Govt systems crash, but eBay asks sellers to generate e-way bills wherever possible

6th Feb 2018
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Following system glitches, the government on Thursday was forced to postpone the implementation of the e-way bill, but ecommerce company Mintkart India (formerly eBay India) has asked its sellers to generate e-way bills wherever possible.

The e-way bill system is designed to help tax authorities track both inter-state and intra-state movements of goods of value exceeding Rs 50,000 in the new GST regime. The new system will do away with the current practice of obtaining a separate transit pass for passage of goods in every state.

eBay India has recommended sellers to generate e-way bill that tracks the inter-state movement of goods.The e-way bill system was rolled out last week, but the system crashed under severe load. As part of the system, an electronic bill has to be generated by transporters on the GSTN portal. The system was developed by the NIC (National Informatics Centre) and its implementation is being handled by the GSTN.

Mintkart India, in a communication to sellers, said sellers should work towards "familiarising with e-way bill system, even though it's not mandatory at this point of time, will help you adopt it seamlessly when it is made mandatory”.

The company stated that while the GST Council had extended the trial phase for generation of e-way bills, both for inter and intra-state movement of goods, it would be made compulsory at a later date. The state of Gujarat notified it will implement the e-way bill from February 21.

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