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325.0000 Interstate and Foreign Commerce—Regulation 1620

Annotation 325.0425

(c) Shipments from California to Points Outside State

(1) Generally

325.0425 Delivery of Property in State for Out-of-State Use. A firm purchases component parts for its manufacturing equipment from a foreign manufacturer's sales office in California. The California sales office accepts the order, arranges for delivery from the foreign plant, and handles processing through customs. Title passes to the purchaser at the sales office in California. Pursuant to the purchaser's instructions, the sales office ships the property to a third party in California to incorporate into other equipment. The third party then ships the equipment to the purchaser's location outside of California for use by the purchaser outside California. Under these facts, where the sale of the property is made through the foreign manufacturer's California sales office and title passes (and thus the sale occurs) in California, the applicable tax, if any, is sales tax. Since the section 6009.1 exclusion applies only to use tax, it does not apply here. The manufacturer owes sales tax on his sales.

If title to the property passes to the firm outside California, the sales tax would not apply; rather any applicable tax would be the use tax. If the storage or use of the parts in California is for the purpose of incorporating them into equipment that will be transported outside this state for use solely outside this state, such storage or use comes within the section 6009.1 exclusion and the purchaser would not owe use tax on such storage or use. 06/19/96.