E-Way Bill for Inter-State Goods Movement Rolls Out At Midnight

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New Delhi:  Electronic way (e-way) bill will apply even in cases of a break in journey to destination and where more than one transporter is involved in the transportation of goods under e-way bill system slated to roll out from April 1.

While the e-way bill is being implemented from today for inter-state transportation, for intra-state movement of goods, the new system would be launched in two weeks’ time, Finance Secretary had announced on Wednesday.

“It is clarified that in such a scenario, only one e-way bill would be required,” a Finance Ministry release said, citing the example of a break in journey involving a third city and which has been undertaken by two transporters. “Transporter A will assign the said e-way bill to Transporter B, who will fill the details of his vehicle and move the goods”.

In this connection, the ministry also “clarified that the validity period of e-way bill starts only after the e-way bill details are updated by the transporter for the first time”.

The e-way bill, introduced under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, will apply to inter-state transportation of goods worth over Rs. 50,000 through road, railways, airways and vessels.

In view of the difficulties faced by the traders in generating the e-way bill due to initial technical glitches in the GST Network, it was earlier decided by the GST Council to extend the trial phase for generation of e-way bills, both for inter-state and intra-state movement of goods.

In its meeting last month, a group of ministers headed by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi recommended April 1 as the date for compulsory implementation of the system for inter-state goods movement.

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