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Courier companies seek relief on GST E-way bill rule

Courier companies seek relief on GST E-way bill rule

Courier companies such as FedEx, DHL and UPS are in a bind over delivering imported goods to customers because of a goods and services tax rule that bars defaulters from issuing e-waybills. The document is mandatory for transport of goods worth over Rs 50,000.

On the other hand, the customs department won’t hold such goods in its storage once they’re cleared. The companies, including local ones such as DTDC, Safe Express, Gati and Delhivery, have petitioned the government to seek a way out of the dilemma. The government said it’s examining the issue.

GST Rule 138E, which took effect in November, doesn’t allow an entity that hasn’t filed returns for two straight months to generate an e-waybill.

While the rule won’t impact direct deliveries to ecommerce customers, business-to-business (B2B) orders from overseas will likely get hit.

Import consignments of companies, which may have missed filing returns and are unable to generate an e-waybill, cannot be delivered. But the goods cannot be kept inside the customs premises once cleared.

“As per customs regulations, goods may not be retained in the customs premises post clearance,” Vijay Kumar, chief executive officer of the Express Industry Council of India lobby group. “But moving the goods outside the customs premises without e-waybill would result in noncompliance from a GST standpoint.”

Courier companies have no means of checking whether their customers are GST compliant. “The task itself would be monumental given the volume of transactions and number of clients,” Kumar said. “Tracking such compliances would lead to operational challenges… delay in delivery of goods and reduction in operational efficiency.”

Since courier companies get the goods cleared from customs on behalf of those that place the orders, under the end-to-end logistics model, they face the brunt of the rule, experts said.

“While GST was intended to simplify supply chains, logistics businesses have been facing a few challenges such as EWBs on import consignments, which need to be discussed, as this is a key ingredient in improving the ease of doing business,” said MS Mani, partner.

The government is examining the matter to see how it can be resolved, said a senior government official, adding, “States have some reservations on the issue.”

The official said one option would be for courier companies to seek a written undertaking from customers to the effect that they’re GST compliant. The issue will be taken up again with states, he said.

Source: Economic-Times

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Two more states, five Union Territories to roll out intra-state e-way bill

Two more states, five Union Territories to roll out intra-state e-way bill

The central government on Thursday said that two more states — Maharashtra and Manipur — along with five Union Territories will roll out the intra-state e-way bill from Friday. The Union Territories are Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep.

According to a Finance Ministry statement, with the latest addition, the total number of states and UTs implementing e-way bills for intra-state movement of goods will rise to 27.

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As on May 23, the system has been implemented in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Puducherry.

“E-way bills are getting generated successfully and till May 23, more than 5.3 crore e-way bills were successfully generated, including more than 1.6 crore e-way bills for intra-state movement of goods,” the statement said.

Under the Goods and Services Tax regime, an e-way bill needs to be generated and carried for movement of all goods valued at over Rs 50,000.

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Source: TOI
GST: Country-wide intra-state e-way bill system mandatory from 3 June

GST: Country-wide intra-state e-way bill system mandatory from 3 June

The e-way bill for moving goods within a state will become mandatory from 3 June, with the country-wide roll out of the mechanism.E-way bill software

The government had launched the electronic-way or e-way bill system from 1 April for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another.

The same for intra or within the state movement has been rolled out from 15 April.

So far, 20 states/Union Territories have made e-way bill mandatory for intra-state movement of goods. These states include — Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.

In a letter to officers in the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), Chairperson Vanaja Sarna said the intra-state movement of goods would be implemented throughout the country by 3 June, 2018.

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“Hence, I would reiterate that the Chief Commissioners of the remaining zones should coordinate with the state authority and get the requisite notification issued as early as possible. Also, steps may be taken to publicise the date of its rollout along with exemptions provided,” Sarna wrote.

Sarna said the e-way bill system is functioning as envisaged and since the implementation of the same from 1 April, 2018, more than 4.5 crore e-way bills have been generated.

This includes more than 1.30 crore e-way bills for intra-state movement of goods.

While intra-state e-way bill requirement will become mandatory in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and Chandigarh on 25 May, it will be rolled out in Punjab and Goa from 1 June. Maharashtra will roll out the bill from 31 May.

Touted as an anti-evasion measure, transporters of goods worth over Rs 50,000 would be required to present an e-way bill to a GST inspector, if asked. The measure is expected to help boost tax collections by clamping down on a trade that currently happens on the cash basis.

The GST Council, in March, decided on a staggered rollout of the e-way bill starting with inter-state from 1 April and intra-state from 15 April.

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Source: ET
E-Way Bill mandatory in Union Territories from 25th May

E-Way Bill mandatory in Union Territories from 25th May

The Central Government today notified that supplies within the Union territories would require E-Way Bill from 25th May 2018.GST E-way Bill

The notification issued today rescinded the earlier notification as per which, irrespective of the value of the consignment, no Eway bill shall be required to be generated where the movement of goods commences and terminates within the Union Territories.

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In March, the Government notified that the supplies made within the territory of Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep do not require E-Way Bill.

Under GST rules, ferrying goods worth more than Rs 50,000 within or outside a state will require securing an electronic-way or e-way bill through prior online registration of the consignment. In the 26th meeting, the GST Council has recommended the introduction of the E-Way Bill for inter-State movement of goods across the country from 01st April 2018. For intra-State movement of goods, Eway bill system will be introduced w.e.f. a date to be announced in a phased manner but not later than 01st June 2018.

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GST: All you need to know about E-Way Bill System

GST: All you need to know about E-Way Bill System

E-way bill is an online document generated by the govt portal evidencing movement of goods of consignment value more than Rs 50,000.

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The finance ministry of india has sought a report from GSTN (GST Network), the IT-backbone provider for GST, on glitches in the system that derailed the anti-tax evasion e-way bill system. Eway bill is aimed to bring uniformity across the states for seamless inter-state movement of goods.

Here are the key things to know about the online document:

What is an e-way bill?

Form GST EWB-01 (eway bill)  is an online document (available to supplier/recipient/transporter) generated on the common govt.portal ( evidencing movement of goods of consignment value more than Rs 50,000. It has two components –

Part A comprising of details of GSTIN of supplier and recipient, place of delivery (indicating PIN code also), document (Tax invoice, Supply Bill, Delivery Challan or Bill of Entry) number and date, a value of goods, HSN code, and reasons for transportation.

Part B comprising of transport details – transport document number (Goods/Items Receipt Number or Railway Receipt Number or Airway Bill Number or Bill of Lading Number) and Transport vehicle number for the road.

Who should generate e-way bill?

The Eway bill needs to be generated by the consignor or consignee (if the transportation is being done in own/hired conveyance or by railways by air or by vessel) or the transporter (if the goods are handed over to a transporter for transportation by road). When neither the consignor nor consignee generates the e-way bill and the value of goods is more than Rs 50,000, it will be the responsibility of the transporter to generate it.

Can users update their business name, address, mobile number or email-id in the e-way bill system?

The billing system will not allow updating the above details directly. The taxpayer has to change the details at GST Common portal, from where it will be updated in the e-way bill system.

Whether information submitted to the e-way bill can be used for filing GST returns?

The information furnished in the Part-A of the Electronic way bill on the common portal can be utilized for furnishing details in GSTR-1.

What is invoice reference number?

A registered person can obtain an Invoice Reference Number from the common portal by uploading the tax invoice issued in Form GST INV-1. The tax invoice and reference number will be valid for a period of 30 days from the date of uploading.

Can the e-way bill be canceled if the goods are not transported after generation of the e-way bill?

In cases where an e-way bill has been generated, but goods are either not being transported or are not being transported as per the details furnished in the e-way bill, the Eway bill can be canceled electronically on the common portal within 24 hours of generation.

What are the modes of e-way bill generation?

Apart from the option to generate the bill from the common portal, it can also be generated or canceled through SMS. When an Eway bill is generated, a unique e-way bill number (EBN) is allocated and is available to the supplier, recipient, and the transporter.

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