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Does a product with short shelf-life satisfy the test of marketability?

Nicholas Piramal India Ltd. v. CCEx., Mumbai 2010 (260) E.L.T. 338 (S.C.)

Facts of the case: In the instant case, the product had a shelf-life of 2 to 3 days. The appellant contended that since the product did not have shelf-life, it did not satisfy the test of marketability.

Decision of the case: The Supreme Court ruled that short shelf-life could not be equated with no shelf-life and would not ipso facto mean that it could not be marketed. A shelf-life of 2 to 3 days was sufficiently long enough for a product to be commercially marketed. Shelf-life of a product would not be a relevant factor to test the marketability of a product unless it was shown that the product had absolutely no shelf-life or the shelf-life of the product was such that it was not capable of being brought or sold during that shelf-life.
Hence, product with the shelf life of 2 to 3 days was marketable and hence, excisable.

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