Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is on Samsung’s tail as the electronics manufacturer allegedly evaded import duty taxes of about Rs 72 crore. Now DRI wants to confiscate Galaxy Tab 2 P3100 devices imported in India by the Korean manufacturer between April 2012 to February 2013.
According to a report by The Times of India, Samsung had imported Galaxy Tab 2 units worth Rs 464 crores between April 2012 and February 2013 from Korea, and avoided massive taxes by declaring the device as a mobile phone. Import duty on tablets was 12 percent at the time while that on tablets. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 P3100 has voice calling feature which means it could be used as a mobile phone as well. This could have created a grey area whether to classify the devices as mobile phones or tablets.
After investigating the matter, DRI issued a notice and has now proposed to confiscate the devices. Meanwhile, in the reply to DRI, Samsung’s CFO Seo Eung Kyo called the Galaxy Tab2 P3100 a tablet, and not a mobile phone as mentioned at the time of import, the report claims. Also, Central Board of Excise and Customs clarified the matter by classifying the device as a tablet.