CAIT calls for deferment of intra-state E-way Bill

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Apr 2018 11:07:31


Business Bureau,

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Wednesday said that implementation of intra-state E-way Bill in several states from April 15 will prove to be a roadblock in smooth transportation of goods in such states and as such the CAIT has called upon the GST Council to restrict the inter-state E-way Bill for the present.

Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of CAIT said, “GST in itself is at a very initial stage and still needs to be settled and under such condition if E-Way Bill for intra-state transactions is used, it will prove much detrimental for the trade and transportation of goods within a State.”
He said, “There is much less of education about E-way Bill among traders across the country particularly in smaller towns and as such complying with the E-way Bill conditions will be an onerous task.”

Khandelwal said, intra-state trade is highly diversified and transportation of goods remains both in retail and wholesale nature. Further, largely the goods are kept in godowns and warehouses and usually such goods are transported either directly to the transport or at the showroom of the traders. Generation of E-way Bill for such transactions will add to much complexities and will be hurdle in smooth business activities.

Khandelwal suggested that GST Council may draw some other automatic mechanism to validate the legality of the transported goods instead of E-way Bill. A Quick Response Code (QR Code) could be developed and be given to each trader registered with the Department to imprint on his invoice and the goods can be checked at any given point of time without giving any extra botheration to traders.

He said, implementation of E-way Bill from April 15 in certain states may be deferred and Goods and Services (GST) Council should interact with traders and draw a mechanism based on the consensus.