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Integrated Desktop Computer cannot be classified as ‘portable device’

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in Hewlett Packard India Sales Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. v. Commissioner of Customs (Import), Nhava Sheva [Civil Appeal No. 5373 and 6715 of 2019, dated January 17, 2023] set aside the orders of CESTAT, Mumbai, which classified the Integrated Desktop Computer as a portable device. Held that, such goods cannot be classified as ‘portable’ for the reasons that their dimensions make it illogical and unviable for daily transit and the same needs to be transported along with the power cable as well as the applicable stand if it is to be mounted. Further, the consumer is unable to carry them around in the absence of any protective case or any covering bags.

Source a2ztaxcorp

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