GST relief for consumers: These 178 items became cheaper from Nov 15

Business Standard By BS Web Team November 16, 2017 09:55 IST

From shampoo and detergents to fans, wires and cable, here is the list of items that became cheaper from Wednesday after the GST Council moved 178 items from the 28% GST bracket to 18%

After the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council at its 23rd meeting on November 10 recommended a major relief in rates on certain goods, a set of 178 items of common use were moved from the highest tax bracket of 28 per cent to 18 per cent with effect from November 15.

With the rate reduction coming into effect, consumers get the benefit in the form of a corresponding reduction in the price on these goods.

According to the government, the 178 items that have become cheaper for consumers can be classified as under:

* 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 deodorisers

* 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

* Wrist watches, 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

* Fork lifts, lifting and handling equipment

* Bulldozers, excavators, loaders, road rollers

* Earth moving and levelling machinery

* Escalators

* 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

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