National Informatics Centre issues forthcoming changes in e-Waybill system

Mar 28, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The forthcoming changes in e-Way bill (EWB) system are as under:

•Auto calculation of route distance based on PIN code for generation of EWB:

Now, E-waybill system is being enabled to auto calculate the route distance for movement of goods, based on the Postal PIN codes of source and destination locations. That is, the e-waybill system will calculate and display the actual distance between the supplier and recipient addresses. User is allowed to enter the actual distance as per his movement of goods. However, it will be limited to 10% more than the displayed distance for entry. In case, the source PIN and destination PIN are same, the user can enter up to a maximum of 100KMs only. If the PIN entered is incorrect, the system would alert the user as INVALID PIN CODE. Further, these e-waybills having INVALID PIN codes are flagged for review by the department.

•Blocking of generation of multiple E-Way Bills on one Invoice/document:

The government has decided that, once E-way Bill is generated with an invoice number, then none of the parties - consignor, consignee or transporter - can generate the E-Way Bill with the same invoice number. One Invoice, One E-way Bill policy is followed. 

•Extension of E-Way Bill in case Consignment is in Transit:

During the extension of the e-way bill, the user is prompted to answer whether the Consignment is in Transit or in Movement. On selection of In Transit, the address details of the transit place need to be provided. On selection of In Movement the system will prompt the user to enter the Place and Vehicle details from where the extension is required. In both these scenarios, the destination PIN will be considered from the PART-A of the E-way Bill for calculation of distance for movement and validity date. This facility is being incorporated in the next version for the extension of E-way Bill.

•Blocking of Interstate Transactions for Composition dealers:

As per the GST Act, the composition tax payers are not supposed to do Interstate transactions. Hence next version will not allow generation of e-way bill for inter-state movement, if the supplier is composition tax payer. 

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