New Delhi: The Central Government on Thursday has decided on the e-way bill postponed for the requirement movement of consignments in the GST regime after technological glitches on the common portal.
The e-way bill, an electronic documentation tracking the movement of goods, was mandatory for all inter-state movement of goods from 1 February.
“In view of difficulties faced by the trade in generating e-way bill due to initial tech glitches, so it has been decided to extend the trial phase for generation of the e-way bill, both for inter and intra-State movement of goods. It shall be made compulsory from a date to be announced,” the Official Twitter handle of the Government confirmed.
According to a person familiar with the development, more than 16 states also started e-way bills for movement of goods within the state that led to a slowdown in the issuance of e-way bills causing delays in truck movement. The GST e-way bill was made mandatory for all movement of goods within a state from 1 June, although these 16 states decided to implement it from 1 February.
Businesses had two weeks trial time before the system was due for rollout in February, but policymakers chose to defer implementation to avert technical glitches causing disruption in the supply chain at a time GST revenue has started stabilizing. Once implemented, the e-way bill is needed for all movement of goods—within or outside a state—valued at more than Rs50,000.
The new system was to be in force from February 1 after a 15-day trial period that began from January 16 to January 31.
During the trial period, 2.84 lakh e-way permits were issued on the portal. However, on the day of the formal launch of the bill, the system faced technical issues. According to reports, along with inter-state e-way bill generation by all states, Total approx 17 states also started generating e bills for intra-state transportation of goods, which created pressure on the GSTN portal.