Some companies have complained that moving goods had come to a complete standstill.
With the E-way bill generation platform facing technical glitches, the Government on Thursday said it is extending the trial period for e-way bill. However, the government has not clarified how long the trial will run.
“In view of difficulties faced by the trade in generating e-way bill due to initial tech glitches, it has been decided to extend the trial phase for generation of e-way bill, both for inter and intra-State movement of goods. It shall be made compulsory from a date to be announced,” said a Governmnet tweet.
E-way bill became mandatory from today (February 1, 2018) but throughout the day there have reports of the platform crashing. Some companies have complained that moving goods had come to a complete standstill.
The trial period of E-way bill had started on January 15.
“The GST server was unresponsive since morning and gave unnerving moments to the logistics teams of the taxpayers who were apprehensive on movement of goods without E-way bill. Availability of system 24X7 on real time basis is crucial, unlike monthly return filing system. Otherwise it will either result in non compliance of law or restricting the trade,” says KPMG India, Partner, Priyajit Ghosh.
Pratik Jain, Partner & Leader, Indirect Tax – PwC India says this is precisely what Industry was concerned about. “It’s good that Government has been quick to defer it. It might be better to first start with E-way bill only for interstate transactions before moving to Intra State. Hopefully, the trial period will also provide the Government an opportunity to test the system and fix the technical glitches,” says Jain.