E-waybill for inter-State goods movement likely from April 1

Marco Green
February 24, 2018

A group of State finance ministers (GoM), led by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, on Saturday mooted the implementation of the provision for electronic-waybill generation for inter-State movement of goods from April 1, under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. "In the first phase, only the inter-state movement of goods will be mandatory required to take e-way bill and after a couple of weeks, roll-out of intra-state movement of goods through e-way bill system will start", Modi said at a press conference here.

However, there was no consensus on simplification of return filing processes under GST with differences persisting among the various stakeholders. "We are preparing the system to generate 75 lakh e-way bills every day", Modi said adding two rounds of testing have been completed so far and another one round of testing is scheduled in the next few days. "We will discuss further and take a view", Modi said.

Modi also added that 9.5 lakh taxpayers are registered on the e-way bills portal.

"The recommendation of a phased launch of the e-way bill will enable businesses to become ready over a period of time and will give time to the GSTN to overcome glitches that arise during the initial phase", said Deloittee India Senior Director M S Mani.

To prevent the overload on systems caused by some states also starting e-way bills for movement of goods even within a state, the group of ministers has made a decision to introduce it in a phase wise manner.

He said that the GST council should ensure that all the States introduce this mechanism from the same date and the current practice wherein different system is followed in different states is discontinued.

An electronic- way bill or "e-way bill" system that offers the technological framework to track intra-state, as well as inter-state movements of goods of value exceeding Rs 50,000, for sales beyond 10 km in the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, was inaugurated on February 1 after undergoing trials.

Besides plugging tax evasion, the e-way bill is supposed to boost revenues by 15-20 per cent.

E-way bill is an electronic way bill for movement of goods which can be generated on the GSTN (common portal).

Movement of goods of more than Rs50,000 in value can not be made by a registered person without an e-way bill.

On Saturday, the GoM reviewed the state of IT infrastructure preparedness for e-way bill implementation in the country.

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