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On 11th June, 2018, the ‘Update multi-vehicle’ feature for E-way bill was enabled bringing in the much-needed declaration tool to reduce the efforts of many transporters. This option is available at the place of transhipment and not from supplier’s place.
It is used to update for moving a single consignment in multiple vehicles from transhipment place. Earlier, separate delivery challans had to be raised first for consignment moving in multiple-vehicles, followed by generation of separate E-way bills for the same. Now, using the multi-vehicle updation, the multiple conveyance details can be filled in after generating the E-way bill.
29th August 2021
From 1st May 2021 to 18th August 2021, the taxpayers will not face blocking of e-way bills for non-filing of GSTR-1 or GSTR-3B (two months or more for monthly filer and one quarter or more for QRMP taxpayers) for March 2021 to May 2021.
4th August 2021
Blocking of e-way bills due to non-filing of GSTR-3B resumes from 15th August 2021.
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.
Let us consider an example of sending goods from Karnataka to Sikkim whereby goods are being sent by rail to West Bengal and from there it is being transported by road. West Bengal will be the place of transhipment. From there, the goods are being moved in multiple lorries to reach the ultimate destination which is in Sikkim (considering that the ultimate destination is not connected by rail). In the earlier scenario, a single invoice would be issued and if at all they had to be sent in different vehicles, multiple delivery challans had to be raised. For each delivery challan, a new E-way bill had to be generated. But as per the changes enabled, as soon as the goods reach West Bengal, the same E-way bill can be updated with the vehicle details of the lorries that will be transporting the goods to Sikkim. A standard E-way bill has to be generated from the first transaction and then the same should be updated at West Bengal. The E-way bill can be generated on the common portal. Note that if goods were to be transported in just a single lorry in the above case, the Part-B of the same e-way bill had to be updated with a different mode of transport due to the reason of transhipment.
In a widely prevalent transporter used case, the supplier sends goods to the warehouse of the transporter. From the warehouse, the goods are sent to different destinations through multiple vehicles(Distribution chain). In the above example, when the vehicle reaches the warehouse, the remaining vehicle details should be updated in the E-way bill.
Generating E-way bill and updating multiple vehicle details
|Case 1||Case 2|
|Karnataka to West Bengal- Normal E-way bill||Factory to Warehouse- Normal E-way bill|
|West Bengal to Sikkim-transportation in lorries- update multiple vehicle details (this has to be done after the goods reach West Bengal)||Warehouse to destinations A, B and C in lorries- update multiple vehicle details (this has to be done after goods reach the warehouse)|
|One group creation required on portal||Three group creation required on portal|
Note: Number of groups required to created= Number of different destinations
Step 1- Go to Menu and select ‘Change to multiple E-way bill’ option. Enter E-way bill number for which multiple vehicle details is required and click ‘Go’.
Step 2: In this section, create group to enter details of transportation- destination and select mode whether is by road, rail, air or ship. Select ‘Yes’, against ‘Do you wish to move goods in multiple vehicles?’ Multiple Vehicle Movement Details box appears as given below.
We have to key in ‘From’ and ‘To’ place, total quantity (matching the quantity as per Invoice), reason (reason for entering multiple vehicle details could be given, like moving the goods in a different or a smaller mode of transportation etc.) and enter remarks to create a Group for updating the multiple transport details for the E-way bill. In our examples: Details in ‘From’ section for case 1 will be West Bengal and for case 2 will be the place of the warehouse. Details in ‘To’ section for case 1 will be Sikkim and for case 2 will be A, B and C respectively. Click on ‘Go’ after entering the E-way bill number after which, the groups created will be shown in the drop-down options. From these options, groups have to be selected and vehicle details have to be updated. After following the above steps and submitting the details, the groups created will be saved. Once the goods reach the place of transhipment, and vehicle details have to be updated for each of the groups created.
Step 3: After creating the group under Step-2, Part-B must be updated under ‘Change to multiple vehicle’ option. In this step, the group that was created earlier must be updated with the different destination groups. If there are multiple destinations (like in case study 2) we have to select the respective group & update Part-B & repeat the process for the remaining groups.
After selecting the group, the vehicle details have to be updated in Part-B for all selections made. Additionally, transporter document number, as well as the quantity to be transported in that vehicle, have to be keyed in.
After the above details have been entered, the updated E-way bill with multi-vehicle details gets generated and the same can be printed for reference. It is important to ensure the validity of the E-way bill from the ‘Valid To’ section must be applicable for multiple vehicles as given in the image above. In case 1, part B will have vehicle details of lorry between West Bengal to Sikkim whereas, in case 2, part B will have vehicle details of 3 lorries to destination A, 2 lorries to destination B and 2 lorries to destination C.
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