GST Rate for Sugar, Salt, Chocolate, and Spices

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Get ready to spice up your knowledge on GST rates!

The GST Council has announced the rates for sugar, salt, chocolate, and spices, and we’ve got all the details for you.

With GST rates based on the internationally recognized HSN code system, which is used by over 200 countries, these rates are categorized into five different slabs: 0%, 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28%.

So, whether you’re a foodie or just curious about tax rates, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of the latest GST rates in India.

GST Rates for Sugar, Chocolates, and Common Salt

Under the GST regime, different rates of tax apply to various goods and services. Here are the GST rates for sugar, chocolates, and common salt.

GST Rate for Sugar

Taxable Items:

Sugar and sugar confectioneries However, Cane jaggery is exempt from GST.

Tax Rates:

Beet sugar, cane sugar, palmyra sugar, and Khansari sugar: 5% of taxable value

  • Refined sugar containing added flavoring or coloring matter and sugar cubes: 18%
  • Sugar confectionery (excluding white chocolate and bubble/chewing gum): 18%
  • Other sugar products (e.g., lactose, maple, glucose, fructose, sugar, honey, except palmyra sugar): 18%

GST Rate for Chocolates

Taxable Items:

  • Chewing gum, bubble gum, and white chocolate not containing cocoa
  • Molasses

Tax Rates:

  • Chewing gum, bubble gum, and white chocolate not containing cocoa: 28%
  • Molasses: 28%

GST Rate for Common Salt

Taxable Items:

  • Common salt (including iodized and other fortified salts)
  • Sendha namak (rock salt)
  • Kala namak

Tax Rates:

No tax is applicable. Common salt is not taxable under GST.

GST Rate for Spices

Under the GST regime, most spices attract a GST rate of 5%. However, fresh ginger and fresh turmeric (other than in processed form) are exempt from GST.

Also Read: How to Start a Spice Business in India

Taxable Items:

  • Pepper of the genus Piper; dried or crushed or ground fruits of the genus Capsicum or of the genus Pimenta
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon and cinnamon-tree
  • Cloves (whole fruit, cloves and stems)
  • Nutmeg, mace, and cardamoms
  • Seeds of anise, radian, fennel, coriander, cumin, or caraway; juniper berries (other than of seed quality)
  • Ginger (other than fresh ginger), saffron, turmeric (Curcuma) (other than fresh turmeric), thyme, bay leaves, curry, and other spices.

Tax Rates:

  • Fresh ginger and fresh turmeric (other than in processed form): Exempt from GST
  • All other spices: 5% GST

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