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Chapter 6: GST Rates and HSN Codes for Live Trees and Plants

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Chapter 6
HSN Codes & GST Rates
Last updated on April 26th, 2021

HSN means the Harmonized System of Nomenclature code used for classifying goods under GST. This classification is used in Customs, Central Excise and Foreign Trade Policy. The use of HSN codes is to make GST systematic and globally accepted. GST Rates and HSN codes for Live Trees and Plants are mentioned in chapter 6.

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The table given below comprises of the GST rates and HSN codes for Live Trees and Plants.

HSN Code


Rate (%)

Effective From

CESS (%)

Related Export / Import HSN Code


Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage




06011000, 06012010, 06012021, 06012022, 06012090, 06021000, 06022010, 06022020, 06022090, 06023000, 06024000, 06029010, 06029020, 06029030, 06029090, 06031100, 06031200, 06031300, 06031400, 06031500, 06031900, 06039000, 06042000, 06049000



The rates given in the above table are as per the 31st GST council meeting which was held on 22nd December 2018. Dissimilarities may be present due to the latest updates made by the government. Make sure to check the “Effective From” column.


How are HSN codes unique?

HSN codes are unique for each product. Under HSN, all the goods and services are divided into 21 sections, 99 chapters. Under 99 chapters there are 1244 headings and 5244 subheadings. Each item which is used for trade or commercial use, it is identified with 8 digit code using the HSN code rules.

Who needs an HSN code?

Taxpayers having turnover exceeds Rs. 1.5 crore but up to 5.00 crore will be required to mention only two digits of HSN code. Taxpayers having turnover exceeds Rs 5.00 crore will be required to mention four digits of HSN code.

Is it compulsory to use the HSN Code?

HSN Code must be used by all dealers except in the following cases:
> Dealers who have an Annual Turnover of less than Rs.1.5 Cr
> Dealers who have registered to pay tax under the Composition Scheme

What is the rate of GST on Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like?

NIL rate of GST is applicable on Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like as mentioned in chapter 6.

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hey @HarishMehta

    From 1st April 2021, Taxpayers with an aggregate Annual Turnover of more than INR 5 Crore during the financial Year 2020-2021 have to mandatorily mention 6 digits of the HSN Code in all tax invoices.

    Businesses with a turnover of up to INR 5 crore in the preceding financial year will be required to mandatorily furnish 4 digit HSN code on B2B invoices.

    Hope this helps!

  2. Hey @Dia_malhotra

    Let’s take an example of Cocoa powder to calculate the GST using the HSN code.

    Cocoa Powder per Kg = INR1,000.
    HSN Code = 18 05 00 00
    GST Rate = 18% (For Cocoa powder, not containing added sugar or sweetening matter)
    Therefore, GST = INR180

    Hope this helps!

  3. Hey,

    What are the consequences of not mentioning or incorrectly mentioning the HSN Code?

  4. Hey @SonalYadav

    It is very crucial to mention the correct HSN/ SAC Code on the tax invoices and Form GSTR-1, barring to do so may attract a penalty of INR 50,000 (INR 25,000 each for CGST and SGST) for non-mentioning or incorrect mention of wrong HSN/ SAC Code under Section 125 of the CGST Act.

    Hope this helps!

  5. Hey @Prasana_Srinivasan, this tool can help

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