Integrated Tax Notifications (Rate)

IGST Notification rate 40/2017

TitleSeeks to reduce GST rate on Food preparations put up in unit containers and intended for free distribution to economically weaker sections

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 5 of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (13 of 2017), the Central Government, on the recommendations of the Council, hereby notifies the rate of the integrated tax of 5 per cent on inter-State supplies of goods, the description of which is specified in column (3) of the Table below, falling under the tariff item, sub-heading, heading or Chapter, as the case may be, as specified in the corresponding entry in column (2), subject to the condition specified in column (4) of the Table below, namely:-




Tariff item, sub- heading, heading or ChapterDescription of GoodsCondition
1.19 or 21Food preparations put    up    in    unit containers       and intended for free distribution        to economically weaker     sections of     the     society under                   a

programme    duly approved by the Central Government      or any                State


When the supplier of such food preparations produces a certificate from an officer not below the rank of the Deputy Secretary to the Government of India or the Deputy Secretary to the State Government or the Deputy Secretary in the Union Territory concerned to the effect that such food preparations have been distributed free to the economically weaker sections of the society under a programme duly approved by the Central Government or the State Government concerned, within a period of five months from the date of supply of such goods or within such further period as the jurisdictional commissioner of the Central tax or jurisdictional commissioner of the State tax,

or jurisdictional officer of the Union Territory Tax, as the case maybe, may allow in this regard.

Explanation. –

  • In this notification, “tariff item”, “sub-heading” “heading” and “Chapter” shall mean respectively a tariff item, heading, sub-heading and Chapter as specified in the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975).
  • The rules for the interpretation of the First Schedule to the said Customs Tariff Act, 1975, including the Section and Chapter Notes and the General Explanatory Notes of the First Schedule shall, so far as may be, apply to the interpretation of this notification.