What is the difference between Nil Rated, Exempted, Zero Rated and Non-GST supplies?

With the introduction of GST, the goods and services have been classified into Nil Rated, Exempted, Zero Rated and Non-GST supplies. Let us take a look at what distinguishes each of them.

Types of Supply

Nil Rated
This type of supply attracts a GST of 0%. Input tax credit cannot be claimed on such supplies. Some items which are nil rated include grains, salt, jaggery, etc.

This supply includes items which are used for everyday purposes. Since they are basic essentials, they do not attract any GST at all. You will not be able to claim any ITC on such supplies. Some examples include bread, fresh fruits, milk, curd, etc.

Supplies made overseas and to Special Economic Zones (SEZs) or SEZ Developers come under the zero-rated supplies. This supply attracts a GST of 0%. For such supplies, ITC can be claimed.

Supplies which don’t come under the scope of the GST are termed as Non-GST supplies. However, these supplies can attract taxes other than the GST as per the jurisdiction of the state or the country. Some examples of such supplies include petrol, alcohol, etc.

Supply GST Applicable Type of Supply Eligibility for ITC Examples
Nil Rated 0% Everyday items No Grains, Salt, Jaggery, etc.
Exempted - Basic essentials No Bread, Fresh fruits, Fresh milk, Curd, etc.
Zero Rated 0% Overseas supplies, Supply to Special Economic Zones (SEZ) or SEZ Developers Yes -
Non-GST - Supplies for which GST is not applicable but can attract other taxes No Petrol, Alchohol, etc.
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