GST E-way bill: Technical glitches bring trading to a virtual standstill on day 1

The first day of compulsory application of E-way bill saw massive disruptions as the site crashed and taxpayers could not generate the necessary document.

In the GST law, if you move goods within the same entity and within the same state, there is no tax associated with it. IGST is applicable only when there is inter-state movement of goods and therefore no one was expecting that there would be an E-way bill from February 1 for movement of goods within a state.

“It was a nightmare where for the first time it became a virtual business bandh. There was no dispatch of goods and millions of businesses were struggling since early morning. I I know of thousands of businesses that had to close early because raw materials could not reach them. Similarly, I could not dispatch goods to customers across India. I am sure if he Government takes a look, they would see February 1 would be the day when minimum business took place,” says Rajiv Chawla, Chairman of JaiRaj Group and President of Faridabad Small Industries Association.

The Finance Ministry said the trial phase for using GST e-way bills will be extended till the glitches are fixed.

After a 14-day trial run that started on January 17, transporters were required to use e-way bills from February 1, the day the Union Budget for fiscal 2019 was unveiled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

But hundreds of transporters complained they could not generate the e-way bills. Many of them took to Twitter with complaints that the e-way bill portal was down, with some even pointing out what they claimed was security concerns due to use of insecure “http” connection over the secure “https” – a protocol over which data is sent between a browser and the website.

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