Mar 31, 2018: The e-way bill system for inter-State movement of goods across the country is being introduced from 01st April 2018. Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has issued few clarifications regarding the new e-way bill system, which are as follows:
1. Situation:- Consider a situation where a consignor is required to move goods from City X to City Z. He appoints Transporter A for movement of his goods. Transporter A moves the goods from City X to City Y. For completing the movement of goods i.e. from City Y to City Z, Transporter A now hands over the goods to Transporter B. Thereafter, the goods are moved to the destination i.e. from City Y to City Z by Transporter B. How would the e-way bill be generated in such situations?
Clarification:- It is clarified that in such a scenario, only one e-way bill would be required. PART A of FORM GST EWB-01 can be filled by the consignor and then the e-way bill will be assigned by the consignor to Transporter A. Transporter A will fill the vehicle details, etc. in PART B of FORM GST EWB-01 and will move the goods from City X to City Y. On reaching City Y, Transporter A will assign the said e-way bill to the Transporter B. Thereafter, Transporter B will be able to update the details of PART B of FORM GST EWB-01. Transporter B will fill the details of his vehicle and move the goods from City Y to City Z.
2. Situation:- Consider a situation where a Consignor hands over his goods for transportation on Friday to transporter. But, the assigned transporter starts the movement of goods on Monday. How would the validity of e-way bill be calculated in such situations?
Clarification:- It is clarified that the validity period of e-way bill starts only after the details in PART B of FORM GST EWB-01 are updated by the transporter for the first time.
In the given situation, Consignor can fill the details in PART A of FORM GST EWB-01 on Friday and handover his goods to the transporter. When the transporter is ready to move the goods, he can fill the PART B of FORM GST EWB-01 i.e. the assigned transporter can fill the details in PART B of FORM GST EWB-01 on Monday and the validity period of the e-way bill will start from Monday.