New Delhi, November 15, 2017

Consumers have been advised to take note of reductions while making purchases

The GST Council had on November 10 lowered the rates for 178 items in the highest tax slab of 28 per cent. Following the Friday meet, a GST rate of 18 per cent was fixed for the following items:  


    Wires, cables, insulated conductors, electrical insulators, electrical plugs, switches, sockets, fuses, relays, electrical connectors

    Electrical boards, panels, consoles, cabinets etc for electric control or distribution

    Particle/fibre boards and plywood; articles of wood, wooden frame, paving block

    Furniture, mattress, bedding and similar furnishing

    Trunk, suitcase, vanity cases, briefcases, travelling bags and other handbags, cases

    Detergents, washing and cleaning preparations

    Liquid or cream for washing the skin

    Shampoos; Hair cream, Hair dyes (natural, herbal or synthetic) and similar other goods; henna powder or paste, not mixed with any other ingredient;

    Pre-shave, shaving or after-shave preparations, personal deodorants, bath preparations, perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations, room deodorizers

    Perfumes and toilet waters

    Beauty or make-up preparations

    Fans, pumps, compressors

    Lamp and light fitting

    Primary cell and primary batteries

    Sanitary ware and parts thereof, of all kinds

    Articles of plastic, floor covering, baths, shower, sinks, washbasins, seats, sanitary ware of plastic

    Slabs of marbles and granite

    Goods of marble and granite such as tiles

    Ceramic tiles of all kinds

    Miscellaneous articles such as vacuum flasks, lighters

    Wristwatches, clocks, watch movements, watch cases, straps, parts

    Articles of apparel & clothing, accessories of leather, guts, furskin, artificial fur and other articles such as saddlery and harness for any animal

    Articles of cutlery, stoves, cookers and similar non-electric domestic appliances

    Razor and razor blades

    Multi-functional printers, cartridges

    Office or desk equipment

    Doors, windows and frames of aluminium

    Articles of plaster such as board, sheet

    Articles of cement or concrete or stone and artificial stone

    Articles of asphalt or slate

    Articles of mica

    Ceramic flooring blocks, pipes, conduit, pipe fittings

    Wallpaper and wall covering

    Glass of all kinds and articles thereof such as mirror, safety glass, sheets, glassware

    Electrical, electronic weighing machinery

    Fire extinguishers and charges for fire extinguishers

    Forklifts, lifting and handling equipment

    Bulldozers, excavators, loaders, road rollers

    Earth-moving and levelling machinery


    Cooling towers, pressure vessels, reactors

    Crankshaft for sewing machine, tailor’s dummies, bearing housings, gears and gearing; ball or roller screws; gaskets

    Electrical apparatus for radio and television broadcasting

    Sound recording or reproducing apparatus

    Signalling, safety or traffic control equipment for transports

    Physical exercise equipment, festival and carnival equipment, swings, shooting galleries, roundabouts, gymnastic and athletic equipment

    All musical instruments and their parts

    Artificial flowers, foliage and artificial fruits

    Explosive, anti-knocking preparation, fireworks

    Cocoa butter, fat, oil powder

    Extract, essence and concentrates of coffee, miscellaneous food preparations

    Chocolates, chewing gum /bubble gum

    Malt extract and food preparations of flour, groats, meal, starch or malt extract

    Waffles and wafers coated with chocolate or containing chocolate

    Rubber tubes and miscellaneous articles of rubber

    Goggles, binoculars, telescope

    Cinematographic cameras and projectors, image projector

    Microscope, specified laboratory equipment, specified scientific equipment such as for meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, geology

    Solvent, thinners, hydraulic fluids, anti-freezing preparation

The new rates will come to force on Wednesday (November 15). Following the rate reduction, consumers would be charged a revised rate of 18 per cent on all 178 items. There would be a corresponding reduction in the minimum retail prices (MRPs) of these products.

Consumers have been advised to take note of reductions while making purchases.

[The Business Standard]