As an acknowledgment that the taxpayer has paid tax for the movement of goods a way bill is essential for monitoring, which needs to be produced when a government official request for it on the way. Though there is a centralized system now earlier it was never the case! Every individual state had its own way bill concepts with its own formats and policies. State government officials reported that there are high chances of producing duplicate way bill in many cases and there were many operational challenges while issuing/ delivering the way bills.
Top concerns that led to the implementation of e-Way Bill:
- Different formats, permits, etc. across different states led to a massive confusion and even led to duplication in some cases,
- Submitting the utilization form at the end of every month,
- Controlling the tax evasion by minimizing the human intervention,
- Difficulty in seeking blank delivery notes like making several visits to tax office,
- Detention of truck at check posts, etc. for longer period,
- Slow and delay in generating the Way bill delaying the shipment delivery date and speed,
- Registration requirement for the transporter is given optional,
- Different forms had to be filed for different goods to different states.
Considering all the challenges stated above the central government decided to bring the way bill under GST. As per the statistics around 40% shipments faced delayed detention affecting the delivery dates leaving the consignor and consignee clueless about the shipment status, location and the reason why that particular shipment is detained. Though the consignments/ shipments accompanied by the invoice it is mandatory to carry a way bill across India. Heading with several challenges the supply of goods facility thought they should simplify the system by introducing the concept of e- Way Bill. E- Way Bill is a huge relief for the logistics and transportation industry.
Though e- Way Bill is a relatively old concept, which has already been executed in multiple states with different names now the government is trying to make it nationally recognizable & implementable making it the single point of contact for all the stakeholders i.e. Consignor, consignee, transporter and government officer.
What challenges did the government address in e-Way Bill? To what extent the process made simple after e- Way Bill implementation? Who is benefitting out from the e- Way Bill roll out? Is the public really happy about the e- Way bill?
GST Content Specialist | Tax Technology Enthusiast