance

which is capable of being bought and sold for a consideration and such goods shall be deemed to be marketable.]

(e) "factory" means any premises, including the precincts thereof, wherein or in any part of which, excisable goods other than salt are manufactured, or wherein or in any part of which any manufacturing process connected with the production of these goods is being carried on or is ordinarily carried on;

(ee) "Fund" means the Consumer Welfare Fund established under section 12C;

(f) "manufacture" includes any process,-

(i) incidental or ancillary to the completion of a manufactured pro-duct; and

(ii) which is specified in relation to any goods in the Section or Chapter notes of the First Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986) as amounting to manufacture ; or;

2[(iii) which, in relation to the goods specified in the Third Schedule, involves packing or repacking of such goods in a unit container or labelling or re-labelling of containers including the declaration or alteration of retail sale price on it or adoption of any other treatment on the goods to render the product marketable to the consumer,]

(g) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(h) "sale" and "purchase", with their grammatical variations and cognate expressions, mean any transfer of the possession of goods by one person to another in the ordinary course of trade or business for cash or deferred payment or other valuable consideration;

(i) & (j)

(k) "wholesale dealer" means a person who buys or sells excisable goods wholesale for the purpose of trade or manufacture, and includes a broker or commission agent who, in addition to making contracts for the sale or purchase of excisable goods for others, stocks such goods belonging to others as an agent for the purpose of sale.

3[(ff) "National Tax Tribunal" means the National Tax Tribunal established under section 3 of the National Tax Tribunal Act, 2005;]

1. Substituted for "Gold (Control)" by the Finance Act, 2003 w.e.f. 14.05.2003.

2.Substituted by the Finance Act, 2003 w.e.f. 14.05.2003. Prior to substitution it read as under:

"(iii) which is specified in relation to any goods by the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, as amounting to manufacture, and the word "manufacturer" shall be construed accordingly and shall include not only a person who employs hired labour in the production or manufacture of excisable goods, but also any person who engages in their production or manufacture on his own account;"

3. Inserted by by the National Tax Tribunal Act, 2005. Inserted by by the National Tax Tribunal Act, 2005.

4. Inserted by the Finance Act, 2008.


Section 2A. References of certain expressions

1[2A. References of certain expressions

In this Act, save as otherwise expressly provided and unless the context otherwise requires, references to the expressions "duty", "duties", "duty of excise" and "duties of excise" shall be construed to include a reference to "Central Value Added Tax (CENVAT)".

1. Inserted by Act 10 of 2000, section 91 (w.e.f. 12-5-2000).


Chapter 2

Section 3. Duties specified in the First Schedule and the Second Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 to be levied

(1) 1[There shall be levied and collected in such manner as may be prescribed,--

(a) 2[a duty of excise, to be called the Central Value Added Tax (CENVAT)] on all excisable goods 3[(excluding goods produced or manufactured in special economic zones)]4 which are produced or manufactured in India as, and at the rates, set forth in the First Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986);

(b) a special duty of excise, in addition to the duty of excise specified in clause (a) above, on excisable goods 3[(excluding goods produced or manufactured in special economic zones)]4 specified in the Second Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986) which are produced or manufactured in India, as, and at the rates, set forth in the said Second Schedule :]

5[Provided that the duties of excise which shall be levied and collected on any 6[excisable goods which are produced or manufactured,--

18[***]

(ii) by a hundred per cent export-oriented undertaking and 9[brought to any other place in India],

shall be an amount equal to the aggregate of the duties of customs which would be leviable 10[under the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) or any other law for the time being in force, on like goods produced or manufactured outside India if imported into India, and where the said duties of customs are chargeable by reference to their value; the value of such excisable goods shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any other provision of this Act, be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) and the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975).

11[Explanation 1:-- Where in respect of any such like goods, any duty of customs leviable for the time being in force is leviable at different rates, then, such duty shall, for the purposes of this proviso, be deemed to be leviable at the highest of those rates.]

12[Explanation 2 : In this proviso,--

19[***]

(ii) "hundred per cent export-oriented undertaking" means an undertaking which has been approved as a hundred per cent export-oriented undertaking by the Board appointed in this behalf by the Central Government in exercise of the powers conferred by section 14 of the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951 (65 of 1951) and the rules made under that Act;]]

20[(iii) "Special Economic Zone" has the meaning assigned to it in clause (za) of section 2 of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005(28 of 2005).]

15[(1A) The provisions of sub-section (1) shall apply in respect of all excisable goods other than salts which are produced or manufactured in India by, or on behalf of, Government, as they apply in respect of goods which are not produced or manufactured by Government.]

(2) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, fix, for the purpose of levying the said duties, tariff values of any articles enumerated, either specifically or under general headings, in 16[the First Schedule and the Second Schedule] to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986)] as chargeable with duty ad valorem and may alter any tariff values for the time being in force.

17[(3) Different tariff values may be fixed--

(a) for different classes or descriptions of the same excisable goods; or

(b) for excisable goods of the same class or description--

(i) produced or manufactured by different classes of producers or manufacturers; or

(ii) sold to different classes of buyers :

Provided that in fixing different tariff values in respect of excisable goods falling under sub-clause (i) or sub-clause (ii), regard shall be had to the sale prices charged by the different classes of producers or manufacturers or, as the case may be, the normal practice of the wholesale trade in such goods.]

1. Substituted by Act 27 of 1999, section 121, for certain words (w.e.f. 11-5-1999).

2. Substituted by Act 10 of 2000, section 92, for "a duty of excise" (w.e.f. 12-5-2000).

3. Inserted by Act 20 of 2000, section 133.

4. This shall be effective from such date appointed by the Central Government by Notification in the Official Gazette.

5. Inserted by Act 14 of 1982, section 46 (w.e.f. 11-5-1982).

6. Substituted by Act 21 of 1984, section 45, for certain words (w.e.f. 11-5-1984).

7. Substituted by Act 14 of 2001, section 120, for "free trade zone" (w.e.f. 11-5-2001).

8. The words "or a special economic zone" shall stand omitted with effect form such date as may be appointed by the Central Government, vide Act 20 of 2002, section 133.

9. Substituted by Act 14 of 2001, section 120, for "allowed to be sold in India" (w.e.f. 11-5-2001).

10. Substituted by Act 10 of 2000, section 92, for "under section 12 of the Customs Act, (52 of 1962)" (w.r.e.f. 11-5-1982).

11. Substituted by Act 10 of 2000, section 92, for Explanation 1 (w.r.e.f. 11-5-1982).

12. Substituted by Act 21 of 1984, section 45, for Explanation 2 (w.e.f. 11-5-1984).

13. Substituted by Act 20 of 2002, section 133, for clause (i).

14. Inserted by Act 14 of 2001, section 120 (w.e.f. 11-5-2001).

15. Inserted by Act 45 of 1951, section 6 (w.e.f. 27-8-1951) and substituted by Act 30 of 1963, section 3 (w.e.f. 1-10-1963).

16. Substituted by Act 5 of 1986, section 4, for "the First Schedule" (w.e.f. 28-2-1986) and again substituted by Act 27 of 1999, section 119, for "the Schedule" (w.e.f. 11-5-1999).

17. Substituted by Act 25 of 1978, section 19, for sub-section (3) (w.e.f. 1-7-1978).

18. Omitted by the Finance Act, 2007. Prior to omission, it read as under:-

"(i) in a free trade zone 7[trade zone 8[or a special economic zone]] and brought to any other place in India; or"

19. Omitted by the Finance Act, 2007. Prior to omission, it read as under:-

"13(i) "free trade zone" means a zone which the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf;"

20. Substituted by the Finance Act, 2007. Prior to substitution, it read as under:-

"14(iii) "special economic zone" means a zone which the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf."


Section 3A. Power of Central Government to charge excise duty on the basis of capacity of production in respect of notified goods

1[3A. Power of Central Government to charge excise duty on the basis of capacity of production in respect of notified goods -

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 3, where the Central Government, having regard to the nature of the process of manufacture or production of excisable goods of any specified description, the extent of evasion of duty in regard to such goods or such other factors as may be relevant, is of the opinion that it is necessary to safeguard the interest of revenue, specify, by notification in the Official Gazette, such goods as notified goods and there shall be levied and collected duty of excise on such goods in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(2) Where a notification is issued under sub-section (1), the Central Government may, by rules,--

(a) provide the manner for determination of the annual capacity of production of the factory, in which such goods are produced, by an officer not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise and such annual capacity shall be deemed to be the annual production of such goods by such factory; or

(b) (i) specify the factor relevant to the production of such goods and the quantity that is deemed to be produced by use of a unit of such factor; and

(ii) provide for the determination of the annual capacity of production of the factory in which such goods are produced on the basis of such factor by an officer not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise and such annual capacity of production shall be deemed to be the annual production of such goods by such factory:

Provided that where a factory producing notified goods is in operation during a part of the year only, the annual production thereof shall be calculated on proportionate basis of the annual capacity of production:

Provided further that in a case where the factor relevant to the production is altered or modified at any time during the year, the annual production shall be re-determined on a proportionate basis having regard to such alteration or modification.

(3) The duty of excise on notified goods shall be levied, at such rate, on the unit of production or, as the case may be, on such factor relevant to the production, as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, and collected in such manner as may be prescribed:

Provided that where a factory producing notified goods did not produce the notified goods during any continuous period of fifteen days or more, the duty calculated on a proportionate basis shall be abated in respect of such period if the manufacturer of such goods fulfils such conditions as may be prescribed.

(4) The provisions of this section shall not apply to goods produced or manufactured, by a hundred per cent. export-oriented undertaking and brought to any other place in India.

Explanation 1.--For the removal of doubts, it is hereby clarified that for the purposes of section 3 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975(51 of 1975), the duty of excise leviable on the notified goods shall be deemed to be the duty of excise leviable on such goods under the First Schedule and the Second Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985(5 of 1986), read with any notification for the time being in force.

Explanation 2.--For the purposes of this section, the expression hundred per cent. export-oriented undertaking shall have the meaning assigned to it in section 3.]

1. Inserted by the Finance Act, 2008.


Section 4. Valuation of excisable goods for purposes of charging of duty of excise

1[ 4. Valuation of excisable goods for purposes of charging of duty of excise

(1) Where under this Act, the duty of excise is chargeable on any excisable goods with reference to their value, then, on each removal of the goods, such value shall-

( a) in a case where the goods are sold by the assessee, for delivery at the time and place of the removal, the assessee and the buyer of the goods are not related and the price is the sole consideration for the sale, be the transaction value;

( b) in any other case, including the case where the goods are not sold, be the value determined in such manner as may be prescribed.

2[ Explanation.-For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the price-cum-duty of the excisable goods sold by the assessee sh all be the price actually paid to hi m for the goods sold and the money value of the additional consideration, if any, flowing directly or indirectly from the buyer to the assessee in connection with the sale of such goods, and such price-cum-duty, excluding sales tax and other taxes, if any, actually paid, sh all be deemed to include the duty payable on such goods. ]

(2) The provisions of this section shall not apply in respect of any excisable goods for which a tariff value has been fixed under sub-section (2) of section 3.

(3) For the purposes of this section,-

( a) "assessee" means the person who is liable to pay the duty of excise under this Act and includes his agent;

( b) persons shall be deemed to be "related" if-

( i) they are inter-connected undertakings;

( ii) they are relatives;

( iii) amongst them the buyer is a relative and a distributor of the assessee, or a sub-distributor of such distributor; or

( iv) they are so associated that they have interest, directly or indirectly, in the business of each other.

Explanation .-In this clause-

( i) "inter-connected undertakings" shall have the meaning assigned to it in clause ( g) of section 2 of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969 (64 of 1969); and

( ii) "relative" shall have the meaning assigned to it in clause ( 41) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956);

( c) "place of removal" means-

( i) a factory or any other place or premises of production or manufacture of the excisable goods;

( ii) a warehouse or any other place or premises wherein the excisable goods have been permitted to be deposited without3[payment of duty;] from where such goods are removed;

2[ (iii) a depot, premises of a consignment agent or any other place or premises from where the excisable goods are to be sold after their clearance from the factory, ]

2[ (cc) "time of removal", in respect of the excisable goods removed from the place of removal referred to in sub-clause (iii) of clause (c), shall be deemed to be the time at which such goods are cleared from the factory;]

( d) "transaction value" means the prices actually paid or payable for the goods, when sold, and includes in addition to the amount charged as price, any amount that the buyer is liable to pay to, or on behalf of, the assessee, by reason of, or in connection with the sale, whether payable at the time of the sale or at any other time, including, but not limited to, any amount charged for, or to make provision for, advertising or publicity, marketing and selling organization expenses, storage, outward handling, servicing, warranty, commission or any other matter; but does not include the amount of duty of excise, sales tax and other taxes, if any, actually paid or actually payable on such goods.]

1. Section 4 substituted by Act 22 of 1973, sec. 2, (w.e.f. 1-10-1975) and again substituted by Act 10 of 2000, section 94 (w.e.f. 1-4-2000).

2. Inserted by Act 32 of 2003, section 136 (w.e.f. 14-5-2003).

3. Substituted by Act 32 of 2003, section 136, for "payment of duty", (w.e.f. 14-5-2003).


Section 4A. Valuation of excisable goods with reference to retail sale price

1 [4A. Valuation of excisable goods with reference to retail sale price

(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify any goods, in relation to which it is required, under the provisions of the Standards of Weights and Measures Act, 1976 (60 of 1976) or the rules made there under or under any other law for the time being in force, to declare on the package thereof the retail sale price of such goods, to which the provisions of sub-section (2) shall apply.

(2) Where the goods specified under sub-section (1) are excisable goods and are chargeable to duty of excise with reference to value, then, notwithstanding anything contained in section 4, such value shall be deemed to be the retail sale price declared on such goods less such amount of abatement, if any, from such retail sale price as the Central Government may allow by notification in the Official Gazette.

(3) The Central Government may, for the purpose of allowing any abatement under sub-section (2), take into account the amount of duty of excise, sales tax and other taxes, if any, payable on such goods.

2 [(4) Where any goods specified under sub-section (1) are excisable goods and the manufacturer-

(a) removes such goods from the place of manufacture, without declaring the retail sale price of such goods on the packages or declares a retail sale price which is not the retail sale price as required to be declared under the provisions of the Act, rules or other law as referred to in sub-section (1); or

(b) tampers with, obliterates or alters the retail sale price declared on the package of such goods after their removal from the place of manufacture,

then, such goods shall be liable to confiscation and the retail sale price of such goods shall be ascertained in the prescribed manner and such price shall be deemed to be the retail sale price for the purposes of this section.

Explanation 1.--For the purposes of this section, "retail sale price" means the maximum price at which the excisable goods in packaged form may be sold to the ultimate consumer and includes all taxes, local or otherwise, freight, transport charges, commission payable to dealers, and all charges towards advertisement, delivery, packing, forwarding and the like and the price is the sole consideration for such sale:

Provided that in case the provisions of the Act, rules or other law as referred to in sub-section (1) require to declare on the package, the retail sale price excluding any taxes, local or otherwise, the retail sale price shall be construed accordingly.

Explanation 2.--For the purposes of this section,--

(a) where on the package of any excisable goods more than one retail sale price is declared, the maximum of such retail sale prices shall be deemed to be the retail sale price;

(b) where the retail sale price, declared on the package of any excisable goods at the time of its clearance from the place of manufacture, is altered to increase the retail sale price, such altered retail sale price shall be deemed to be the retail sale price;

(c) where different retail sale prices are declared on different packages for the sale of any excisable goods in packaged form in different areas, each such retail sale price shall be the retail sale price for the purposes of valuation of the excisable goods intended to be sold in the area to which the retail sale price relates.]]

1. Inserted by Act 26 of 1997, section 82 (w.e.f. 14-5-1997).

2. Sub-section (4) inserted by Act 27 of 1999, section 122, (w.e.f. 11-5-1999) and substituted by Act 32 of 2003, section 137 (w.e.f. 14-5-2003).


Section 5. Remission of duty on goods found deficient in quantity

1[5. Remission of duty on goods found deficient in quantity

(1) The Central Government may, by rules made under this section, provide for remission of duty of excise leviable on any excisable goods which due to any natural cause, are found to be deficient in quantity.

(2) Any rules made under sub-section (1) may, having regard to the nature of the excisable goods or of processing or of curing thereof, the period of their storage or transit and other relevant considerations, fix the limit or limits of percentage beyond which no such remission shall be allowed :

Provided that different limit or limits of percentage may be fixed for different varieties of the same excisable goods or for different areas or for different seasons.]

1. Section 5 omitted by Act 41 of 1954, section 2 and Schedule and inserted by Act 25 of 1978, section 20 (w.e.f. 1-7-1978).


Section 5A. Power to grant exemption from duty of excise

1 [5A. Power to grant exemption from duty of excise

(1) If the Central Government is satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, it may, by notification in the Official Gazette, exempt generally either absolutely or subject to such conditions (to be fulfilled before or after removal) as may be specified in the notification, excisable goods of any specified description from the whole or any part of the duty of excise leviable thereon :

Provided that, unless specifically provided in such notification, no exemption therein shall apply to excisable goods which are produced or manufactured-

(i) in a 2 [free trade zone 3 [or a special economic zone]] and brought to any other place in India; or

(ii) by a hundred per cent export-oriented undertaking and 4 [brought to any other place in India.]

Explanation.--In this proviso, 2 ["free trade zone" 5 [,"special economic zone"]] and "hundred per cent export-oriented undertaking" shall have the same meanings as in Explanation 2 to sub-section (1) of section 3.

6 [(1A) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that where an exemption under sub-section (1) in respect of any excisable goods from the whole of the duty of excise leviable thereon has been granted absolutely, the manufacturer of such excisable goods shall not pay the duty of excise on such goods.]

7 [(2) If the Central Government is satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, it may, by special order in each case, exempt from payment of duty of excise, under circumstances of an exceptional nature to be stated in such order, any excisable goods on which duty of excise is leviable.]

8 [(2A) The Central Government may, if it considers it necessary or expedient so to do for the purpose of clarifying the scope or applicability of any notification issued under sub-section (1) or order issued under sub-section (2), insert an explanation in such notification or order, as the case may be, by notification in the Official Gazette at any time within one year of issue of the notification under sub-section (1) or order under sub-section (2), and every such explanation shall have effect as if it had always been the part of the first such notification or order, as the case may be.]

(3) An exemption under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) in respect of any excisable goods from any part of the duty of excise leviable thereon (the duty of excise leviable thereon being hereinafter referred to as the statutory duty) may be granted by providing for the levy of a duty on such goods at a rate expressed in a form or method different from the form or method in which the statutory duty is leviable and any exemption granted in relation to any excisable goods in the manner provided in this sub-section shall have effect subject to the condition that the duty of excise chargeable on such goods shall in no case exceed the statutory duty.

Explanation.--"Form or method", in relation to a rate of duty of excise means the basis, namely, valuation, weight, number, length, area, volume or other measure with reference to which the duty is leviable.

(4) Every notification issued under sub-rule (1), and every order made under sub-rule (2), of rule 8 of the Central Excise Rules, 1944, and in force immediately before the commencement of the Customs and Central Excises Laws (Amendment) Act, 1988 (29 of 1988) shall be deemed to have been issued or made under the provisions of this section and shall continue to have the same force and effect after such commencement until it is amended, varied, rescinded or superseded under the provisions of this section.

9 [(5) Every notification issued under sub-section (1) 8 [or sub-section (2A)] shall,--

(a) unless otherwise provided, come into force on the date of its issue by the Central Government for publication in the Official Gazette;

(b) also be published and offered for sale on the date of its issue by the Directorate of Publicity and Public Relations, Customs and Central Excise, New Delhi, under the Central Board of Excise and Customs constituted under the Central Boards of Revenue Act, 1963 (54 of 1963).

(6) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (5), where a notification comes into force on a date later than the date of its issue, the same shall be published and offered for sale by the said Directorate of Publicity and Public Relations on a date on or before the date on which the said notification comes into force.]

1. Inserted by Act 29 of 1988, section 9 (w.e.f. 19-5-1988).

2. Substituted by Act 14 of 2001, section 122, for "free trade zone" (w.e.f. 11-5-2001).

3. The words "or a special economic zone" shall stand omitted with effect from such date as may be appointed by the Central Government, vide Act 20 of 2002, section 134.

4. Substituted by Act 14 of 2001, section 122, for "allowed to be sold in India" (w.e.f. 11-5-2001).

5. The words ", special economic zone" shall stand omitted with effect from such date as may be appointed by the Central Government, vide Act 20 of 2002, section 134.

6. Inserted by the Finance Act, 2005, section 75.

7. Sub-section (2) substituted by Act 27 of 1999, section 123 (w.e.f. 11-5-1999) and again substituted by Act 32 of 2003, section 138 (w.e.f. 14-5-2003).

8. Inserted by Act 20 of 2002, section 134.

9. Inserted by Act 21 of 1998, section 106 (w.e.f. 1-8-1998).


Section 5B. Non-reversal of CENVAT credit

1[5B. Non-reversal of CENVAT credit.--

Where an assessee has paid duty of excise on a final product and has been allowed credit of the duty or tax or cess paid on inputs, capital goods and input services used in making of the said product, but subsequently the process of making the said product is held by the court as not chargeable to excise duty, the Central Government may, by notification, order for non-reversal of such credit allowed to the assessee subject to such conditions as may be specified in the said notification:

Provided that the order for non-reversal of credit shall not apply where an assessee has perferred a claim for refund of excise duty paid by him:

Provided further that the Central Government may also specify in the notification referred to above for non-reversal of credit, if any, taken by the buyer of the said product.]

1. Inserted by the Finance Act, 2007.


Section 6. Registration of certain persons

1[6. Registration of certain persons

Any prescribed person who is engaged in--

( a) the production or manufacture or any process of production or manufacture of any specified goods included in the2[the First Schedule and the Second Schedule] to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986), or

( b) the wholesale purchase or sale (whether on his own account or as a broker or commission agent) or the storage of any specified goods included in2[the First Schedule and the Second Schedule] to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986),

shall get himself registered with the proper officer in such manner as may be prescribed.]

1. Substituted by Act 18 of 1992, section 113 (w.e.f. 14-5-1992).

2. Substituted by Act 27 of 1999, section 119, for "the Schedule" (w.e.f. 11-5-1999).


Section 7. Form and Conditions of licence [Repealed]

[Rep. by the Finance Act, 1992 (18 of 1992), section 113 (w.e.f. 14-5-1992).]