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E way or electronic E way Bill system under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime is brought in to enable faster and seamless movement of goods through a portal-driven payment system, without vehicles having to wait at state borders. This would also help the government to keep a tight leash on revenue leakages.
1st June 2021
1. The e-way bill portal, in its release notes, has clarified that a suspended GSTIN cannot generate an e-way bill. However, a suspended GSTIN as a recipient or as a transporter can get a generated e-way bill.
2. the mode of transport ‘Ship’ has now been updated to ‘Ship/Road cum Ship’ so that the user can enter a vehicle number where goods are initially moved by road and a bill of lading number and date for movement by ship. This will help in availing the ODC benefits for movement using ships and facilitate the updating of vehicle details as and when moved on road.
18th May 2021
The CBIC in Notification 15/2021-Central Tax has notified that the blocking of GSTINs for e-Way Bill generation is now considered only for the defaulting supplier’s GSTIN and not for the defaulting recipient or the transporter’s GSTIN.
17th March 2021
1. The e-way bills portal has released an update stating that e-way bills cannot be generated with only SAC codes (99) for services. There should be a minimum of one HSN code belonging to goods mentioned mandatorily.
2. Vehicle type ODC is provisioned for transport mode ‘Ship’.
3. Transporters are provided with a report of e-way bills based on the assigned date.
22nd December 2020
1. The CBIC increased the distance per day in case of goods transported through vehicles, other than the over-dimensional cargo, for determining the validity, as follows:
(a) It is one day – For a distance of up to 200 km as against earlier 100 km
(b) An additional day is taken- For every additional 200 km or part thereof, as against previously notified additional 100 km or part thereof
2. Regarding blocking of the e-way bill where a taxpayer fails to file GSTR-3B, the provision has been amended to replace two or more months with two or more tax periods. The same has been changed to include the quarterly return filers.
16th November 2020
1. According to Rule 138E (a) and (b) of the CGST Rules, 2017, the e-way bill generation facility of a taxpayer will be restricted, if the taxpayer fails to file their Form GSTR-3B returns or statement in Form GST CMP-08, for tax periods of two or more.
2. On 1st December 2020, the system will check the status of returns filed in Form GSTR-3B or the statements filed in Form GST CMP-08, for the class of taxpayers to whom it applies, and restrict the generation of e-way bill in case of:
(a) Non-filing of two or more returns in Form GSTR-3B for the months up to October 2020; and
(b) Non-filing of two or more statements in Form GST CMP-08 for the quarters up to July to September 2020
3. From 1st December 2020 onwards, blocking of e-way bill generation facilities would be made applicable to all taxpayers, irrespective of their Aggregate Annual Turnover (AATO), according to the terms of Rule 138E (a) and (b) of the CGST Rules, 2017.
4. The blocking will take place periodically from 1st December 2020 onwards.
5. To continue generating e-way bill on the e-way bill portal, taxpayers are advised to file their pending GSTR-3B returns/GST CMP-08 statements immediately.
For a long time now, Gujarat has been a major hub for doing business. A large number of manufacturing and trading activities take place in the state which has a huge contribution to the country’s economic growth. The government of Gujarat has always kept the commercial taxes and its procedures simple and transparent to make it easy for businesses to operate.
Before GST was rolled out and the whole idea of common E way Bill was brought in, Gujarat had a system of tracking movement of goods. For any movement of taxable goods in, from or to the state, a permit in Form 402/403/405 was made applicable. This was generated from visiting the commercial tax department’s website of Gujarat i.e. For guidelines on generating Form 402/403/405 through commercial tax website, click here
Under the VAT system, for movement of goods within the state, or goods moving out of the state, the consignor was required to electronically generate Form 402 in triplicate (For Consignor, driver, and consignee). For the movement of goods into the state, a permit in Form 403 was required to generated in triplicate by the consignor. This was made mandatory by an order dated 22nd December 2014.
Through an order passed by the Central Government on 7th March 2018, the cross-border or say the inter-state movement of goods has been brought within the framework of National E way Bill system from 1st April 2018. Thus for any movement to outside the state from Gujarat, the dealers are required to generate E way Bill on the portal
By an order passed on 28th March 2018, the state government notified the dealers that no E way Bill is required to be generated for intra-state (within the state) movement of goods with effect from 1st April 2018. Thus, there is no requirement of the permits (E way Bill) for movement of goods within the state as of today. Now by an order issued on 11th April 2018, for the movement of goods within the state from 15th April 2018 onwards, E way Bill will be required to generate for 19 particular categories of goods where the value of goods being transferred exceeds Rs, 50,000.
Gujarat along with four other states has agreed for the same and the transit pass requirements have been made mandatory for dealers in Gujarat. The 19 category of goods for which E way Bill is required to be generated from 15th April 2018 onwards are as follows:
However, no E way Bill is required to be generated for intra-city movement of any goods including the above.
There are two methods of generating the E way Bill:
A. Through the online portal
B. Through SMS (Short Message Service)
For a generation of E way Bills through the online portal, the dealers have to visit the NIC Portal. The dealers are required to register themselves on the portal using their GSTIN and then they can start generating E way Bills for movement of goods. The details like consignee name and address, item description, the value of goods, quantity, etc. are to be provided for generating the E way Bill. The form to be filled is pretty much self-explanatory and has been made user-friendly for the dealers.
The Central Government has also brought in a channel of generating E way Bills though SMS. For using this service, please follow the steps as shown here.
An E way Bill is valid for the below mentioned periods which are broadly based on the distance travelled by the goods in transit. The validity of the E way Bill is calculated from the date and time when the E way Bill was generated.
|Type of conveyance||Distance||Validity of EWB|
|Other than Over dimensional cargo||Less Than 100 Kms||1 Day|
|For every additional 100 Kms or part thereof||1 Additional Day|
|For Over dimensional cargo||Less Than 20 Kms||1 Day|
|For every additional 20 Kms or part thereof||1 Additional Day|
The validity of E way Bill can be extended also. The generator of such E way Bill has to either four hours before expiry or within four hours after its expiry can extend E way Bill validity.
A dealer has an option to reject the E way Bills generated by any other party (recipient or supplier) using the dealer’s GSTIN. For example, if the consignment didn’t reach the destination at all as it was cancelled on the way, the recipient may reject the E way Bill. The dealer requires the following to reject an E way Bill:
A. Date of generation of E way Bill
B. E way Bill number you want to reject
Step 1: Login to the E way Bill portal and click on ‘Reject’.
Step 2: Select the date on which E way Bill was generated and click on ‘Submit’
Step 3: The list of all E way Bills that were generated on the selected date appears.
Step 4: Tick mark the E way Bills you want to reject.
A message appears on the screen once the E way Bill is successfully rejected.
Note: The acceptance or rejection of the E way Bill can be communicated. If the communication of acceptance or rejection is not sent within 72 hours, the E way Bill is automatically deemed to be accepted.
If the goods were never transported or are not transported as per the details furnished in the E way Bill, then the generator of such E way Bills can cancel the E way Bill by following the steps below. Steps to cancel an E way Bill are as follows:
Step-1: Click on ‘E way Bill’ / ‘Consolidated EWB’ and Select ‘Cancel’ from the drop down
Step-2: Enter the 12 -digit E way Bill number for the EWB you want to cancel and click on ‘Go’ The EWB selected appears. Give a suitable reason for cancellation. For example, the goods are not being moved, incorrect entry in the E way Bill entered.
The following shall be kept in mind for cancellation of E way Bills:
Gujarat is a state which contributes substantially to the textiles fabric industry of the country. There is a large number of manufacturers and traders in the textile industry having operations in Gujarat. The ease of doing business has been a prime agenda for the government of Gujarat.
With textile fabrics being kept out of the list of items on which E way Bill is required to be generated for intra-state (within the state) movement, the dealers belonging to this community see it as a great step in helping them conduct their business with more ease.
Another issue that is significant for the dealers in Gujarat is the validity of these E way Bills. The timelines have been made common for all items in transit. Certain dealers raise questions, where general items take certain days to cover the distance while transporting them, items like heavy machinery and large equipment take double the time. Gujarat being a state where a large number of manufacturing activities are conducted, these issues bring hurdles in running businesses smoothly and in a hassle-free fashion.