Courier Cos Say E-Way bills Defeat the GST Spirit

Express logistics players on Wednesday hit out against the e-way bills provision under GST, saying the extra paperwork and processes is contrary to the spirit of the tax reform and threatens the industry’s survival. Under GST, the idea is to reduce the processes and introduce the ‘one country one tax’ regime.

All the benefits of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be lost because of e-way bills, and the country risks slipping back on the global logistics performance index. Explained that under the e-way bills framework, a new document is to be generated at every level of trans-shipment of an article and the Rs 20,000-crore industry will end up doing 10 crore e-way bills per day for their 3 crore parcels.

The e-way bill provision has been decided by the GST Council and will be implemented in six months, and a transition arrangement is being worked out for the interim period from July 1, when the country moves to GST.

The industry has also made its case to the GST Council, and Ministries of Commerce and Civil Aviation on this aspect, but is yet to get any positive response.


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